- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (25 April 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140316779
- ISBN-13: 978-0140316773
- Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 12.7 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mr Majeika Paperback – 25 Apr 1985
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About the Author
Humphrey Carpenter worked at the BBC before becaming a full-time writer in 1975. He was the author of 14 of the well-loved Mr Majeika titles as well as two Shakespeare Without the Boring Bits titles for children. He was also the co-author, with his wife Mari Prichard, of The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature. He was an eminent figure in the world of adult literature and published award-winning biographies including, among others, those of J. R. R Tolkein, C. S. Lewis, W. H. Auden, Benjamin Britten and Spike Milligan. From 1994-1996 he directed the Cheltenham Festival of Literature and for many years he ran a young people's drama group, the Mushy Pea Theatre Company. He wrote plays for radio and theatre and was a regular contributor to the Guardian. Humphrey died in January 2005.
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Top Customer Reviews
We particularly found it funny when Hamish scared the lady dentist. It made us all laugh.
It was a good book to read in class, because it is set in school, so we could really imagine what it would be like to be in the story.
We would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read magical stories.
Even now i find this book charming, amusing and magical.
Its great for young readers(5/6)who enjoy reading, due to its simplistic style, but unlike a lot of books for this age, its a bit longer, so you can feel proud of yourself when you finish the book(although finishing the book now wasnt as much of an acheivement as it was when i was little)
I would recommend this book to all young children,especially bookworms.
Who's heard of a fun school well St Barty's Primary School was the most boring of the lot, at least until class three's new teacher, Mr Majeika, flew through the open window and crash landed in the middle of the room. Yes this was going to be a different kind of term for class three this year. But let's hope Hamish Bigmore doesn't scare him away like last term's replacement teacher.
After the ordeal with Hamish's ruler he was using to prod Melanie, who cries about anything possible and some things not, turned into a snake, class three started to suspect something was wrong about Mr Majeika first he changed children's pack lunches in to the food of their choice in this case chips and now a ruler being changed into a snake with just a flick of a finger.
Ways to improve...
I personally think as I read big and detailed books like Eragon or Lord of the Rings I'd like it to be a bit more detailed within the context of the story. As without the pictures I'd find it quite hard to imagine the classroom they are in or the carpet Mr Majeika was on.
The things I liked...
Overall I enjoyed the humour and imagination Humphrey had while writing this brilliant book. I particularly enjoyed the partially weird description of the class mates but really, every class has a slightly mardy member and/or a class clown or annoyance and even some twins!!! Just because it may not have an awful lot of pages the author managed to create a gripping story which would allow a younger child to feel a sense of achievement once completed. This is what I admire about the author's style of writing and in return this would encourage young readers to continue on their epic journey of words.
Age rate: I'd say it would be all ages from seven to seventy as I expected to not really enjoy this but as I have mentioned I really enjoyed it!!!
Time to read: 5th of April
Comment: Overall I'd say that it was a `real page turner'
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Loved this as a kid and now I get to enjoy it with my childPublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
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This is for Christmas for someone,but packaged beautifully.Published 2 months ago by Marilyn C Wells
Not a strong storyline but enough to keep year 4/5 laughing at his antics and visiting the library to find other Mr Majeika books.Published 12 months ago by Cropp
I bought this book to read to my class at school and it proved very popular - I can recommend it.Published 20 months ago by StumpyB
We read the book very quickly as my children coerced me into reading several chapters at a time. The books are long enough to engross a young reader. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mr. K. B. Whitfield
Great book, very enjoyable. My Son and I loved it . The Characters are very real and entertaining especially Hamish Bigmore.Published on 6 Feb. 2014 by MRS F A PEARCE
This is an epic book. I am 8 and I really enjoyed this book. Good book for 6/8 years old.Published on 14 Dec. 2013 by Frank Adipura