Books - Review

The Ogre DownstairsCaspar, Johnny and Gwen have to put up with their new step-family, boys, Douglas and Malcolm and of course the Ogre. The Ogre presents both Jonny and Malcolm with chemistry sets and family rivalries grow worse as the boys try to out-do each other with stinks, but things get more serious when it turns out that some of the chemicals have remarkable properties.
by Diana Wynne Jones
Score: 8
Published: 1974
Read: August 25th 2007


John said

Great - very enjoyable 25(?) years after I first read it! Super story with little bits of magical chemistry popping up all over the place, and the kids constantly charging around like a herd of elephants from one disaster to the next.

johnnysocks7 said on June 27th 2020, 02:39:27

Re-read this June 2020, after getting Laila to read it :) Must read it to Molly too.

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