Wednesday, April 18, 2012


This week I channeled my inner child and reached for a youthful adventure on the high seas.  (Okay, it’s on a lake, but there’s a big storm…) 

Book Title:  The Bobbsey Twins on a Houseboat
Author:  Laura Lee Hope
Genre:  Children’s Fiction
Setting:  Fictional city of “Lakeport” somewhere in the northeast section of the United States. 
Format:  Hardcover
Pages:  184
Publication date:  Revised 1950 version based on original 1915 story
Publisher:  Grosset & Dunlap, Inc
Opening Line:  “OH, LOOK!” cried Freddie Bobbsey.  “Somebody built a home right on the water!”
Favorite Passage:  After Mrs. Bobbsey had made a lot of purchases at a market, she led her family to a restaurant which fascinated the children.  The walls were covered with old-time guns and rifles, and in a showcase were figures dressed in Revolutionary War period costumes.  The waitresses wore old-fashioned dresses and caps.
Suddenly Flossie asked, “Mother, is the food out-of-date too?”

Beach Read Rating:  3 out of 5 Beach Umbrellas

Review:  I’d never read The Bobbsey Twins as a child, and didn’t realize how young an audience they were geared toward.  However, they shared the same sense of adventure and mischief/danger at every turn as Nancy Drew, Girl Detective.  No big surprise since The Bobbsey Twins are from the same Stratemeyer Syndicate which parceled outlines to various authors over the series.  (In other words, there is no such author as Laura Lee Hope.)  But still, we all have days when we need to feel like a child again, and this book was just what the doctor ordered.    

Flap Copy:  Join the Bobbseys as they set sail on a houseboat -- where mystery and intrigue await!

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