Poor old Grandma!
It had rained every day since she came to stay with Mother, Father, Morgan, the baby and Tailcat. But just as everyone was getting really fed up of being stuck indoors, the most amazing thing happened!
Suddenly the house started to shudder and rock - and then just floated off down the street and off to sea.
Before long, the family find themselves on the wackiest adventure ever! Hungry cannibals, blood-thirsty pirates, a kidnapping and buried treasure are just some of the hair-raisers in store. Will the family ever see dry land again or will evil One-Eyed Jake cut them into a million tiny pieces?
Their London row house breaks off during a rainstorm, leaving the neighbors without a side wall, and off they go - Father, Mother, Grandmother, Morgan and the baby - to sail the Pacific Ocean and encounter pirates, cannibals, the missing crown jewels, and at last the Queen E II whose smitten captain tows them all home and marries Grandmother in the end. While Father and Morgan cope, Grandmother floats through it all on "tonic" wine, rum and champagne, flirting with the cannibal chief and posing in the jewels, and Mother breezes about being forgetful and mildly expressing her pleasure in the novelty of it all. Neither woman has a redeeming feature and no one at all is even a colorful stereotype - which might be one reason why - despite a kidnapping, a desert island reunion and a coconut war (all intended to be delightfully dotty - The House That Sailed Away never takes off. (Kirkus Reviews)
Series: Red Fox funny stories
For Ages: 7 - 9 years old
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st May 1992
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1
Weight (kg): 0.15
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition