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Maude, The Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton by Lauren Child

The Shrimpton family is a crew of exuberant, oddball characters who stand out from the crowd — except Maude, who’s more of a wallflower. When Maude asks for a goldfish for her birthday, her over-the-top family gets her a tiger instead. But things don’t go quite as the family expects. (Tigers, as it turns out, get ferociously hungry.) Maude is a kid-friendly take on the quirky, dark humor of the The Royal Tenenbaums — reminding us that dysfunctional families are the most entertaining kind. And sometimes blending in is a useful trait.