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Der 35. Mai oder Konrad reitet in die Südsee

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Donnerstags besucht Konrad immer seinen Onkel, den Apotheker Ringelhuth. Dann gibt es nur verrücktes Zeug zum Mittagessen: Kochschinken mit Sahne, Fleischsalat mit Himbeersaft oder gar Kirschkuchen mit englischem Senf. Wenn den beiden davon nicht schlecht geworden ist, turnen sie über die Möbel und springen vom Bücherschrank, bis Mühlbergs Kronleuchter von der Decke fällt. ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by Dressler Verlag (first published 1931)
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Very funny, highly absurd, I didn't know this as a child, but I would have loved it.

I liked the last part best, when they finally meet the girl called Petersilie (and discover the whale in the forest), it's really fun and I just love this typical Kästner language immensely. The way they talk is just too funny.
(I seem to have read way too much Kästner - and later on too much Tucholsky and watched too much Loriot... - because when I talk (German), people tend not to "get" me, I'm using absurd word
This is the oldest book that I own, it's a Dutch translation and it's not dated so I'm not really sure about how old it is.

I got this book from my great-grandmother and I remember reading this over and over again when I was a kid.
Donnerstags ist Besuchstag. Jedenfalls bei Konrad, der jeden Donnerstag bei seinem Onkel, dem Apotheker Ringelhuth, vorbei schaut. Bei Onkel Ringelhuth gibt es dann immer das verrückteste Zeug zum Essen. Wenn ihnen davon nicht schlecht geworden ist, springen sie danach über Möbel und tollen in der Wohnung herum.
Am Donnerstag, dem 35. Mai, ist jedoch alles anders. Bereits auf der Straße spricht sie ein rollschuhfahrendes Zirkuspferd an, Negro Kaballo.
Konrad muss einen Aufsatz über die Süds
Sep 23, 2014 M rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Childs In Their Hearts
Recommended to M by: 3rd Grade Teacher
I have read this book in Hebrew, with my class. I remember having those gatherings with the other third graders, we were reading this book with a teacher beside us.
I have got to say, that Erich Kastner's children litrature is practicullary identified with Israel. I suppose it is because the children in Israel lives, unintentionally of course, in an unbelivable world of dangerous politics and frightens, and as much as their parents love them, they find comfort in ridiculous stories like Kastner's
This book is one of my favourite children´s book. And actually I still enjoy reading it today, everytime I visit my grandma I have a glance at it and it still is amusing.
It is about a boy called Konrad and his uncle who looks after him every thursday (not sure about the day) and they always have a lot of fun, because the uncle doesn´t have any wife or kids himself. This time, it is the 35th of May, which is strange from the start, because that date is impossible...and Konrad has to write about t
много е забавна!!!
One of the books I loved as a child. It differs from most other books by Kästner I've read (The Emil stories, The flying classroom) - a bizarre, funny story. Maybe books like this (and the works of Michael Ende of course) were the reason for me to pick up fantasy literature as a teen.
Sara Hayden
About an imaginary trip to the South Seas, there isn't the same kind of character development in this book that there is in other Erich Kaestner novels. But the last two sentences are back in character and absolutely lovely.
I loved this book so much as a kid, rereading it I wasn't very impressed - it is very short and very juvenile. But it is also very imaginative.

A short read - takes about an hour to finish the whole book. Great for children.
Bought this as an English translation from a library book sale (it was the library's version) in the late 70s and always loved the whimsical tale of how Konrad foiled the thieves.
Adam Klempner
Read it in Hebrew. Loved it as a child. Erich Kästner was a great writer. It's a shame his works aren't widely available in English.
Lovely story - sweet and very creative!
I cried laughing.
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Erich Kästner (23 February 1899 – 29 July 1974) was a German author, poet, screenwriter and satirist, known for his humorous, socially astute poetry and children's literature.
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