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Awful End (Eddie Dickens Trilogy #1)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  1,330 ratings  ·  164 reviews
The first book in a hilarious, action-packed trilogy.
Eddie Dickens is sent off to stay with his aunt and uncle and a riotously funny comedy of errors ensues.
When both Eddie Dickens's parents catch a disease that makes them turn yellow, go a bit crinkly around the edges, and smell of hot water bottles, it's agreed he should go and stay with relatives at their house, Awful...more
Hardcover, 125 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Henry Holt and Company (first published 2000)
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I didn't particularly enjoy this -- it seemed like a not-as-clever imitation of the Lemony Snicket Unfortunate Events books, which were played out before the series was over -- but I can see it having a lot of appeal for kids of a specific age who've just learned to understand this type of humor.

Deth P. Sun
Before departing on a 1,200-mile road trip, I relieved the local library of about 35 hours' worth of audiobooks to play in the car. I hadn't heard of the Eddie Dickens trilogy, but the title piqued my curiosity, so I added it to the pile. As it turned out, I laughed for nearly the entire two-and-a-half-hour run of the audiobook.

While it would be all too easy to classify this short adventure under the heading of "Mass-Market Knockoffs of A Series of Unfortunate Events," to do so would be an injus...more
Kelly Maybedog
My nine year old gave this four stars but I think that was mostly be abuse she insisted I read all the voices it in a British accent. Since my British accent is so bad as to not be recognizable, I think she just enjoyed laughing at me and my silly voice.

I think this book tried too hard to be like A Series of unfortunate Events. It was silly with weird characters but they mostly were all weird in the same way. There were some funny plays on words but they went right over my daughter's head. I th...more
Wie kommt man nur auf solche Ideen :-) ????
117 Seiten völliger Nonsense, Wortspielereien, Klamauk auf hohem Niveau und dazu noch die genialen Zeichnungen von David Roberts - man bekommt die Mundwinkel gar nicht mehr nach unten. Doch Achtung! Leserinnen und Leser, die ein Mindestmaß an Sinn in einer Geschichte brauchen um diese genießen zu können, sollten die Finger davon lassen. Hier zählt nichts außer der Freude am Erzählen - und zwar völlig sinnfrei.
Die Geschichte ist schnell wiedergegeben: Ed...more
Robert Collins
Eddie Dickens’ parents have turned ‘crinkly around the edges’ and their skin has turned ‘yellow’. They are no longer able to take care of him due to their health. He must therefore move to Awful End and live with his Mad Uncle Jack and Even Madder Anut Maud. Mad Uncle Jack (as the name suggests) is completely bonkers. Hey pays bills with dried fish instead of money and rides a horse around the house. Even Madder Aunt Maud (yes, you guessed it again) is a total crack pot. Her best friend, Malcom...more
I feel about this book the same way I feel about actors like Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell. There were moments of brilliant humor that made me laugh out loud, but overall, the author was trying too hard to be completely random. Less is more in my book.
A young boy in England named Eddie Dickens is sent off to stay with his Mad Uncle Jack and Even-Madder Aunt Maud when both Eddie's parents catch a disease that makes them turn yellow, go a bit crinkly around the edges, and smell of hot water bottles, it's agreed he should go and stay with relatives at their house, Awful End. through a string of over-complicated funny events he finds himself in an orphanage called St. Horrid's Orphanage.

This book has been said to be like a cross between Charles...more
D.L. Morrese
Some of my favorite books have been those ostensibly written for children. This charming little story reminds me of some of my favorites. The prose style is reminiscent of A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh...) and the characters remind me of those by Roald Dahl (James and the Giant Peach / Matilda / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory...) with a little Charles Dickens thrown into the names and the settings. If you think I mean that as high praise, you’re right.
The story is set in a fictional and sillier...more
Liza Gilbert
The way I see it, you can only really enjoy this book if you go into it with the opinion, "Oh what the heck!"

Absurdity abounds, and I really do mean absurdity, and at times the looniness outweighs the plot or character development.

