The Penderwicks

The Penderwicks
by Jeanne Birdsall

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

This family reminded me so much of another family that I spent some childhood hours with – I think I’m thinking of the Moffats.  I really enjoy the dynamic of a bunch of sisters, especially when their ages are spaced out in unusual ways.  The oldest three in this story are each a year apart (12, 11, and 10) and then the littlest one is 4.  To me, the youngest is the most endearing, though they all have their moments.  There is one scene where they are at a fancy dinner party and the littlest, Batty, wearing her usual butterfly wings, is spotted by the oldest, Rosalind, as the wings are disappearing underneath the table because shy Batty is uncomfortable.  Many scenes with Batty and her butterfly wings made me laugh out loud from the mere description.  Birdsall definitely has an eye for detail and an ear for dialogue which made this book such a delight.  I am a big fan of a happy ending, especially for children’s books, so I definitely appreciated this one.  It mostly didn’t feel contrived or too forced, and there was even an element of romance for the Rosalind, which would hold the interest of slightly older readers.  I would say it’s excellent fun for 4th-6th graders, especially the more mischievous (or those who would be mischievous if they were a bit more daring, but are content to read about other kids being mischievous).  If they liked it, give ’em The Moffats.  Personally, I can’t wait to read the sequel!

4 thoughts on “The Penderwicks

  1. Pam

    I LOVED this book!! Thanks for reviewing it. Also, people who liked the Elizabeth Enright series “The Saturdays”, “The Four-Story Mistake”, etc will love this.

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