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The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue, illustrated by Caroline Hadilaksono, 320 pp, RL 4

This Review Originally Appeared on May 8, 2017
The Lotterys Plus One is the first children's book by Emma Donoghue, author of, most notably, Room. With excellent illustrations by Caroline Hadilaksonoreminds me of the books that were my favorites as a kid, books where quirky families living in big houses rambled across the pages. Books like A Wrinkle in Time, Meg with her attic room and many brothers and shows like The Brady Bunch and Eight is Enough were infinitely interesting, especially to a kid with one sibling living in a small apartment. As an adult reading kid's books, I still love a story with a big family, particularly if they live in a big house, and Donoghue does not disappoint on these counts. In fact, the Lotterys remind me of Hilary McKay's series of books featuring the children, all names after colors, in the Casson Family (see below for a more about the Cassons). What makes The Lotterys Plus One stand out on the shelf is the diversity (which never feels force…

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