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Horton Halfpott

Written and illustrated by Tom Angleberger
Published by Amulet Books
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What's Horton Halfpott About

Publisher Summary

Tom Angleberger’s farcical middle-grade mystery begins when M’Lady Luggertuck loosens her corset (it has never been loosened before!), thereby setting off a chain of events in which all the strict rules of Smugwick Manor are abandoned. When, as a result of “the Loosening,” the precious family heirloom, the Luggertuck Lump (quite literally a lump), goes missing, the Luggertucks look for someone to blame. Is it Horton Halfpott, the good-natured but lowly kitchen boy who can’t tell a lie? Or one of the many colorful cast members in this romp of a mystery that combines supreme silliness with a tale of a young hero with heart.

What Kind of Book is Horton Halfpott

What Should I Know As a Parent

Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following is a list of concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.

Violence: The cook hit Horton with a spoon for dropping some wood. Horton is told to rewash the silverware or Luther will “have [him] whipped.”

Pirates kidnapped Bo Peep and make Luther walk the plank into the mire—they thought he died, but they found him alive the next morning.

Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Ask your child if they know what a protagonist is (the leading character/hero in a story). Ask who the protagonist is in Horton Halfpott and why—what traits does the hero have (e.g. honesty, determination, standing up for what’s right, being a friend)?

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Who Wrote Horton Halfpott

author & illustrator
Tom Angleberger

Tom Angleberger is the best-selling author of the Origami Yoda books. He lives in Virginia with his wife, Cece Bell, and family.

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Publication Date:
March 1, 2011