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A Children's Treasury of Milligan : Classic Stories and Poems [Hardcover]

Spike Milligan
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4 Sep 1999
An anthology of Spike Milligan's poems and stories for children. It comprises "Silly Verse for Kids" (1959); "The Bald Twit Lion" (1968); "A Book of Milliganimals" (1968); "Unspun Socks From a Chicken's Laundry" (1981); "Sir Nobonk and the Terrible, Awful, Dreadful, Naughty, Nasty Dragon" (1982); and "Startling Verse for all the Family" (1987). The book contains his own illustrations.


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  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; New edition edition (4 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852278919
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852278915
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 19.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 721,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Children have "a secret world that only very perceptive adults have any real knowledge of. I have. Lucky me", writes Spike Milligan. In this beautifully illustrated volume, the perpetual eccentric displays his childlike empathy with the mysterious minds of kids. It brings together four of his collections of verse: Silly Verse For Kids, A Book of Milliganimals, Unspun Socks From A Chicken Laundry andStartling Verse For All The Family, along with two longer pieces of prose The Bald Twit Lion and Sir Nobonk and the terrible, awful, dreadful, naughty, nasty Dragon.

Spike is best known as a former Goon, and there is something of that spirit in these works. He demonstrates his versatility, however, in poems that range from the educational and irreverent (The ABC andMacDrown) to the satirical (Crocodile), darkly comic(Winds light to disastrous), linguistically inventive(Ipple-apple Tree) and downright weird (Fiddle faddle). There is much wisdom here, as well as intellectual allusions to keep the adults happy. An index would have helped, but for children from eight to one hundred and eight, this book is highly recommended. --Stephen Portlock

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'A wonderful collection of Spike's stories and poetry for children. Some of them are funny, some of them downright strange, but they're all inventive, and imaginative.' -- Good Housekeeping

'Spike's illustrated autobiography will delight his many fans. Happily, the Family Album is untrammeled Milligan. The temptation to be sensible is resisted.' -- Books Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful collection for kids of all ages 4 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this as a Christmas gift for my children but I've read it more than they have! It brought me right back to my own childhood. I was surprised at how many of the poems I remembered verbatim.

Onto the review! This a beautifully presented and illustrated collection of Milligan's finest silly verse and is a must-see. I couldn't recommend it highly enough. Adults will enjoy reading the poems and stories to younger children, older children will have fun on their own... and I bet a lot of adults will be sneaking a peek from time to time.

Milligan's finest work, I think.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars milligan does it again ---- in verse 13 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Yet again another example fo Spike's excellent works, this time in verse.
Spike Milligan has created laughter for the whole of his life and this is no exception.
No matter what your age, this is the book to raise your spirits in the long winter nights, or to keep you happily amused while lying on that beach.
Definitely one for the library
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for children especially parents 13 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I love the poems and stories whether I'm reading out load or just entertaining myself. As for my daughter she definately loves the drawings and ROARS at the lions and MOOS with the cows but she is still working on the Pygmy Hippo.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Money well spent 9 May 2003
By Steph
Format:Paperback
I work with a class of 6 and 7 year olds, and after reading a selection of these poems to them, I know it was money well spend. I can't think of a better collection of poems to help children hear, understand and appreciate humour within poetry. The nonsense rhymes have provided hours of amusement to the children (and myself), and frequent requests to re-read their favourite, currently "I've just been attacked by wild bananas"! I much valued book from my collection!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Gifts for children 10 Feb 2003
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This is a wonderful book offering something for everyone. The imagary and the language is unique, funny, and touching. It comes from a mind that has seen the very worst that mankind offers and seeks, through poetry to shield these things from children in a world of amusement and thought provoking messages.
I met Spike once, and made him laugh - very proud of that - although he must have been very proud to think that children and adults all over the world will continue to laugh at is writing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful foundation of poetry for all ages 15 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Well what can I say, it is exactly what it says on the cover, silly and yet fun. This however one feels is more than a book of his literary wit, but of his great life as well. It is poems for people of all ages, not just for kids, and so it must be enjoyed. I myself for example find it sheer joy just to sit back and read some lines from this books, for example the"Ying tong idle I po is one of my favourites which I often find myself reciting, If you buy this you will lagh from cover to cover!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars as brilliant as ever it was! 1 July 2009
By cario
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
You can't criticise this volume in any way - Milligan still appeals to all ages and this, with it's original Milligan illustrations, is as popular with my 7 year old as it was with me when I was a child - furthermore, the fact I am no longer a child in now way diminishes the pleasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peerless 1 May 2009
By M. Hall
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my 6 year old daughter as a treat and she enjoys it as much as I enjoyed it at her age and again now. All the favourites are in there, well presented, with original Milligan drawings to compliment the poems and stories. A great present that has inspired my daugther and me all over again!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely gift
Bought this for my Godson's 3rd birthday, and he loves it. On the Ning Nang Nong is my favourite, and he's also a fan. Lovely illustrations.
Published 3 months ago by JayneB
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
This is a wonderful book for any admirer of Spike. It was so easy to order on line and it arrived quickly and was ideal as a birthday present.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs E Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Childrens Book
This is great if you like Spike Milligan and his humour and the world of Gobledigook! Many hours of fun reading to children and adults alike. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ben L
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should have this book!
I had a Milligan book as a child and loved it, which inspired me to purchase this collection as a christening present for a friends little boy. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kirsty Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars laugh out loud hilerious
Bought this for my 6 year old and he absolutely loves silly nonsense versus and has audios of spike milligan and he cant seem to get enough of him... Read more
Published 9 months ago by mummymoon369
5.0 out of 5 stars EVERY SCHOOL SHOULD HAVE THIS BOOK
BOUGHT THIS FOR MY 5 YEAR OLD GRANDDAUGHTER - THIS IS A WONDERFUL BOOK TO FUEL EVERY CHILDS IMAGINATION. Read more
Published 11 months ago by explorer
5.0 out of 5 stars An old favourite
This was an enormous favourite of my granddaughter and her friends when young - now introducing it to my other 'young' friends. Read more
Published 14 months ago by elizabeth parkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Great CD for the car with Spike reading his poetry so well. Good quality hardback book to treasure, great illustrations.
Published 15 months ago by T. Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my daughter......honestly
Ok, I lied, I was SO excited when this book arrived, its had me and my Dad giggling at some of the poems - a great book to dip in and out of.

Suitable for any age!
Published 16 months ago by Louise Rooney
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
What is there to say about good old spike, he was a genius. Book quality and covers as described, excellent value.
Published 16 months ago by Gary Mellor
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