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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (30 Aug. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141311533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141311531
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Ridley was born in East London where he still lives and works. He studied painting at St Martin's and went on to write adult novels, plays for radio and theatre, and the screenplay for THE KRAYS. He received considerable acclaim for his firstadult novel, IN THE EYES OF MY FURY, and his reputation as a writer for children is soaring.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nubia on 18 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is amazing, it is about how a little boy can change other people's attitude and save his street.
My favourite character is Ruskin because although he was scared he knew it was up to him to save his street.
I don't like Elvis, he is really big with a voice like thunder and is covered in muscles, another reason I dislike Elvis is because he always wants things his way.

I liked Krindle Krax at the end, he is one of my best characters too because he listened to the rules.
Wendy is my next best person because she has a funny phrase, which you can find out in the book.
I think this book will be enjoyed by many.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sun Literacy Group on 1 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
Krindlekrax is a fantasy book that is filled with adventure and humour. However, it also includes real life situations, for example: bullying, emotions and friendships.

The story is set in the curious Lizard street -with its broken windows, cracked pavements, and scorched brickwork. Ruskin Splinter (the main character) with his red, frizzy hair and other distinctive features is a little boy with a goal to be a hero.

There are lots of other interesting and vivid characters, including Elvis Cave, Sparkey Walnut and Corky Pigeon. We feel inspired by the author's description of all the characters, because they are all unique and individual. After reading this book, we want to give characters in our own stories recognisable traits using lots of imagination.

Ruskin, Elvis and Sparkey were all best friends, until Elvis started to grow and became the school bully. Everyone is frightened of Elvis, even adults, because he breaks windows (sometimes in his sleep!). This is not Elvis's only annoying habit -you will have to read this fantastic book to find out the rest.

St. George's school is hosting a school play, but who will be the hero? More importantly, will Ruskin's dreams ever be fulfilled? Will Mr Lace, the class teacher, ever run out of pencils?

Despite being a very sad and emotional part of the story, we feel the author dealt with the death of one of the characters very sensitively.

Our favourite part was the build up, when we found out who would be the hero in the school play, in addition it is also revealed exactly what is lurking under Lizard street.

In our opinion, we recommend this book to everybody, because Philip Ridley's wonderful description allows the reader to feel the characters' range of emotions.

Sun Literacy group (Corbett Primary School).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jun. 1999
Format: Paperback
Krindlekrax, is a brilliant book, to read. I think that Philip Ridely puts a lot of imagination into his story that he wrote. Ruskin Splinter is a very good name, and very well made up, and Elvis Cave, and all the other names that he made up.The first time I heard Krindlekrax was when my teacher read it to the whole class,and nobody disliked it.I think that the author that wrote this book has a lot of imagination.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 May 2002
Format: Paperback
Kindlekrax is a crocodilewho lives in the sewers who is always eating beans on toast, and Elvis the big bully teases Ruskin at school.
Ruskin Splinter,Elvis Cave,Dr Flowers,Wendy Splinter,Mr and Mrs Cave,Mr Lace,Corkey,Sparkey,Mr Flick,Krindlekrax,Winston Splinter,Mrs Walnut.Ruskin-he has fuzzy red hair,very small,and glasses like saucers.He wore black shorts which showes off his nobberly knees, he wore black boots and his arms looked like twigs.Elvis-he is very fat and looks like an American Footballer.He always is bouncing a ball and smashing all the windows in Lizard Street.Krindlekrax- he looks like a crocodile with scaley skin and his breath smells of gooey stuff for he lives in the sewers.The setting was very realistic because of the way the author wrote it was fantastic.The best description I think in the sewers.The story line was very good and has a very good plot.The actual story line was extremely good because he used adjectives and made the story very exciting.He was very successful not any bad language and he is funny with his writing.He makes very good use of words.He makes you want to read on and on.His style was absolutely amazing.He used atalics in funny speech and he thought hard about it because he wrote it in great detail so I could read it very clearly.There was no bad lanuage or anything like that,so small children could read it.The descriptions of all the characters was amazing I could imagne all of them.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a superb book, and one that as a teacher, I will be reading with my Key Stage 2 class..... it deals with many issues including bullying, death and family relationships, but in a sensitive and matter-of-fact way. Ruskin is a perfect hero in the book as he is such an unlikely one. The author paints a picture of all the inhabitants of Lizard Street so vividly, that once you have started reading, you won't want to put the book down. Brilliant!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Jun. 2001
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It's a really good book because it all changes round at the end. It sorts out problems such as bullying. It's an exciting story about a hero who saves Lizard Street from a terrifying monster. My favourite character is Corky, who tells you interesting stories from when he was a little boy. Philip Ridley uses phrases for each character, Wendy's is" Polly- wolly -doodle all the day," and Winston's is "It's not my fault."
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