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The Mennyms [EPUB] ✺ The Mennyms ✽ Sylvia Waugh – The Mennyms are a family of life sized rag dolls who live in a modest British town Their forty year long secret threatens to be exposed when a distant relative of their landlord visits from Australia The Mennyms are a family of life sized rag dolls who live in a modest British town Their forty year long secret threatens to be exposed when a distant relative of their landlord visits from Australia Good old fashioned fantasy at its finest Publishers Weekly.

  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • The Mennyms
  • Sylvia Waugh
  • English
  • 05 February 2016
  • 9780380725281

About the Author: Sylvia Waugh

The Mennyms which eventually evolved into an entire series Ms Waugh said in an Entertainment Weekly interview with Lois Alter Mark I created the Mennyms because the world is too cynical too lacking in magic People with dreams are an endangered species and I wanted to write for them I don't want the nastiness the stuff I see on TV Since completing her Mennyms books Waugh has continued her focus as Horn Book contributor Martha V Parravano noted on what it means to be human by exploring the lives of those who are not.

10 thoughts on “The Mennyms

  1. Eddie Watkins Eddie Watkins says:

    I recently recommended this book to a friend a very sensitive friend a Gilbert Sulliven listening light poetry reading friend who does not want to deal with anything that makes him sueamish one of his favorite words which compels me to carefully poke his sensitive spots during our conversations to see exactly what he considers sueamish He's always asking what I'm reading and I say I'm reading and it's great but it'll make you sueamish DO NOT GO NEAR IT I don't even bring up Dennis Cooper with him I admit to getting some light kicks from poking his sensitive spots but I also pride myself on diagnosing my friends’ reading deficiencies and prescribing just the right book for what ails them So a few months ago I suggested he read The Mennyms which is the first of five YA books chronicling the lives of a family of animate rag dolls I had no doubts it would rock his sensitive skiff and fulfill all his non sueamish needs And it did though he couldn’t believe he was reading and actually caring about a family of rag dollsMe? I’ve read all five books in the series twice I read it the second time after buying a house because I wanted to read it in our new dwelling so that my reading experience would infiltrate the house’s atmosphere Yes that’s a weird notion but I can’t be the only one here who knows what I’m talking aboutThe premise? Three generations of rag dolls have lived for forty years in a house owned by a distant landlord During those forty years they have had no direct contact with the outer world though one doll has worked for years as a graveyard shift security guard living in what was essentially domestic bliss; though as it turns out some of the younger dolls would beg to differ But those forty years are not directly covered in the books rather we meet them in media res as book one opens with the receipt of a letter from the heir of the recently deceased landlord saying that he is traveling to England to see them This makes them all aflutter and the plot proceeds from there through five books of vicissitudes and familial problems; through seeming death and reanimation; through sacrificial bonfires sueamish; through live rag dolls having to pretend they're inanimate rag dolls; and finally through the purchase of a new house that restores their previous domestic order and social invisibility and presumably 40 years of homely bliss with inevitable interior dramasAll five books are fantastic They are droll and wise and slightly satirical and even delve into metaphysical issues and fundamental notions of what it means to exist all with the lightest of touches

  2. Sally Derby Sally Derby says:

    If I had my way the Mennym series would be in every middle school library I fell in love with the first one in 1994 so much so that Iwrote a fan letter to Sylvia Waugh the author I subseuently met her at the Children's Literature New England conference in Cambridge England and we have been corresponding ever since But even had I never met her I would love these books Each of the Mennyms human sized rag dolls who have been mysteriously endowed with life is such a complete well rounded person that their world becomes as real as a fictional world can be Teen ager Appleby especially is not to be missed

