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Let's Kill Uncle (The Bloomsbury Group)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2008
This is a wonderfully humourous book, written with a wit and simplicity that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Young Barnaby has a wicked uncle, but fortunately his little friend Christie has a solution for his problem ...

I bought it many years ago to tease my own uncle, and the whole family loved it.

The children are probably realistically written and have a pragmatic lack of innocence or illusions. The cougar is an animal that I would really rather not meet without bars between us - and that goes doubly for the Uncle!

My own copy is a paperback that has been read many times and I looked the book up on-line in the hope that it had been reprinted. (My book is old. The pages are heavily tanned and it is not so much "foxed" as "cougared". I saw the moving man's expression when he picked it up - and I blushed but I packed it anyway!)

Why has nobody reprinted this brilliantly funny book?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 2002
Just a lovely story that has deservedly been reprinted. Not currently available through Amazon. Why not?
Told from everyone's point of view it's about two children thrown together by chance into an isolated canadian island community. There's a well meaning policeman, tortured by being the only survivor to return from the war, a murderous uncle and an ancient, resentful cougar. Written in the early 1960's and set shortly after WW2 it has a simplicity which children will like and which babyboomer parents will love as it recalls their childhood era. I particularly loved the passages narrated by One Ear and if this is eventually refilmed- the original is apparently a camp classic - a well chosen voice will have the chance to rival George Sanders' Shere Khan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2013
I first read this book many years ago - & searched for it on kindle.
Am enjoying reading it again. Sometimes when you go back to a book
it is disappointing, but not this book.
A very good read.
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on 27 September 2013
I hoped I could eventually have my 9-year old twins read this book, but the style- even though the thought process of the children is well caught - of writing needs quite a lot of concentrating. At least, that what I felt and therefore could not read it in one go.
Still, I definitely wanted to find out the end and to that extent an excellent read and recommendable.
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on 4 September 2013
As fresh and darkly funny as it was when it was first written.
Just as good for adults and children. An unpredictable, brilliant read.
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