Having lent my copy of the original I was pleased to find it was still available from penguin (or so I thought), and I bought two copies. Big mistake, as some of the other reviewers have made clear (although most seem to have, bizarrely, given a review of the original edition and NOT the one advertised here !). This work still gives the dry, factual substance of each story, but penguin have inexplicably removed the clever wordplay, witty remarks and all enjoyment offered by the original. It is put together in a style seemingly designed to be neither edifying, nor amusing and penguin should hang their heads in shame. The editing (as a childrens reader) is both ham-fisted and patronising and anyone reading this book will be left wondering why they've wasted their time and money. The original was already accessible to all ages and probably the funniest book I've ever read. If you have ever come across the original please write to penguin asking for it to be re-released. DO NOT BUY THIS EDITION - You will be terribly disappointed.