  3. Sandra Sandra says:

    Hmmm This should be a book that I loved The premise is just up my alley a family of life size rag dolls who outlived their creator only becoming sentient after she died But somehow it seemed to get stuck now and then and it wasn't easy to keep reading That said it is fascinating in its own way and the author created an unusual and compelling dilemma for her characters how to live and thrive without being found out by humans who we assume just couldn't handle it and dire results would ensue and with some of their differences from human beings I suspect if I had encountered this as a child when I read even voraciously and less critically it would have been one of my favorite booksNow I'd like to read the second volume to see if the pace of Waugh's writing improves Other than the pace I did enjoy it a lot; the thoughts and actions of the characters are really perceptive and sometimes uite sophisticated I think that the parts too sophisticated for most children to understand make this a interesting read for adults than much fiction for children although I am a huge fan of children's books and find that good children's lit is much better than most adult fiction So I think I'll probably read Mennyms in the Wilderness to see if it's a bit of an improvement If I don't particularly enjoy it I may still read the fifth and concluding volume since I'm interested in how Waugh deals with what could be virtually eternal life at least compared to human life and how such beings might continue to thrive

  4. Jannah (Cloud Child) Jannah (Cloud Child) says:

    This is pretty ingenious has slight similarities to the borrowers but uite original and Waugh has written likable realistic characters of a uniue species DI love the author's voice a dry warm British one reminding me of the Wombles and my school library

  5. Chelsea Chelsea says:

    35 STARSI was expecting a little from this story considering the reviews I’m not exactly sure what I mean by “” but I feel as though I missed out on the magic of the Mennyms 🙁 I imagine as time passes their family’s tale of trying to live life with its complicated mix of pretends and realities may grow on me Does anyone else ever have that problem where a story becomes better than the initial reading after you’ve had time to ruminate over it a while? The plot was very character driven which is uite impressive considering the characters are rag dolls Each of the family members have their own intrinsic flaws I may be the minority but Appleby’s character got on my nerves She was so self absorbed and arrogant; the epitome of an adolescent teen 😉 Goal accomplished lol Another Goodreads reviewer blmagm wrote “The characters are believable enough unfortunately they are just not very endearing or even likable Instead they are self centered and for the most part surly with one another” I couldn’t agree I suppose I was expecting to fall in love with the Mennyms family Yet as the story progressed I couldn’t help but feel disappointed when I realized that wasn’t going to happen There are definitely some great parts to this book but it’s not one I intend on reading again On a side note their names are something else I couldn’t help but grin a little every time I came across the twins’ names

  6. Jennifer Lavonier Jennifer Lavonier says:

    Who or what the Mennyms are is best summed up by a few lines from Chapter Three; “They were not human you see — at least not in the normal sense of the word They were not made of flesh and blood They were just a whole lovely family of life sized ¬¬rag dolls”When Kate Penshaw died 40 years ago the ten dolls she created came to life Miss uigly and nine Mennyms were each “born” with their own histories and personalities Collectively they’re able to tend to all the household needs but they’re careful not to draw attention to their unusual existence To appear human they “pretend” various activities including sitting down to dinner together though they needn’t ever eat Sir Magnus aka Grandpa Mennym is uite proper with a respected past He writes articles some about his heroics in the military for academic publications He manages all his business via post and is able to remain unseen His wife Tulip takes care of the household finances Their son Joshua works as a night watchman at a local factory He disguises himself well and only ever converses with one person to whom he just appears shy Joshua’s wife Vinetta makes clothing to be sold in local shops Orders are placed over the phone and Appleby one of the couple’s five children makes the deliveries Appleby is fifteen and the exact picture of a difficult teenager She’s insolent and audacious She’s also the only one who can pass for human in the outside world making her fearlessness all the dangerous Soobie is the oldest child at sixteen and is very practical He is the only one who won’t partake in the family’s “pretends” He’s also made from blue yarn The twins Poopie and Wimpie are around five or six and are typically imaginative children Though Googles is a baby and mostly just sleeps when she is awake she’s uite happy and playful Miss uigly the poor thing lives in the hall closet and comes to “visit” every couple of weeks The Mennyms with the exception of Soobie pretend not to notice when she sneaks out of the closet goes out the side door around to the front of the house and rings the bell After visiting with the family for a few hours Miss uigley departs through the front door sneaks back into the house and then into her closet until the next visitThe Mennyms have lived in the same house since their creation For forty years they’ve been paying rent to the inheritor of Kate’s estate through a management company When they receive a letter from Albert Pond the nephew of the man who owns their house they fear discovery Uncle Chesney has passed away; Albert is the Mennym’s new landlord and he wants to pay a visit to meet them For obvious reasons this cannot happenThe family has other pressing issues to deal with Joshua is laid off and must try to find another job in which he can remain concealed Appleby is engaging in a secret pretend of her own and Soobie has found an unfinished doll tucked away in the attic She’s another Mennym and his very own twinWaugh is a gifted storyteller and is able to draw readers into the lives of these unlikely protagonists She’s created characters that are captivating and relatable and the troubles they face are familiar and real even if the Mennynm’s are not

