Young readers will completely buy into the family drama and not worry that if the family had to be out of the apartment in a few days, they should have made lots of plans. There are few families these days who have as many as five children, and there is something about an almost Brady Bunch sized family that appeals to children. There would be built in playmates, others upon whom blame could be foisted, and lots to distract parents from one's own antics. The Vanderbeekers are all singular, well depicted characters, and readers will be able to pick their favorite.
Clymer's The Trolleycar Family, Sidney's The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, Taylor's All of a Kind Family and the more recent Birdsall Penderwicks series all show close knit, interesting families, and all of them would make the Vanderbeekers feel right at home on their streets!