The Moffats is a children's family life novel, written by American Newbery Medal-winning author Eleanor Estes, and published in 1941. It tells the story of a fatherless family of a mother and four children, who live in Cranbury, Connecticut, during the early 20th-century.
Meet the Moffats. There is Sylvie, the oldest, the cleverest, and—most days at least—the responsible one; Joey, who though only twelve is the man of the house... sometimes; Janey, who has a terrific upside-down way of looking at the world; and Rufus, who may be the smallest, but always gets in the worst trouble. Even the most ordinary Moffat day is packed with extraordinary fun. Only a Moffat could get locked in a bread box all afternoon, or dance with a dog in front of the whole town, or hitch a ride on a boxcar during kindergarten recess. And only a Moffat could turn all the mistakes and mischief into hilarious one-of-a-kind adventures.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this aloud to my daughter when she was about 12. We were both laughing out loud as the family get into all sorts of scrapes. It is well written, and manages to convey a good feeling of what life might have been like for a fairly ordinary family 100 years ago. (I write this as a UK reader - we enjoyed noticing things that would have been different in England at the same time.)
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- Reading Age: 10+
- Reading Aloud Age: 10+