Seed biscuits and milk! I hated Mrs. Mullet’s seed biscuits and milk the way Saint Paul hated sin. Perhaps even more so. I wanted to clamber up onto the table, and with a sausage on the end of a fork as my sceptor, shout in my best Laurence Olivier voice, “Will no one rid us of this turbulent pastry cook?”
— Flavia de Luce, from Alan Bradley’s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
Alan Bradley’s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is quite the treasure chest of hilarious and clever passages. The above, voiced by narrator Flavia de Luce, is one of my many favorites and I think fairly showcases her precociousness and characteristic bite. I can’t wait to see more of Flavia in Bradley’s subsequent books.
Readers — What book or character has tickled your ribs lately?