7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 2002
This book has never failed to make me laugh, and I've read it about five times. The humour is extremely witty, in the guise of a more simple type of humour. Molesworth's (the hero) spelling is funny by itself, and combined with his insightful criticisms of school life and the range of characters at St Custard's, makes for hilarious reading. One can always empathise with Molesworth's predicament, increasing the book's charm. Despite his non-standard English, one can always understand him: after all, everybody knows what a chiz is (a chiz is a swiz or a swindle as any fule kno).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 March 2010
This is a very funny and cleverly written book. Yes, it can take a few pages to get used to the deliberately bad spelling and the 1950's schoolboy jargon, but very soon you are transported into the wonderfully witty and astutely observed world of the hugely cynical Nigel Molesworth, pupil of that perfect prep school, St.Custard's. With brilliant illustrations by Ronald Searle this book is virtually un-put-downable.