“The 'loosening' of a corset sets the tone for another hilarious story by the author of the bestseller The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. At Smugwick Manor life is very nice if you are a Luggertuck, but very not nice if you are a lowly kitchen servant like Horton Halfpott. As M'Lady's corset loosens, so do the rules at the manor, allowing for a series of thefts that get Horton arrested just as the love of his life, Celia, is about to be kidnapped. A clever entertainment with important life lessons for all ages.”
— Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI
Tom Angleberger's latest, loopiest middle-grade novel begins when M'Lady Luggertuck loosens her corset (it's never been loosened before ), thereby setting off a chain of events in which all the strict rules of Smugwick Manor are abandoned. When, as a result of -the Loosening, - the precious family heirloom, the Luggertuck Lump (quite literally a lump), goes missing, the Luggertucks look for someone to blame. Is it Horton Halfpott, the good-natured but lowly kitchen boy who can't tell a lie? Or one of the many colorful cast members in this silly romp of a mystery. Praise for Horton Halfpott -A positively gleeful historical mystery farce. Short chapters, a fast pace and plenty of linguistic and slapstistic humor will have young readers hoping that a sequel is planned. The scribbly pen-and-ink chapter-heading cartoon illustrations are just icing on the cake--or pickle eclair. A romp from start to finish.- -Kirkus Reviews -Exaggerated black-and-white drawings emphasize the often wacky humor in this goofy faux-British mystery. Sprawling, outlandish tale.- -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books -Readers will enjoy Angleberger's penchant for the absurd as well as his many droll asides. With Angleberger's many eclectic characters, his wild-and-witty storytelling, and a lighthearted but perplexing mystery--involving a -lump- of diamonds, a couple of wigs, and a bust of Napoleon--readers are in for a treat.- -Publishers Weekly -From the author of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, here's an amusing romp of a mystery that balances skulduggery with just rewards.- -Booklist-Much like Dickens or Dahl, an opinionated narrator with a strong sense of the ridiculous directs this story.- -School Library Journal
About the Author
Tom Angleberger is the author of the runaway bestseller The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, which the New York Times called a -delightful first novel- and which Publishers Weekly dubbed a -snappy debut.- He is also a columnist for the Roanoke (Va.) Times. He lives in Christianburg, Virginia, with his wife, the author and illustrator Cece Bell.