This series of books (there's three of them so far) is so cute! Its' about the Penderwick family, which consists of Mr. Penderwick, and in this book, his new wife Iantha (his first wife died of cancer); his four girls, Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Batty; Iantha's son Ben; their dog Hound; their cat Asimov; and their friend Jeffrey. They're so much fun to read about, and very real characters! Each book brings new, unexpected things to the Penderwick family! You've just gotta read em to believe me!