The Incorrigible children actually were.
Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children. Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these wild creatures, and how did they come to live in the forests of the estate? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to teach the Incorrigibles table manners in time for the holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische?
Thanks to the efforts of their plucky governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia are less like wild animals and more like almost-proper children 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. But a trip to London provides a slew of new challenges, and as clues to the children's—and Penelope's—past come to light, they find themselves swept up in an unexpected mystery.
To my Esteemed Readers,
Allow me to introduce myself: I am Maryrose Wood, author of the series of books about the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place and their plucky young governess, Miss Penelope Lumley. Although I was never enrolled at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, I have attended other, less interesting schools. In addition, I have some experience as a professional thespian, a governess (well, a mother), and am the owner of several rather spoiled pets (alas, there are no ponies among them). I have also written several other novels for young adults.
To learn more about me, and to submit your eagerly awaited correspondence, you may visit www.maryrosewood.com
In the words of Agatha Swanburne, founder of the aforementioned Academy and a wellspring of pithy sayings: "Every book is judged by its cover until it is read." For your initial impression of these works, then, you may thank illustrator Jon Klassen, who has also provided charming, comical, and occasionally hair-raising interior illustrations for the books. To learn more about Mr. Klassen, you may visit www.burstofbeaden.com
Other delightful, inviting, and even delicious interior illustrations have been beautifully drawn by illustrator Eliza Wheeler. A Swanburne girl through and through, Eliza would certainly have been fast friends with Penelope at school and beyond.
To learn more about Ms. Wheeler,
please visit www.wheelerstudio.com.
It is my sincere wish that the tales of
the Incorrigible children will provide you
with many howls of enjoyment, as well
as some useful animal-training
Respectfully, and with thanks,
Illustrations copyright © 2010, 2011 by Jon Klassen
Miss Penelope Lumley and her young charges enter the Ashton woods where they uncover even more mysteries: How did the Incorrigibles survive their early years out of doors? Why are there sandwiches in the woods? And what on earth is an ostrich doing there? New guests arrive at Ashton Place, old friends visit from London, and a ghostly séance (not quite the social affair Lady Constance was hoping for!) takes place. But just who is the unseen guest?
Of especially naughty children it is sometimes said:
"They must have been raised by wolves."
The Incorrigibles are off to London for mystery,
mayhem, and delicious desserts!
More puzzling questions—rhetorical and otherwise—emerge
in the Ashton woods. The hunt is on!
Penelope and the Incorrigibles head back to school
—only to have their tale interrupted!
Optoomuchstic as ever, Miss Penelope Lumley returns to the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females to speak at the annual Celebrate Alumnae Knowledge Exposition (or CAKE), but she finds her beloved school plunged into a six-letter word for chaos! With iambic pentameter, an A in “Great Orations of Antiquity,” and a pirate friend on her side, Penelope relies on her wolfish charges and her trusty Swanburne pluck to save her alma mater—and her job as governess.
The Incorrigibles and Penelope take to the beach in hopes of breaking the Ashton curse!
Lord Fredrick Ashton may not feel ready to be a father, but with a little Ashton on the way, he's sure about one thing: The wolfish curse on his family must end before the child is born. When Lady Constance's doctor prescribes a seaside holiday, Penelope jumps at the chance to take the three Incorrigible children to Brighton, where she hopes to persuade the old sailor Pudge to reveal what he knows about the Ashton curse. But the Ashtons are not the only ones at the beach in January...