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The Rupert Annual 2014: No. 78 (Annuals 2014) [Hardcover]

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5 Aug 2013 Annuals 2014

In this year's Rupert Annual, Rupert is having lots of fun with his friends. Sometimes, what begins as a simple game can lead Rupert on a rollicking adventure, but he always makes it home in time for tea! Stuart Trotter's new story,Rupert and the Go-Kart Race, is no exception. There's something a little strange about Rupert's go-kart, could the imps be behind it?


Annual Content:
Rupert and the Rugger Match (illustrated by Alfred Bestall)
Rupert and the Go-Kart Race (illustrated by Stuart Trotter)
Rupert and the Baby Cloud (illustrated by Enid Asher)
Rupert and the Missing Snow (illustrated by John Harrold)
Rupert's Paper Banger origami activity


Product details

  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (5 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405267658
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405267656
  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 21.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars old stories 23 Dec 2013
By rs
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I was disappointed that the majority of the stories were copied from earlier editions of the annual and so was the craft activity.
The Rupert annual doesn't have that many pages so how hard is it to come up with original stories, especially as this isn't one of the cheaper annuals.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rupert 21 Dec 2013
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It's OK but could have been much better (and probably rated only 2 star). Four stories, three of them repeats from earlier editions and the new fourth one was of moderate quality. Seems that the editors (or whoever) have lost interest in this annual, even though it has a long history and Rupert stories have been around for longer than this. It is a tradition that needs a bit of TLC.

If they are going to repeat any tales, maybe stories from the early editions would be better and with possible modifications in the pictures. But collectors (and everyone else) deserve new stories with a bit of thought behind them. And at least 6 tales per annual. Providing the current 4 is just being lazy.

I will continue to purchase but will re-evaluate on a yearly basis.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For collectors "dissaponting" 14 Dec 2013
By Lucia
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If you are a collector this years annual like the previous few years will be of little improvement and a disappointment when compared to the annuals of days gone by. On the merit of a Christmas annual from a none collector`s point of view and for someone who has not seen the quality transformation over the years then this might well be a nice book to purchase, I only hope that the Rupert annual will continue but I cannot see the new annuals being collectable editions in years to come.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another poor imitation of a Rupert annual 14 Oct 2013
By T.
A joyless imitation of what a Rupert annual used to be...
The illustrations are basic and soulless, you can't even use it for a doorstop.
Bring back John Harrold - all is forgiven!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Slim! 9 Sep 2013
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As a long standing Rupert fan and avid collector of past and present books, this has to be the thinnest and perhaps
the most disappointing to date.

It almost feels as is the new team really cannot be bothered to put the effort into each new annual that comes along.
I will have to think long and hard before making a purchase next year if there isn't an improvement on substance.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rupert Annual No 78 - A Thin Tome 13 Aug 2013
Positives (The Old Professor's Praise)
(1)Good representation of Rupert on the front cover.
(2)Promising endpaper.
(3)Four stories(as appeared in 1965 to 1968, 1970 to 1974, 1976 to 1977 and 1979 to 1980).
(4)The seasons are well represented in the range of stories.
(5)Three attractive double frame pictures in the Stuart Trotter story.
(6)The paper banger activity from an old annual links up well with the new Go-Kart tale.
(7)Clear and interesting contents page.
(8)The new story is engaging and attractively drawn.

Negatives (Sir Jasper Cadde's Criticism)
(1)Most of the front and back cover appears rather sketchy.
(2)No back endpaper.
(3)The image on the title page is just part of the front cover.
(4)No puzzle pages.
(5)The four stories all have a very different style of title page which means the book has an incohesive feel.
(6)Bingo's legs seem to have some form of wasting disease on page 46.
(7)The annual feels extremely thin.
(8)No Follow Rupert page.
(9)The rabbit twins on the front cover are obviously hiding their faces in shame.
(10)Page 4 refers to endpapers but there is only one.
(11)To boost the page total to 72 the front and back boards are counted as four pages.
(12)The television in the new story jars a little as it seems rather too modern.
(13)The colouring of the word 'Rupert' on the cover and for three of the four stories is a "Rupert Red" but the
final story is a mint green; so there is no link between all the stories and the cover. Surely they could either
have all been red (or at least the same colour) or, as in fairly recent years, they could ALL have been a diff-
erent colour from the artist's palette?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 15 Jan 2014
I took my nephew to get a number 2014 Annuals, but this edition is not only ultra slim it seems and looks almost fake, no real effort has been put into this edition. Most of the content appears to have been collated from other editions. The narrative, the pictorials and general entertainment value is low compared to the standards that were around previously. However, my nephew wanted this edition and at a cost of tad under 2 which is not much - but that is inconsequential as I remember from my childhood that these were quality books along with the Blue Peter Annual were standard fare in our household and gave hours of fun. It is a real shame to see these editions as they are now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish Value For Money. 4 Jan 2014
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If you wanted new stories then you won't find them here, the pictures in the annual look awful and the quality of the paper is very poor. My annual, bought as a present, had obviously been kept somewhere "damp" as the pages began to crinkle almost straightaway. I was given my money back by Amazon, I have complained about the quality of the annual to Egmont, I have heard nothing back yet from them?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Christmas present for my son
Published 3 days ago by Christopher M. Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 12 days ago by D A WAGSTAFF
5.0 out of 5 stars Great as usual
Bought this as a Christmas present. It was read from cover to cover before lunchtime. Can't wait til next Christmas for the next one
Published 4 months ago by Queenrocks
5.0 out of 5 stars Rupert id timeless
I bought this for my collection of Rupert annuals started by my mother in law for my husband many years ago
Published 5 months ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars THE RUPERT ANNUAL 2014
I am a big Rupert Bear fan have been for years, wonderful annual as always and very reasonable priced, so convenient as it seems to be impossible to buy in the shops now.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Fiona Bradford
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Good but...
Yes, these annuals a still a good read but they are getting much thinner. Far less pages than earlier ones, even from the 1950's when there was still a problem getting paper.
Published 5 months ago by Gadget Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Entertaining
Every year the Rupert Annual delivers amazing and delightful stories suitable for children of all ages, and this year has been no exception.
Published 6 months ago by Philip Gegan
2.0 out of 5 stars Recycled Rupert
This was a great disappointment. Having bought the Rupert annual every year for a very long time,
this was a let-down. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rosemarie Burston
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed
Once again the Rupert Annual has proved to be a sore disappointment. I've been buying the annual for donkeys years and have noticed how it has steadily gone down hill over the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Stephanie Fitzgerald
5.0 out of 5 stars great service quick and efficient
as always a good christmas stocking present for an avid and long term [for over thirty years] follower of Rupert
Published 7 months ago by Fran Etheridge
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