The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Hidden Gallery, Paperback Book

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Hidden Gallery Paperback

Part of the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series

4 out of 5 (5 ratings)


Of especially naughty children it is sometimes said, "They must have been raised by wolves." The Incorrigible Children actually were. Thanks to the efforts of their plucky governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia are much more like children than wolf cubs now.

They are accustomed to wearing clothes. They hardly ever howl at the moon. And for the most part, they resist the urge to chase squirrels up trees. Despite Penelope's civilizing influence, the Incorrigibles still managed to ruin Lady Constance's Christmas ball, nearly destroying the grand house.

So while Ashton Place is being restored, Penelope, the Ashtons, and the children take up residence in London.

Penelope is thrilled, as London offers so many opportunities to further the education of her unique students.

But the city presents challenges, too, in the form of the palace guards' bearskin hats, which drive the children wild - not to mention the abundance of pigeons the Incorrigibles love to hunt.

As they explore London, however, they discover more about themselves as clues about the children's - and Penelope's - mysterious past crop up in the most unexpected ways...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
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  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9780061791130

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I wish more had happened in this book. More clues are dropped on the reader, but no resolution. The book feels incomplete - the whole plot is Penelope receives a letter, goes to London, and finds a clue to her own mysterious origins. I wish some real progress had been made in the story; perhaps in the third installment. This was a very good sequel, so of course I will read the next. The characters are just as well-written as in the first book, and all the ahwooing is just as cute.

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This is actually the second book in a series, but thanks to the author's helpful blurb of the previous book at the beginning of the story, I was able to read this with very little problems. The book is about a Victorian governess's attempts to tame and school a trio of young children who were presumably abandoned by their parents and raised by wolves. It's not always easy, of course, being the governess to these three children, as all of them long to talk in barks and howls and they always have the urge to walk about on all fours, but the governess is largely successful in her efforts. This book details the governess and her pupils trip to London, where they must deal with thespian pirates, a tempting zoo, and a mysterious mystery about the childrens long-lost parents.This book was light, fluffy, and amusing. I finished it in a few hours, and it kept me occupied whilst in the throes of a fever. The mystery about the childrens' parentage is interesting enough, although I was a little dissapointed that it wasn't resolved at the end of the book. However, I enjoy the slighly satiric prose of the book, and it has good characters and interesting situations.

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The Hidden Gallery by Maryrose Wood is the second book in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series. The first book in the series is currently a YRCA selection for 2013. The book picks up right where the first left off, with the mess of the ball still on everyone's mind. The heroine, Miss Penelope Lumley, decides it might be a good idea to take the children to London for a trip to clear their heads and get away from Ashton Place for awhile. She also wishes to visit with the headmistress of her former school whom she formed a close relationship with. When she asks Lady Constance, the wife of Lord Ashton, she agrees immediately, but to Penelope's dismay she decides to come along as well. When they arrive in London, things immediately begin to get mysterious again. Penelope receives a strange guidebook from her former headmistress and an old gypsy in the street yells some rather cryptic words at the children. Then, when Penelope finally meets with Miss Mortimer, her former headmistress she also gives her a rather mysterious warning regarding the moon and wolves. Through the rest of the book adventure and mystery ensue, including inebriated actors, questionable judges, and of course a hidden gallery. More questions arise about the origins of the children, of Lord Ashton, and even of Miss Penelope Lumley herself. We can only hope that some of these questions will be answered in the next book, The Unseen Guest. I enjoyed this book just as much as the first, once again for the humorous writing and the sense of mystery which permeated throughout. Jon Klassen's illustrations throughout helped to further the plot and provide some humorous asides. Maryrose Wood's writing is very strong again, particularly when she breaks from the plot to go of on humorous tangents. One such tangent that I particularly enjoyed is:"On the other hand , perhaps Mr. Burns was using his poetic license. This is the license that allows poets to say things that are not precisely true without being accused of telling lies. Anyone may obtain such a license, but still, the powers it grants must be wielded responsibly. (A word to the wise: When asked, "Who put the empty milk carton back in the refrigerator?" if you reply, "My incorrigible sister, Lavinia," when in fact it is you who are the guilty party, at the ensuing trial, the judge will not be impressed to hear you defend yourself by claiming that your whopper was merely "poetic license.")All in all, an enjoyable easy read that could be enjoyed by readers of almost any age.

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This is such a fun series, in this one we find out that there is a curse on the children, we also get a few more hints at a connections between Miss Lumley and the children beyond the fact that she is their governess, also what is going on with Lord Ashton and just what is his actual connection with the children. Miss Lumley also meets a very interesting man named Simon who may end up being the man for her. Old Tom may not be as creepy and scary as we first assumed. Also what is the connection with the paintings in the secret room in the museum and the paintings in the attic?When Miss Lumley, Simon and the children go to a West End production about pirates Miss Lumley thinks this will be a great educational opportunity for the children but as you can guess things do not go as planned what happens at the show and the chase through the streets of London were hilarious. We also get more of the gypsy woman and a parrot and pirates.I also love that the children will say the most intelligent things then end the sentence with a howl. I can’t wait to know the answers to my questions and to spend more time with these incorrigible children.As usual Katherine Kellgren’s narration was pure perfection, her narration of Lady Constance is such fun and in my head she is classic movie star Billie Burke (Mrs.Topper, the mother in You Can’t Take it With You and Glinda the good witch in Wizard of Oz, she’s a great actress). Katherine does these awhooof’s of the children’s language so well. I can’t imagine anyone else doing as good of a job as Katherine Kellgren does!I am hoping book 3 will be available from the library soon; I need to know what happens next.4 ½ Stars

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The mystery deepens in this charming sequel to The Mysterious Howling. The romance subplot was sweet, and I'm very keen to find out what happens in the next installment.

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