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Mr Humperdinck's Wonderful Whatsit [Paperback]

Wynand Louw , Marjorie Van Heerden
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Book Description

7 Jan 2004
There are fairies at the bottom of our dumpster! A magical fantasy adventure for children, and grown-ups too.

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Human & Rousseau (Pty) Ltd (7 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0798144521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0798144520
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,835,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A delightful, magical, romping adventure. -- South African Children’s Book Forum (South African branch of The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)) NEWSLETTER No.30 February 2005

It is a rollicking, unputdownable tale full of memorable characters and wonderfully illustrated with ink drawings by Marjorie van Heerden. -- TygerBurger, 29/06/2005 (Article)

Move over Harry Potter – we have our very own JK Rowling right on our doorstep. -- Cape Argus, 08/07/2005 (Article)

From the Publisher

Mr. Humperdinck’s Wonderful Whatsit was awarded the M.E.R. prize for best children’s book published in 2004. It is one of the coveted literary awards sponsored by the South African media giant Via Afrika.

The judges’ comments:
Although not often enough, every now and then a fantasy novel appears in South Africa that makes one sigh with relief. Louw’s Mr. Humperdinck’s Wonderful Whatsit is such a novel. The story is full of dwarves, fairies and gargoyles, apart from talking bricks, flying smooth talking garbage heaps, man eating giant rats as well as young (and older) heroes and villains. The author effortlessly succeeds in suspending the reader’s disbelief in these characters and their actions.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Humperdinck's Wonderful Whatsit 22 Nov 2004
Many of us believed in fairies when we were young. They were small people with butterfly-like wings. After reading the book I surely think differently about fairies and I look at bricks and garbage through different eyes.
Louw created a wonderful fantacy world that is so part of our normal day-to-day world and described in so much detail that it can almost be true. In this fantacy and real world Pete and his friend go on an adventure to save the good from tytanny and from the bad. The book is beautiful written and the tension almost becomes unbearable before the plot starts to unravel in a logic way.
There is however musch more to the story that just adventure, villians and heroes - It also mocks a little with our social order and has a deep message. A message that we can all remember and teach to our children. "If no-one believes in a human, he eventually stops believing in himself. And then he starts to die - slowly from the inside."
It is a wonderful story and the perfect gift for your children and friends. Hopefully there will be a followup. I would like to know what happens to Pete and his friends.
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