It was enjoyable in a bizarre way, but for my money I would rather recommend "The Strictest School in the World, Being the Tale of a Clever Girl, a Rubber Boy, and a Collection of Flying Machines, Mostly Broken" by Howard Whitehouse instead.
I keep expecting these kinds of books to be substantially different from the Series of Unfortunate Events, but it's almost as though they're written by formula. And the formula is really rather annoying, so once I read through the Series of UE, the other books (and the Series itself) are simply tiresome.
Kieran Curtin
Eddie is the hero of this humourous and fast paced story. When Eddies parents catch a virus which makes them yellow, crinkly around the edges, and smelling of hot water bottles, he is sent to live with his Mad Uncle Jack and Even-Madder Aunt Maud in Awful End. His journey to get there is easier said than done, especially travelling with Uncle Jack and Aunt Maud.
This is a suitable book for upper KS2 who will get through it quickly and appreciate the witty style. Children will relate to being stuc...more
A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for
A short and quick read written with middle age readers in mind. With a similar style as to "A Series of Unfortunate Events ", this book (being a first in a trilogy) offers a cute, silly, dark and dreary tale of a boy named Eddie who was sent away to stay with his Mad Uncle Jack and Even Madder Aunt Maud.

Despite it's silliness and fun writing style, I hold back my higher star rating mainly for it's lack of uniqueness. In comparison to similar books that are fun and darkly-written-for-kids, I fel...more
NSAndrew Liebergen
When Eddie Dickens was eleven years old, both his parents caught some awful disease that made them turn yellow, go a bit crinkly around the edges, and smell of old hot water bottles." So begins author Philip Ardagh's silly story of an ill-fated boy who, due to his parents' jaundiced condition, is forced to take part in a quest so preposterous that it could only conclude at A House Called Awful End. Set in England, back in the days when "postage stamps were a pretty new idea," Eddie finds himself...more
A House Called Awful End, the first book out of three in Philip Ardagh’s
The Eddie Dickens Trilogy tells a fiction story about the humorous misadventures of Eddie Dickens.
Eddie Dickens is put through various misfortunes after his parents Mr. and Mrs. Dickens have catched some strange illness. They become concerned that their disease will infect Eddie and so he is sent away to live at Awful End with his great Mad Uncle Jack and Even Madder Aunt Maud until their sickness has been cured. On Eddie’...more
Oct 05, 2012 Jayfeather rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys Tim Burton's movies
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Dieses Buch habe ich zum ersten Mal im September 2007 gelesen und war von der ersten gelben, welligen Seite an begeistert. Es ist mit Abstand das absurdeste Buch, das ich je gelesen habe und das Tolle ist: es gibt noch 5 weitere!
Vor Kurzem (Nov 09) habe ich mir nun die Hörbücher der ersten drei Eddie Dickens Teile angeschafft, die von Harry Rowohlt gelesen werden. Dies gelingt dem guten Herren genauso fantastisch wie das vermutlich mit starken Schmerzen verbundene Übersetzen der mit unzähligen W...more
D.L. Morrese
Some of my favorite books have been those ostensibly written for children. This charming little story reminds me of some of my favorites. The prose style is reminiscent of A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh...) and the characters remind me of those by Roald Dahl (James and the Giant Peach / Matilda / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory...) with a little Charles Dickens thrown into the names and the settings. If you think I mean that as high praise, you’re right.
The story is set in a fictional and sillier...more
Sarah Jordan

Eddie Dickens Eltern sind krank. Sie werden gelb und an den Rändern etwas wellig. So beschließen die beiden ihren Sohn zu seinem wahnsinnigen Onkel Jack zu schicken, bis ihre Krankheit geheilt ist.
Auf der Reise in sein neues Zuhause bei seinem Onkel und seiner nicht minder wahnsinnigen Tante Maud passieren ein paar echt schräge Dinge. Es beginnt ein Abenteuer, das der kleine Eddie wohl so schnell nicht mehr vergessen wird.

Handlung & Stil.
Von der Handlung dieses Buches möchte ich hier nicht v...more
A short and very funny adventure starring Eddie Dickens, sometimes called Johnathon or Simon by his mother when she forgets his name.

The audio book begins with a helpful note for American readers who may have trouble figuring out some of the Britishisms of the book, which was very funny in itself.

The book was apparently written in a series of episodes for the author's nephew at boarding school, and as such is slightly ridiculous and I believe very suitable for young British gentlemen, or young...more
Sue Moro
Awful End

A delightfully quirky, humorous story reminiscent of The Series of Unfortunate Events.

