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5.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous funny illustations, A trilogy, great for kids to read, from about 9 to 12 years., 17 Sep 2010
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This review is from: The Further Adventures of Eddie Dickens : Dubious Deeds / Horrendous Habits / Final Curtain (Paperback)
The Trilogy comes in an attractive illustrated holder, averaging about 150 pages per book, each book has black & white illustrations throughout from the funny, observant David Roberts.

Book one - Dubious Deeds
Pint-sized hero Eddie Dickens is back and this time he's miles from home. In this tale of deceit and double-dealing, Eddie Dickens is away from Awful End in the highlands of Victorian Scotland. He finds himself amongst a group of vegetarian strangers living in mad Aunt Maud's ancestral pile. Arriving to the highlands aboard the Tatan Tiger, he's plunged into a landowner dispute,comes face to face with HM Victoria, gets bitten by sheep & don't forget Malcom the stuffed stoat.

Book two - Horrendous Habits
After a serious accident involving a gorse bush, Eddie Dickens finds himself being cared for by monks of the Bertian order, founded by Ethelbert the Funny, and with absolutely no memory of who he is. Back at Awful End, he leaves behind a baby discovered in the bulrushes, his father flattened by a chimney in what was probably a deliberate act, and the fairly well-known engineer Fandango Jones playing detective. With more surprises than a bag full of them, Horrendous Habits embraces a whole host of new characters along with firm favourites such as Malcolm the stuffed stoat. There's skulduggary & foul play.

Book three- Final Curtain
In this, the third and final of "The Further Adventures of Eddie Dickens", our saucer-eyed hero Eddie Dickens finds himself embroiled in an attempt to foil a plot to steal an oil painting of Mad Uncle Jack, mistakenly commissioned by the War Office (who thought he was the other Major Dickens). Add to this the explosive mix of Even Madder Aunt Maud and Annabelle, the baby pet crocodile she now leads around on a silver chain; Dr Samuel Moot, besotted by Maud since a young man, having once shot Mad Uncle Jack (twice) in a duel; Gherkin, a professional dwarf; Eddie's Uncle Alfie and a surfeit of heather; and all the usual suspects (including Malcolm, of course)...and you're in for another slice of the ridiculous served up in the way that only Ardagh can.

These books have excellant characters, witty , inventive & funny, great for getting reluctant boys (or girls) to read, I bought these to try & whett my 10 year old's appettite for reading. & it worked, for read alone or you can read out loud, these books are brilliant.
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