"I heard the tramp of feet, five feet in total, which meant only a single visitor, for three feet always belong to Chives; I gave him the extra leg wh...more"I heard the tramp of feet, five feet in total, which meant only a single visitor, for three feet always belong to Chives; I gave him the extra leg when I invented him, for the sake of stability and speed. And also because he's a monster."
That's probably enough to tell you whether you'll enjoy this charmingly bizarre tale of the theft of the sky and its replacement with a stone ceiling. Renowned Absurdity Investigator (where's one of them when you need one?) Sampietro Mischief aims to find out who did it and why with the assistance (or not) of his butler (and monster) Chives.
Full of throwaway one-line ingenious ideas like Mischief's fear about "the extinction of electricity, which I had wrongly believed to be an animal", the story invites you to revel in its absurdity. Never mind worries about vitamin D deficiency when the sun has disappeared, how will you work out which 3 o'clock is which when there are two in every day and they're both dark? And more importantly, why isn't Chives appearing with the brandy when he's called?
I enjoyed this foray into the perfectly logical illogicality of the world of Mischief (and especially Chives - who doesn't love a monster sidekick?) and I'm pleased to see that a second in the series, The Polo Match, is available for the next time I need a dose of cheerful madness!(less)
A collection of beautifully illustrated letters to the children in the Tolkien family about the adventures of Father Christmas with the Polar Bear at...moreA collection of beautifully illustrated letters to the children in the Tolkien family about the adventures of Father Christmas with the Polar Bear at the North Pole each Christmas. Enchanting tales with wonderful characters - the Polar Bear's scrapes are always entertaining. It's also particularly poignant during the war when Father Christmas has little to deliver (stolen by opportunistic goblins) and has difficulty finding all the evacuees and children made homeless by bombings. Lovely little book for Christmas.
This book is available in a Kindle edition which reproduces all the full colour illustrations and handwritten letters. As such, I expect it would be a bit of a disappointment on the current generation black-and-white Kindles, but it looks beautiful in the Kindle apps for computers/tablets (I fear smart phones would require too much zooming and scrolling around to be practical). Just FYI, readers of ebooks!(less)
I've just reread Charlie for the first time in, well, a couple of decades and loved it just as much as when I was little: the excitement about the ann...moreI've just reread Charlie for the first time in, well, a couple of decades and loved it just as much as when I was little: the excitement about the announcement of the golden tickets and who finds them, the anticipation when Charlie is unwrapping a chocolate bar, the joy and wonder of the factory, the absolute certainty that a Whipple-Scrumptions Fudgemallow Delight would be the most delicious chocolate bar in the world ever if only it existed...
While Dahl's story is as good as ever, this Kindle edition was a little disappointing. It reproduces Quentin Blake's fantastic illustrations, but appears to be based on an uncorrected OCR: "T" appears instead of "I" on a number of occasions, and in some places there are unnecessary hyphens from ends of lines in the print book and some sentences are split into two paragraphs where presumably they were split across a page break and other bits of odd formatting. It's careless and sloppy that it wasn't proofread and checked properly before being released in this format, especially since it's currently more expensive than the paperback from Amazon.(less)