Uncle by J.P. Martin

Uncle

J.P. Martin
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  • ISBN
    9781590172391 / 1590172396
  • Title Uncle
  • Author J.P. Martin
  • Category General Fiction (children's/ya)
  • Format
    Hardcover
  • Year 2007
  • Pages 160
  • Publisher
    New York Review of Books
  • Imprint The New York Review Children's Collection
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 148mm x 17mm x 220mm

Annotation

If you think Babar is the only storybook elephant with a cult following, then you haven't met Uncle, the presiding pachyderm of a wild fictional universe that has been collecting accolades from children and adults for going on fifty years. Unimaginably rich, invariably swathed in a magnificent purple dressing-gown, Uncle oversees a vast ramshackle castle full of friendly kooks while struggling to fend off the sneak attacks of the incorrigible (and ridiculous) Badfort Crowd. Each Uncle story introduces a new character from Uncle's madcap world: Signor Guzman, careless keeper of the oil lakes; Noddy Ninety, an elderly train conductor and the oldest student of Dr. Lyre's Select School for Young Gentlemen; the proprietors of Cheapman's Store (where motorbikes are a halfpenny each) and Dearman's Store (where the price of an old milk jug goes up daily); along with many others. But for every delightful friend of Uncle, there is a foe who is no less deliriously wicked. Luckily the misbegotten schemes of the Badfort Crowd are no match for Uncle's superior wits.
Quentin Blake's quirky illustrations are the perfect complement to J.P. Martin's stories, each one of a perfect length for bedtime reading. Lovers of Roald Dahl and William Steig will rejoice in Uncle's wonderfully bizarre and happy world, where the good guys always come out on top, and once a year, everybody, good and bad, sits down together for an enormous Christmas feast.

Publisher Description

Unimaginably rich, invariably swathed in a magnificent purple dressing-gown, Uncle oversees a vast ramshackle castle full of friendly kooks while struggling to fend off the sneak attacks of the incorrigible Badfort Crowd. Each Uncle story introduces a new character from Uncle's madcap world, but for every delightful friend of Uncle, there is a foe who is no less deliriously wicked. Luckily the misbegotten schemes of the Badfort Crowd are no match for Uncle's superior wits. Quentin Blake's quirky illustrations are the perfect complement to J.P. Martin's stories, each one of a perfect length for bedtime reading. Lovers of Roald Dahl and William Steig will rejoice in Uncle's wonderfully bizarre and happy world, where the good guys always come out on top, and once a year, everybody, good and bad, sits down together for an enormous Christmas feast.

Review
“A great comic masterpiece.” — Richard Ingrams Oldie Editor Oldie Reprint of the year. A kind of 'Gormanghast' for children of eight and up, this is a very funny book. Financial Times Like all great children's writing, people delight in finding multiple levels of meaning. Uncle's entertaining nonsense makes it perfect for children (and adults), while some readers claim it exposes society's hypocrisies and critiques capitalism. — Julia Eccleshare 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up This brilliant flight of nonsense for children of eight and older has long been hard to obtain; this is a fittingly classy reprint. Financial Times

Author Biography

J. P. Martin (1880-1966) published his Uncle stories at the urging of his children, for whom he created. After the last war, he moved to the village of Timberscombe in Somerset, where he served in the small chapel. Six Uncle books were published in the series, the last in 1973, seven years after his death. Quentin Blake is one of the best-known and best-loved illustrators of our time, and his books with a wide range of authors, including Joan Aiken, Russell Hoban, Michael Rosen and Roald Dahl, have been treasured by generations of children throughout the world. In 1999 he became the first Children's Laureate. In 2005 he was awarded a CBE. To visit Quentin Blake's website click here

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