Synopsis: The Family from One End Street by Eve Garnett is the story of everyday life in the big, happy Ruggles family who live in the small town of Otwell. Father is a dustman and Mother a washerwoman. Then there’s all the children – practical Lily Rose, clever Kate, mischievous twins James and John, followed by Jo, who loves films, little Peg and finally baby William.

A truly classic book awarded the Carnegie Medal as the best children’s book of 1937.

Release Date: 3rd July 2014 (Original in 1937)

Genres: Classics, Children’s Classics, Classic Literature, Middle Grade, Historical, Family

Pages: 320

Review: A bigger sized family in a small town, 4 boys and three girls who all have big ideas like their father and get themselves in some rather unusual situations.

I was really hoping that this was going to be funny, from the description it sounded hilarious but I personally didn’t find much humour in the book. The children were certainly mischievous and really got into some funny and unusual situations but they didn’t make me laugh.

I liked that each chapter focused on a different member of the family creating the world in this book as a whole, seeing exactly who each child or adult was. I did notice one child was missed though and didn’t get her own fun tale. I liked that each story could also be connected to the next one as you read.

I enjoyed reading this book for the most part and found the children’s antics interesting, I cannot say I liked the book as a whole as their were issues I found with it, though the story is dated and you have to take that into perspective when reading.

It was a very unique book and I found I was still really invested in knowing what all the kids were going to get up to and then we even got chapters on the parents too which were also interesting to read. Overall it was a good book, just wasn’t funny like I had been expecting.

About Author: Eve Garnett was born in 1900 in Worcestershire, and studied art at Chelsea Polytechnic and the Royal Academy School of Art. Whilst a student, she sketched the people of the East End slums and was haunted by the poverty she had witnessed, resolving to do something to bring the plight of the working-class family to people’s attention. The Family from One End Street was originally published by Frederick Muller in 1937, followed by The Further Adventures of the Family from One End Street in 1956, and Holiday at Dew Drop Inn in 1962. She died in 1991.


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