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Just William Box Set: "Just William", "More William", "William Again", "William the Fourth" [Hardcover]

Richmal Crompton
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7 Oct 2005
There's only one JUST WILLIAM! The classic JUST WILLIAM series is back with a brand-new, stylish look. This stunning boxed set contains small-format hardback editions of the first four JUST WILLIAM books. It is a collection to delight all of William's many existing fans, and introduces the naughtiest, funniest boy in children's books to a whole new generation of readers.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; New edition (7 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330440632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330440639
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richmal Crompton was born in Lancashire in 1890.

The first story about William Brown appeared in Home magazine in 1919, and the first collection of William stories was published in book form three years later.

In all, thirty-eight William books were published, the last one in 1970, after Richmal Crompton¹s death.

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Richmal Crompton was born in Lancashire in 1890. The first story about William Brown appeared in home magazine in 1919, and the first collection of William stories was published in book form three years later. In all, thirty-eight William books were published, the last one in 1970, after Richmal Crompton's death.

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82 of 87 people found the following review helpful
By Keith_Joseph HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you want the complete series you'll probably have to go for the 10 book paperback boxed set. This hardcover set has the first four william books (annoyingly the books mention that a fifth 'William at war' is available but it's not here - although that one isn't a `proper' William title). The set is nicely boxed and the books are 5.5" x 6.5" x 1". They are well bound, but not with the little pretty cotton coloured binding, just glue & paper. There's no dust covers. All the original illustrations are present. Text size is large - I don't need glasses to read the stories to my son (9). My son hasn't gone for these stories yet - he prefers 'Captain Underpants' and 'Astrosaurs' - but I'm working on him. I won't bore you with reviews of the stories, any child of the sixties like me will be very familiar with these. I suppose these stories aren't dissimilar to the beginning of Mark Twain's 'Tom Sawyer'. They share the witty humour of cheeky boys pushing at adults set boundaries, although, fortunately for him, William never has to face the likes of 'Indian Joe' in the English shires. William stories aren't 'coming of age' either (girls are for dipping pigtails into inkwells). His charm is that he steadfastly refuses to grow up, and he is always a typical roguish but lovable preteen boy knocking about with his outlaw mates - although being born in the era of the school cane he is well aware of the risks of offending adults. Young William's family life reflects a typical middle class English upbringing in a 'semi-detached' sub-urban/rural setting, and it was one I could easily identify with during my surprisingly similar 1960s childhood 40 years later. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still cool after all these years 2 Feb 2009
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When I ordered this for my 11 year old at Xmas I wondered whether William's world would be too unrecognisable for him to enjoy as my generation had. I needn't have worried. William is now his companion of choice, ahead of young spies and wizards. I hear him laughing out loud as he reads the stories. The set is very nicely printed and presented too: four good-quality hardbacks in a solid cardboard case.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun and belly laughs 30 May 2009
Format:Hardcover
The stories in this set of books are so funny. Sure the settings are a bit dated but the humour works every time. I loved reading these to my daughter, though she got bored with me stopping to laugh so often
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5.0 out of 5 stars William the Conqueror 12 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover
It must be 30 years since I last picked up a William book, and what a treat this boxed set turned out to be. This was a birthday present that actually made me feel younger. As a child, I probably did not appreciate quite how exceptional a writer was Richmal Crompton. But as I re-read each of the short stories in the collection, my memories of the original readings came flooding back to me. Lovely choice of gift for all 11 year old boys, especially those in their forties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reliving my childhood 10 Jan 2014
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Reviving very fond childhood memories for my own children. Lovable rogue indeed. Not that easy to find, surprisingly. I lok forward to story time more than my kids do,
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