Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Horton Halfpott

Due to the recent demise of my laptop (sniff.) and my increasingly hectic schedule, I have an enormous backlog of books to review.  So I'm back to last year's strategy of nutshell reviews: reviewing the books in ten or fewer sentences.  My goal is to get caught up with all my books by the end of the year.

This book is by the same author as The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, and while the humor is still there, this one is set in Victorian England rather than a modern American middle school.  Our hero is Horton Halfpott, a servant at the elegant Smugwick Manor.  A bizarre and humorous chain of events begins when M'Lady Luggertuck, mistress of Smugwick Manor, loosens her corset one fine morning, culminating in the mysterious disappearance of a precious family heirloom, the Luggertuck Lump.  Of course the scrupulously honest Horton is innocent, despite the accusations against him.  A lively and unusual cast of characters combine to make this an intriguing, amusing and absurd mystery novel that I enjoyed very much.

I did wonder as I read whether younger readers would appreciate the humor as much as I did, however.  My ten-year-old adored Origami Yoda but sadly only made it partway through this one before she gave up.  So I would suggest Horton Halfpott as an excellent choice for a read-aloud - I think if we'd read it together, I could have stopped to explained things so she'd have appreciated the humor much more.  Fans of humor and historical novels should definitely give this one a try.

Also by Tom Angleberger: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

Horton Halfpott or The Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor or The Loosening of M'Lady Luggertuck's Corset by Tom Angleberger (Amulet Books, 2011)


  1. I really want to give this author a try.

  2. This looks really interesting. I also love the wacky names. hee!

    Glad to see you back, though briefly! I miss your blog posts!

  3. Kailana - I've enjoyed both books I've read by this author, but I think I liked Origmai Yoda a bit more. I have the sequel out from the library right now and hope to get to it soon. My 10-year-old ran off with it as soon as she saw it and said she liked it even more than the first one, so that's a good sign!

    Cat - Thanks! I've missed being around, but I have a new laptop now, so no excuses! I am looking forward to getting caught up with everyone in the next week or so. I'm so behind on writing and reading reviews - ack!

  4. I just checked this one out ~ glad to hear you liked it! Eager to start it tonight.

    Tanya :)

  5. Sorry it took me so long to post your comment! I never think to look in my "awaiting moderation" folder, but doing that for older posts has cut down on spam a lot. Did you like the book? Have you read Origami Yoda? I thought they were both fun.


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