Book #3 in the Incorrigible Children if Ashton Place series.
Penelope has been making remarkable progress with the children, and they have taken up bird watching. Strange; who knew ostrich’s lived on the Ashton grounds?
The house is in an uproar as it tries to prepare for the arrival of Widow Ashton, Lord Frederick’s mother. No one was expecting her until the day she announced she was on her way.
The widow has been mourning her dead husband, drowned in a medicinal tar pit, for all these years in a convent. However, she has recently met a wonderful man, the Admiral Faucet has asked for her hand in marriage and she wishes for her “Freddie’s” approval.
As soon as Admiral Faucet hears of the ostrich, they learn that the ostrich belongs to him and cost him a great deal. He proposes a search party to find her in the woods of Ashton place and enlists the help of the Incorrigible’s to sniff out the large bird before Frederick Ashton’s hunting dogs do. But can the Incorrigibles control themselves in the woods, or will Penelope be forced to admit that maybe the children are better off in the woods?
This book is even more hilarious than the first and second, filled with the sayings of Agatha Swanburne and Penelope’s lists of things to bring on this outdoor excursion. Of course, the audio is the best, as you have already heard.
This book is so mysterious….and no, no questions from the last book are answered. More is told, but the original questions change after this book.
If you are reading this book and happen to be concerned that there is a seance, don’t be. It’s all hilarious, and nothing really scary happens.
Filled with plot twists that even a certain nice young playwright would be excited about (whom we of course haven’t seen the last of!), this is my favorite out of all five of the books.
Overall Rating: 5/5
Language: 0/10 (unless exclaiming ‘blast!’ when a certain book goes missing….)
Audience: Ages 8 and up.