Lotterys Plus One

Lotterys Plus One

Book - 2017
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Once upon a time, two couples with Jamaican, Mohawk, Indian, and Scottish ethnic roots won the lottery and bought a big house where all of them, four adults and seven adopted and biological children, could live together in harmony--but change is inevitable, especially when a disagreeable grandfather comes to stay.
Publisher: : HarperCollins Canada, Limited, 2017
ISBN: 9781443445573
Branch Call Number: J DON
Characteristics: 303 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Sumac Lottery is the fifth of seven kids in her (VERY) large, (EXTREMELY) unruly family. With four parents, a parrot, a dog, a rat and two cats, the sprawling Victorian house they call Camelottery is already quite full (in the best sense). Ages 8+

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VaughanPLDonnalee Dec 06, 2019

I wanted to like this book. The description on the back made it sound like a fun, quirky read about a modern family. But I found this book phony, contrived and basically unreadable. For a book that is supposed to be about tolerance, diversity and celebrating individuality, it trotted out nothing but stereotypes and stock characters. The family had every imaginable liberal stereotype, and then crammed in even more! There are four parents: two gay dads, two gay moms. One is from India, one is Scottish, one is from Jamaica, one is a Mohawk. They have incredibly fake-sounding cutesy nicknames. There are seven children, some are bio-children of some combinations of the parents, some are adopted. They all have fake-sounding tree names. They are home-schooled. One is trans, one has autism, etc. Even the dog has only 3 legs. The family won the lottery and so they don't have to work. In comes a grumpy old grandfather to stay with them, and he is every negative conservative stereotype imaginable: he's racist, homophobic, intolerant, ignorant about the environment, etc. And he smokes! I found the parents incredibly negligent and irresponsible the way they dumped responsibility for looking after the awful grandpa on the nine-year old main character, and then they seemed oblivious about the effect it was having on her. And yet we were so supposed to think they were amazing parents because of their carefree, hip lifestyle? I support the issues being presented in this book, but it felt like we were bombarded with issues and causes on every page. This book felt completely disingenuous and contrived on every page. Not a single character felt real. It was an unreadable mess. Non-traditional families deserve better books than this leaden, artificial mess. Very disappointing.

Apr 23, 2017

Gosh, its’ been a while since I so enjoyed a book that I finished it in a day, but that was the case with this book by Emma Donoghue (Room). Aimed at upper elementary, it is the story of a modern family, perhaps to modern for some parents who will complain because their children are reading a book in which two same-sex couples are co-parenting a “mongrel” multiracial family. The humor is great. It’s narrated by 9-year-old Sumac, who is pitch perfect in this homeschooled loving family. But when a Grandfather with dementia comes to live with the family, she declares war. He doesn’t want to be there and she doesn’t want him to be there. It reminds me of a very modern War with Grandpa (Robert Kimmel Smith). Popcorn’s (one of the dad’s) comparing dementia to Swiss cheese is right on target. Everything around the holes is solid.

debwalker Apr 09, 2017

Donoghue for middle school and I bet many adults. A big complicated family in a Parkdale mansion. Real estate envy!

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