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Harry and the Wrinklies Paperback – 18 Jul 2003

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; New Edition edition (18 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439978378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439978378
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The summer holiday, which is the best time of year for most children, was the worst for Harry Barton. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jun. 1999
Format: Paperback
Books mean different things to different people. This book is categorised as a children's book but it has a very serious message for all senior citizens. My childhood days are long since behind me but I found that this book said a lot to me personally. On the sudden death of his parents Harry Barton is packed off to stay with two elderly great aunts in the country. He finds that they form part of an extraordinary community. A kind of modern Robin Hoods who rob banks and give the proceeds to homes for handicapped orphans. What is even stranger is that all the members of this community are senior citizens. They call themselves "The Wrinklies" and Harry joins them. They have to fight for their very survival as they have, for a neighbour, Colonel Priestly, a high court judge who suspects that they "are up to something." Beastly Priestly, as they call him, also tries to have Harry taken away from his aunts and put in an institution. But the Wrinklies know that Colonel Priestly has a dark secret and if they can only uncover it he will never trouble them again. Today there are countless opportunities for our senior citizens but, unfortunately, there are still those who think that they should just vegetate. This book is an answer to those who think that - even if it is a slightly satirical, tongue-in-cheek answer. But often, if one is to make a point, then exaggeration is the only way. The characters are boldly drawn and somewhat larger than life. We see, for example, an old lady riding a powerful motor bike and driving a car at one hundred and fifty miles an hour and another old lady (a former circus star) is shown swinging from the tops of trees. And these are only two examples.Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Oct. 2001
Format: Paperback
What a zany, fun adventure! All kids (and parents) will enjoy this story of an eleven year old boy who is freed from his miserable existance with his wicked nanny when his(never present)parents unexpectedly die. He moves to rural England to live with his older-than-time great aunts........and the fun begins! REALLY FUNNY! I stayed up past midnight finishing this page turner. My kids (10 and 12) loved it as well. This will be our new favorite birthday present for all the pre-teen kids we know.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 May 1999
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book because it is one of those stories that leads you in many different directions. First it made me think that there was going to be a horrible murder and Harry would die, then it led me to believe that someone was trying to stop Harry from finding out that his aunts and their friends were all crooks, robbing the rich and giving to the poor. Beastly Priestly and Gestapo Lil are fantastically horrible and at times in the story, they were such a threat to Harry that I was standing on my toes with anxiety. I recommend this book to all other nine year olds and upwards. I think grown-ups would like it too.From: Charlie Gilmour
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Aug. 1999
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Harry's paents are very rich and are always on holiday but Harry isn't allowed to go so they employed a nannie Lavinya McScrew (Gastop Lil). Harry's parents die and Harry gets sent to his aunts at Lagg Hall. Where they hit it off straight away! Harry gets to sleep at the top of the tower but does he know what's coming next in his many adventures he gets sent to a children's home and then to Grimthrash Jail. The aunts are old but that doesn't stop them from being able to rob banks and give the poor (a bit like Robin Hood!) Harry's aunts don't stop there they are convinced that Colonel Priestly is in with a load of crooks himself so they set up lookouts in loads of different places and like all good books it has a happy ending. I liked the book because it has got jokes in places and it is sort of an adventure story but I give it 10 out of 10.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 July 2001
Format: Paperback
I really liked the part when Harry climbs the trees with one of the old ladies - it was exciting. I thought it was weird that the old ladies were driving the super super fast cars and a lot of fun. I read this when I was eight and I had just finished the Harry Potter books. This was just as good. This book is a real good laugh. it is witty and funny and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. I think people between the ages of 8 to adult would enjoy this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susan Parnell on 25 Oct. 2002
Format: Paperback
Harry and the Wrinklies is a good book for those who like adventure with a bit of crime in a book. The book is centered around Harry...( you don't want to know his four or five names) and features the despicable Gestapo Lil. There are two types of criminals, decide for yourself which are the good and which are the bad. Harry gets taught to pick locks, wrestle and climb trees and drain pipes. An extremely good book, I would recommend it to everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jun. 2000
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When Harry moves to Lagg hall he thought he was going to be in for a really dull time, but then he realises that he's in for a lot of fun. While Harry is joyriding in the great aunts two engine super super car , they are being watched upon by Gastop Lil.Harry and the Wrinkles is an excellent book and is well worth buying.
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By Thievesfire on 12 July 2010
Format: Paperback
I was given this book as a present when I was twelve, seven years ago! And to this day it's still one of my favorite books, even at the time, my mum enjoyed it too! A very clever book which gives you no doubt as to who the heroes and villains are, Harry and his elderly aunts are fantastic characters and you're behind them the whole way through their adventures. A great book for kids, and big kids too! The new cover looks great as well!
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