Monday, March 10, 2014

#DWJMarch: Book Highlight -- The Ogre Downstairs

The Ogre Downstairs

Five children in a blended family have trouble finding a way to coexist when the father (a.k.a. "The Ogre") is such a beast. But just add a couple of magic chemistry sets to the mix and adventures and bonding and understanding will likely follow.


Dead Houseplants, March 2013
Marvelous Tales, July 2013
Mugglenet, January 2013
Readers by Night, February 2013
Swan Tower, May 2011
Things Mean a Lot, November 2007

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  1. I am very fond of this one.

    And I finally finished my Howl post too.

    1. I think it's a lesser known one and that's a shame. It's more realistic in some ways but one of her most far-fetched fantasies in other ways.

  2. When I decided to read/reread all of DWJ, I went right back to the beginning, starting with Wilkin's Tooth and this one. I thought both were aimed a bit younger than the later ones I remembered. So I gave them to my son to read.

    He didn't like Wilkin's Tooth ("because I don't like witches"), but he loved The Ogre Downstairs and immediately wanted a chemistry set of his own.

    I'll try to do a post later.

    1. A regular chemistry set would be so disappointing after this book though, right? ;)

  3. I was pleased that Jean pointed out that The Ogre Downstairs has "the gloss of an Issue Novel" on it -- so true, and I'd never have thought of that on my own. It's funny to think about in those terms, but of course Diana Wynne Jones would write something like this in publishing times like those.

    1. Very true. "Blended families" was probably a very 70s theme too.