Eddie Dickens' parents are worried about him. They've both come down with a disease that has turned them yellow, made them go all crinkly around the edges and smell of old hot water bottles. They are under the care of a doctor, who has some rather unique, and very odd, remedies. Afraid that their son may catch the disease, they decide to send Eddie to live with his mad Uncle Jack and Mad Aunt Maude in...more
There seems to be a glut of modern children's books that use "A Series of Unfortunate Events" as a template: written in a gothic style with dry wit, frequent asides, fully conscious of the "reader" . . . and this one's really no different. Except for the fact that as my friend Scott says, it's pretty much all asides. What plot there is is tissue thin.

The author notes that the book began as a series of episodes sent to a relative. It's pretty obvious. Of course, Dickens himself wrote his novels...more
A very good children book to read especially with the images that are included in the book, a few good laughs throughout the book. The author directs his attention to the reader on several occasions such as what a particular articulated word arose, some are funny quirks and history facts. More suitable for the younger audience but great for older readers for a laugh.

The books is about a boy name Eddie including other names (don't ask, just read), lives with his parents until they get sick (tempo...more
When you have friends that are teachers, they have really cool books to share. Thank you Ms. Barnett for letting me borrow this book.

I loved it! Oh so cute! I thought it was funny & yet entertaining & I loved it.

I might try to read the other books in the series. I have to find out what happens to Eddie....

I picked this book mainly because of Eddie’s surname –Dickens . Then I noticed the cover which was weird - but in a good way. It looked as if the story could be an interesting and funny adventure.

The story is about Eddie’s journey to “Awful End’’ ,where he has been sent to stay with his “Mad Aunt Maud” & “Mad Uncle Jack” , while his Parents get well.

And I was correct! It was a weird & funny adventure! My favourite character is Mad Aunt Maud. She is totally nuts, and...more
Karen A.
We listened to this one in the car. It had all the requisite qualities for a good listen. British reader, macabre plot with an orphan, and great cover illustration. However I could not pay attention to what was going on I frequently had to ask the kids what had just happened. Fortunatley they were listening and paying attention and could usually tell me where we were. I would have to say though this might be a better read. There are lots of plot twists and it is very wordy 'of the dear reader wi...more
Lorun loppu (2002) kertoo Edu Rihvelistä, jonka vanhemmat sairastuvat tarttuvaan tautiin ja antavat sen vuoksi Edun isosetänsä Jaskan ja isotätinsä Mimmin mukaan matkalle Lorun loppuun. Jaska ja Mimmi ovat molemmat hulluja ja matka Lorun loppuun ei suju kommelluksitta.

Kirja on täynnä absurdia huumoria, joka vetoaa lukijaansa. Samalla kirjailija on ahtanut kirjan täyteen kaikenlaisia mukahauskoja kohtia, jotka eivät naurata, vaikka ehkä olisi tarkoitus. Tämä tekee teoksesta myös sekavan, mikä näk...more
Obvious comparisons can be made to Monty Python and Lemony Snicket, where the text is full of nonsensical events and puns along with over-literal character interactions. However, unlike A Series of Unfortunate Events, I never quite felt engaged to the story itself or even the characters and additionally feel that this zany style of storytelling often overshadowed the plot. That said, it was still amusing, especially when taken into context: How I envy Ardagh's nephew as the recipient of each epi...more
Zany is the word that kept leaping to mind as I read this book! The story begins with Eddie Dickens, a young boy in England circa 1860 who must leave his parents due to their unnamed but awful disease (that makes them turn yellow, and go crinkly around the edges) and go to live with his Great Mad Uncle Jack and Great Mad Aunt Maud. Although the trip is only 12 miles to his Aunt and Uncle's house called Awful End it is 12 miles filled with mad-cap adventure.

What I loved about this story was the w...more
Sep 20, 2008 Susan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children, people who like wordplay and absurd humor
I like this. It's interesting that I just read 2 Brit writers back to back because normally I'm not a huge fan of British Lit, but I enjoyed both.

I think what stands out the most about this is the clever wordplay. Lots of clever stuff, one might even say too much. I think it does get old at a certain point. I can see clearly why people would compare it to ASOUE which I still prefer mostly because I think it really digs a lot deeper, both thematically and with its play and interaction with the re...more
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