The Lotterys Plus One

The Lotterys Plus One

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Once upon a time, two couples with Jamaican, Mohawk, Indian, and Scottish ethnic roots won the lottery and bought a big house where all of them, four adults and seven adopted and biological children, could live together in harmony--but change is inevitable, especially when a disagreeable grandfather comes to stay.
Publisher: New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780545925815
0545925819
Branch Call Number: JF DONOG-E
Characteristics: 303 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Hadilaksono, Caroline - Illustrator

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brangwinn
Apr 23, 2017

Gosh, its’ been a while since I so enjoyed a book that I finished it in a day, but that was the case with this book by Emma Donoghue (Room). Aimed at upper elementary, it is the story of a modern family, perhaps to modern for some parents who will complain because their children are reading a book in which two same-sex couples are co-parenting a “mongrel” multiracial family. The humor is great. It’s narrated by 9-year-old Sumac, who is pitch perfect in this homeschooled loving family. But when a Grandfather with dementia comes to live with the family, she declares war. He doesn’t want to be there and she doesn’t want him to be there. It reminds me of a very modern War with Grandpa (Robert Kimmel Smith). Popcorn’s (one of the dad’s) comparing dementia to Swiss cheese is right on target. Everything around the holes is solid.

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marthabwaters
Apr 17, 2017

I had slightly mixed feelings about this one. Donoghue is undoubtedly a talented writer, and you'd never guess that this is her first attempt at a kids' book – she gets the tone just right. But, on the other hand, this book was maybe 20% just too much for me. It was exceptionally twee and hipster – all the kids in the family are named after trees! They call their house Camelottery (since their last name is Lottery)! Their back porch is called the Derriere! They call their lost & found bin the Loseded and Finded because that's what one of the kids called it as a toddler! Etc. etc. etc. It's like Donoghue had all these fun ideas for cute little details to add into the story to create some character, but instead of picking and choosing among them, she just dumped ALL of them in the story. The story arc itself I really liked (one of their grandfathers, who has dementia, comes to live with them, and is grumpy and horrified by their unconventional family [which is a gay couple and a lesbian couple coparenting their 7 kids]) but I can't forget the number of times I rolled my eyes while reading this. So... I don't know how to feel!

debwalker Apr 09, 2017

Donoghue for middle school and I bet many adults. A big complicated family in a Parkdale mansion. Real estate envy!

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