TEEN LIBRARIAN'S REVIEW:
Teenager Sandy lives a rather isolated but delightfully happy existence at the Eclipse estate with his parents, Horatio and Mousey, their butler / valet Bentley, and his wife, Flossie. When Bart and Bernie, Horatio’s greedy brothers, poison the family with a drugged birthday cake, everyone but Bentley and Sandy falls into a deep sleep from which they cannot awaken. (Note: So does the pet chicken, Attila!) A lovely, slightly dippy nurse (Sunnie) is hired to care for the sleepers at nearby Walnut Manor, a dilapidated rest home whose residents include a “cat molester” (turns out he just wanted to be called “Captain Lester,” but never spoke again to correct anyone); a wealthy, forgetful older gentleman (Moreland); an overweight young man (Graham); couch potato brothers afraid of the outside world (Virgil and Lyle); a patient who is completely unresponsive (Eddy); and a split personality (Boom Boom). Opal, the gruff but loving nurse / custodian / fix-it woman, and Dr. Waldemar, the incredibly sleepy director, make up the sole staff at Walnut Manor.
Sunnie helps the Walnut Manor residents improve themselves and their conditions, and everyone becomes a family in the best and truest sense of the word. All the while, the group struggles to find a cure for the sleepers and thwart more underhanded attacks by Bart and Bernie.
This book is a delightful, zany, fun-to-read screwball comedy. Did you think so, too?