Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Remembering & Celebrating Margaret Mahy
In true Margaret Mahy fashion, the adults in Raging Robots & Unruly Uncles learn more by the end than the children—already more clever and compassionate than their older counterparts. Raging Robots is the story of twin brothers, evil Jasper and good-natured Julian, and their children—seven sons and a mischievous tomboy daughter, respectively—who don’t measure up to their standards. But two tyrannical robots, the diabolic Nadger and the virtuous Lilly Rose Blossom, soon teach the brothers the true delights of their own, at times exasperating, children. But it may take a destroyed house, a book of improving stories, and fifteen policemen to get the message across.