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Uncanny! (Uncollected)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  1,074 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Stare, if you dare, into Paul Jennings wild world. Can your dog fly? Could a tatoo run away? Whats it like inside a dead whale? How could a remote control work on people? Nine stories that you would never dream of. From one of Australias most popular authors.
Audiobook, 3 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Bolinda Publishing (first published January 1st 1988)
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Ab
I remember reading this book when I was in 4th or 5th grade, and it totally stuck with me. However, I had the hardest time finding it again! You know how, as a kid, you have these sort of localized memories of places and things, and I could just never remember this title, and when I thought of it, it was NEVER the first book to pop up in any search (including this here lovely goodreads!). In any case, this is a strange, weird, at times creepy, and at times gross collection of short stories that ...more
Kasha
Jan 02, 2010 Kasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boy-books
I am so excited to find so many books written by Paul Jennings! I went looking for more because my son enjoyed that other book we happened to come across. I read in the book sleeve that Jennings had written other books and I expected to find novels, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that all his other books are collections of short stories just like the first. In the book sleeve, Jennings is quoted as saying, “I try to put at least three of the following things in every short story: a surpr ...more
Michelle
Jul 25, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my other favorites of the Paul Jennings "un-" books - this one containing the brilliant story of a funky remote control that controls *people*, among other delightful twisted tales...
Blue
Nov 08, 2012 Blue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paul Jennings is definitely one of the very few authors who really stuck with me since my reading years in primary school. I remember heading straight to the J section every time we had reading classes. His writing style is just captivating in each short story (and I don't know how he does it in those few pages but your eye balls are just glued until the story is over) and the quirky twists and ending that make you squirm in your seat or laugh are just the cherry on the top. Definitely one of th ...more
Roberta
Apr 04, 2014 Roberta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookleggers
This is a series of short stories all quirky in nature. Paul says about his work: I try to put at least three of the following things in every short story: a surprise ending, something yucky, weird happenings, a lot of laughs, spooky events. These are all stories that do one of these. From climbing inside a whale and blowing out its guts to Old Chompers (a ghost looking for false teeth), to sighing a UFD (Unidentified Flying….I let you read it to figure out the D). These stories are a lot of fun ...more
Karen ⊰✿
May 16, 2016 Karen ⊰✿ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uno_2016
Cute set of short stories told with Jennings' trademark humour and easy style.
This is a perfect book for that 8-12 year age group that want books which are fun and easy to read with a side of spooky or supernatural.
The audio narration is also very well done and at less than 4 hours would be great for a road trip with the kids.

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Sky
Jul 30, 2014 Sky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great, great writer and his stories still work really well even after so many years. Jennings is also an active speaker at events and I was able to hear him last year talking about the importance of engaging boys in reading. These short stories are great for that and i remember them being great even when I was a kid. My husband loved them too which is saying something!
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
Quirky tales for Paul Jennings. These books got me through a few of my awkward years I tell you. Even kids in these stories is the underdog or the want you want to cheer for. There is often twists and turns in every story and he also has a way with coming up with a killer ending. For 7 to 13 year olds.
Jess
May 14, 2014 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I used to read these short stories as a kid, and as an adult I still enjoy them. Magic, mystery and the underdog coming out on top, what a combination! Jennings's ideas are wonderfully creative and make for wonderful stories
David
Jul 15, 2012 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good childhood memory. Couldn't remember any of the stories so read it again. Easy, light reading that, while predictable, is creative, charming and varied enough to keep it interesting. Worth reading once.
Edie
Jul 12, 2016 Edie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I remember loving PJ books when I was young. They didn't have the same charm for me now. He is a good campfire story teller though.
Great for young readers
Yashna
Jun 22, 2016 Yashna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
love this book
Trishna
quite an imagination this guy has!
Archie
Jun 18, 2014 Archie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book it was my kind of book with lots of little story's.
Kirsty
Mar 31, 2016 Kirsty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourite Jennings books all through Primary and HIgh school.

Frozen Stiff, UFD, Spaghetti Pig-Out and Know All are the stories to read :D
Rachel
I loved this book as a kid, and still have it!
Simran
Aug 02, 2016 Simran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick and easy read. A book full of unusual stories.
Zac (Fellow Lord) Cooper
uncanny is probably the best of all of the UN series
Shanna
This book used to freak me out as a child, but for some reason, I've read these stories many times over. My favorite was "Greensleeves," but I have now pretty much forgotten what it was about...
Fiona Feng
Sep 15, 2014 Fiona Feng rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it is really funny
Natalie Le
Sep 07, 2014 Natalie Le rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another childhood favorite!
Alisha Brook
Jul 08, 2015 Alisha Brook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read.
Tara Calaby
Paul Jennings is the king of gross out stories for kids--stories that stick in your head way longer than you'd like ;)
Darth-mason
Some funny stories but i dont think this book is great.
Katrina King
Oct 25, 2011 Katrina King rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
pretty out of it stories in here that kept me reading longer than i thought i would.
Sammy
Oct 10, 2012 Sammy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading this in about Year 3 or 4, but I can't for the life of me remember what the stories were about.. But I do remember enjoying it a lot.
Sally
* On the Bottom
* A Good Tip for Ghosts
* Frozen Stiff
* UFD
* Cracking Up
* Greensleeves (the whale and the watch, oh yes!)
* Mousechap
* Spaghetti Pig-Out (fantastic)
* Know All
Liz
Oct 18, 2010 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ben really, really enjoyed this one. He read out several passages in the car. And wanted another Paul Jennings book to read immediately.
Yasmin
Mar 25, 2014 Yasmin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: inquizzative peopel
Like all the other -un books in the Paul Jennings series
it is very funny and packed with stories that would never happen in
real life
Mckinley
Apr 24, 2014 Mckinley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun; 9 strange stories, some a touch scarey or silly.
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Paul Jennings was born in Heston near London, and at the age of 6 emigrated to Melbourne, Australia on a boat. He was on the boat for 5 weeks with his family. He attended Bentleigh West Primary School and Caulfield Grammar School.

After graduating from school, he went to Frankston Teachers College (now part of Monash University) and became a teacher. He taught students at Frankston State School, Ka
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