on 29 October 2010
Richmal Crompton's William books should be required reading in every school for 8 year olds onwards. Not only are they funny, well written, cleverly plotted and and with memorable characters but they also provide an insight into the social history and changing attitudes of the English middle class family during the period from the end of the First World War to the 1960's. They are timeless classics.
on 15 August 2000
Are the only Two words that can describe this book. Richmal Crompton describes perfectly the mischeivous adventures of William Brown and his colleagues. On his way he will encounter adventure, fright, enemies, and allways get into trouble.
This book is truly the work of pure genious.
Now isn't it about time you began reading it!
on 28 January 2013
Each chapter is a story based around William and his gang the Outlaws during the 2nd World War. My son's topic at school was WWII so it was fitting we read these together. He enjoyed the antics of the characters and over the course of the book a pattern emerged. William often ends up the hero because he's inadvertently done something good when it all looked like it was going terribly wrong. Of course, it is of its time. Girls aren't much fun, boys like a good fight, a lisp was something funny, its ok to call someone "fat face" and not mean the jumper they're wearing, and Health and Safety had not been invented so its ok for William to sit on an unexploded bomb. By the end, the outcomes were pretty predictable but as a slice of bygone life and humour, still a good read.
on 21 May 2012
My 8 year old daughter loved this, and with very few explanations, she understood the plots which particularly related to wartime Britain. Despite the fact that William is an (eternal) 11 year old, he seems to have a particular appeal to her age group. Perhaps this is because he represents an age of innocent rural pursuits, and his well-meaning but often misguided attempts to help others are too often misunderstood as being mischeivous. The beautifully crafted line drawings which illustrated the original books are faithfully reproduced on the Kindle version but it would be good if these could be made bigger (as the font size can be)n order to fully appreciate them. Overall a worthwhile purchase which produced some real out loud laughter in the reading.
on 1 October 2011
As usual, an excellent set of stories featuring William Brown, a real boy's boy. The stories are witty & full of laugh out loud moments as anyone would know who has listened to them on radio. This book has the additional interest of being set against a war background & evokes the 'feel' of that time - attitudes & ideas which are very different from today's.