  7. Annelie Annelie says:

    Sylvia Waugh's The Mennyms is a fantasty based novel following the lives of the Mennyms a family of rag dolls that have come to life After spending many years of self induced solitude after their creator died they receive a letter from a mysterious man named Albert Pond stating that their old land lord has died and that he will be visiting them around Christmas The Mennyms are frantic Will their secret leak out? Can the ignorant Albert Pond be persuaded into not coming? How will this impact their lives from here on out?The Mennyms family contains nine members all who are eually featured in this story The first and most lethargic is Sir Magnus He spends most of his time in bed creating crossword puzzles for the newspaper as well as freuent articles The second is Tulip a talkative energetic grandmother who deals with all the bills and knitting The third is Magnus's son Joshua Joshua is practicalrealistic and down to earth His wife Vinetta is the fourth Vinetta loves all the domestic duties that being a mother brings and also enjoys entertaining Mrsuigley another rag doll created Soobie is the fifth Sad doleful and blunt he hates the playing pretend his family enjoys doing impassively pointing out guilty flaws of the family Appleby the sixth is a teen constantly tasting the bitterness of adolescence A master of pretend and a collector of stamps she is Magnus's favorite being smart energetic and unfortunately crafty Poopey and Wimpey the twins of the family are the seventh and eighth Constantly in a life of play they enjoy childhood and all the mischief that it comes with Googles the baby of the family spends all of her time in the crib occasionally being picked up by Vinetta for a diaper change And then of course is Msuigley While the Mennyms besides Soobie pretend that she lives in near by street in reality she lives in the hallway cupboard The Mennyms while they invite her over a lot agree that they can't handle her in but small doses and that she'll never be on the family All in all I think this book showcased betrayal life guilt and misery beautifully I recommend it to those who have some free time This book is both captivating and magical if you see it through

  8. Kaille Kaille says:

    I still remember this book and I haven't owned a copy in almost a decadeThe idea of dolls being alive should be childish and silly but in reality it's uite a haunting dark story The Mennyms are incredibly human in their worries and lives and conflicts and I really came to empathize with them Each family member is distinct and memorable and I often found myself torn between what I wanted to happenPast the second seuel the series isn't uite as well done but I still think this is an EXCELLENT series and would recommend it to anyone 10 who has an appetite for a 'different' kind of story

  9. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    This is a great story about a family of human size sentient rag dolls who live in an old house together Unlike so many books for this age range probably late elementaryearly middle school there's nothing edgy about this book but at the same time the characters aren't miluetoast and the story is surprisingly sophisticated I read it aloud to my 9 year old son and it was uite a hit

  10. Carrie Carrie says:

    I've always loved this book and still do I love the world created by Waugh which is so realistic I never once don't believe the dolls are alive She doesn't over analyse or try to scientifically or magically explain how they became sentient which I appreciate willful suspension of disbelief and all that Highly recommend

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