First off, let me say I'm an adult, having never read the Pooh stories when I was a child. Now for the review:
The House At Pooh Corner is just as good, if not better, than the original Winnie the Pooh. It's a shame Milne only wrote two (prosaic) Pooh books - but then I think that's also what makes them so special. I made sure I savoured this slowly, reading a chapter every now and then. It is actually a superb read for adults - Milne is an author of great skill (both in technique and in story telling), and there are so many nuances in the text; it's not too difficult to see Milne's world view and philosophies behind the surface of each chapter, and his stories so wonderfully reflect his wonder at the imagination of children. Each of the character personalities is so distinct, too - Milne often makes fun of society, particularly by cheekily capitalising certain words. And Shepard's illustrations are ingenious, capturing the essence of Milne's descriptions humorously and, I'm sure, accurately. Finally, the grammar and punctuation is fantastically old school and top drawer - a much better reference than a dry text on the subject. If you want a refreshing break from your day-to-day life, are an adult that wants to awaken their inner child, or if you want to transport yourself to a world where life is simple and delightful, read The House At Pooh Corner! In fact, there is a lot to be said for reading early years fiction as an adult.