TROUBLE AT GOODEWOODE MANOR by Linda Heller

TROUBLE AT GOODEWOODE MANOR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A lightweight spoof on British upper-class grandeur that might tickle a few young American funnybones--though some kids will find Daisy and Arabella (and their doting teacher Miss Dovecroft and Cook-of-the-ample-picnic-hampers) just too-too precious. The conceit that sets the story spinning, however, is rather fun: Daisy and Arabella, taking refuge from a sudden storm, find themselves lost in their own great house. And, lacking a North Star or a trail of broken branches to guide them back to the parlour, they make a map. They also descend in the direction of strange sounds--not ""the voices of our famous ancestors who came to terrible ends,"" it turns out, but the cackling of ""the dear little chicks"" (full-grown now) that Daisy was given last Easter. And when they tumble down a laundry chute, the map and the chicks together point the way to an impromptu, spectacular return. With the map and slyly humorous, appropriately gilded pictures, an amusing romp for certain, slightly sophisticated tastes.

Pub Date: May 25th, 1981
Publisher: Macmillan