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The Otterbury Incident Paperback – 1974


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  • Paperback: 187 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140301631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140301632
  • ASIN: B003UMLN2Y
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Classic children's story first published in 1948 - illustrated by Edward Ardizzone.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Sept. 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Otterbury Incident was a favourite book of mine as a child. But that was 30 years ago when the games the heroes played, and their freedom to roam the streets, all made sense. Life has changed so much since then that the story now seems like a historical novel, but really the key elements - adventure, friendship, and a sense of community - are still relevant today. The story can grip and affect a new generation of readers - my children - just as it affected me all that time ago.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave C on 21 Mar. 2013
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read this many years ago, never forgot it, now my son and I read it together, now he enjoys it as well, even though some of the language in it is a bit old fashioned, but probably fits the time the story is set in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Wrycraft on 10 Jun. 2014
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Shame it's out of print so the only way to get it is second hand. Bought several singles to top up a slightly short class set. The kids loved the book j. Good!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Masterclass in Ingenuity 7 Jun. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Is this one of the great children's books of all time? It's certainly a contender. How many stories can centre upon 'children solve the mystery' while remaining at all times credible to even the most critical teenager? Even now, most teenagers will recognise the range of different personalities which make up any successful gang. Ted, Toppy and the others truly give a masterclass in ingenuity; C Day Lewis a masterclass in writing for the young and adventurous.
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Classic mystery adventure for 8-11 year olds. 1 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a charming and exciting book for children in upper primary or intermediate grades. Special appeal to boys particularly those in that " soldier" stage of development. This was read to me as a child and I have read it to my children ages 6 and 8 . Full of action, suspense and humor. Frankly, one of my all-time favorite books. Would make a wonderful movie!
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A marvelously witty story 8 Aug. 2012
By Christopher Bunn - Published on Amazon.com
I first read The Otterbury Incident decades ago when I was a kid. Yesterday, I encountered my old copy sitting on the shelves in the library at my folks' house. Intrigued by a dim memory of a pleasing story, I pulled it out and read it at one fell swoop. A great many books do not stand the test of time from childhood to adulthood. Sometimes this is due to the fact that we adults grow stupider and stupider with the passing years. Sometimes it's simply because the book is poorly written. The Otterbury Incident, however, admirably holds up. This is not just a good book. It's an excellent book.

A drily humorous book, the Incident tells the story of a group of schoolchildren in a post-war English town who decided to deal with a gang of criminals on their own, reasoning that adults would just muck up the proceedings. The writer, C. Day Lewis, has an elegant and understated way with words, which is understandable, seeing that he was a professor of poetry at Oxford.

In this era of ebooks, The Otterbury Incident is a book that should be owned in hard copy. Your children will enjoy it and adults, if not too thick-witted, will enjoy it as well. Edward Ardizzone's illustrations are a lovely addition with their spare, black ink expressiveness.

By the way, this easily deserves five stars. If you are concerned about the fact that my reviews are generally only four or five stars, thinking me too much of a pushover, think again. I like very few of the books that I encounter. I do not review those, choosing only to review standouts.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A great older kids read. Definitely NOT a toddlers book. 28 Jan. 1998
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Format: Hardcover
Fondly remembered from childhood, and re-read many times, my copy sadly given away without my consent years ago. Memorable as much for the wonderful original illustrations by Edward Ardizzone as for the story itself. Some aspects of an early C20 childhood (using fireworks to attack fleeing enemies!) perhaps no longer considered politically correct though.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Exciting and stimulating! 23 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It is a really good story although it was a bit confusing at first. It has good descriptive words and is suitable for all ages. A must-read!
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