Author: Maryrose Wood
Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
Publisher: Books on Tape
Publication Date: 2010
Listening copy via Sync
I downloaded The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood last summer as part of Sync's audiobook promotion, and I finally got a chance to listen to this delightful novel.
The Mysterious Howling is the first in The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series, a rollicking good read for children through younger YA. Penelope Lumley is the fifteen year old governess from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females and her first job is to teach three children who were literally raised by wolves until discovered by Lord Ashton and brought to Ashton Place. The children, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia, are given to howling at the moon, eating their food uncomfortably rare, and chasing squirrels.
But Miss Lumley has the pluck and good sense of a Swanburne girl to take on this challenge and make sure the children learn their manners and the proper use of a globe. The writing gives more than a nod to Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl, with winking prose that acknowledges the reader.
Narrator Katherine Kellgren admirably captures the essence of the different characters, whether it's the sensible Miss Lumley, the aristocratic Lady Ashton, or the wild Incorrigible children who punctuate their words with howls and growls.
Absolute fun from beginning to end!
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling Book Trailer