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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the same magic, 16 April 2012
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This review is from: My Friend Mr. Leakey (Paperback)
I'm another in the band of Leakevists. What really impressed me, growing up (this is a book that, like ALL the best children's books, you never actually grow out of) is, reading the Puffin blurb, that he was a Communist - that and his underwater wartime experiments. Then there's the interplay between a bemused narrator who both is and is not the author himself (dizzying!) and an affable protagonist both airily and confidentially superior who must surely reflect more of the real Professor - both incontestably adults, giving one what felt like a warped and privileged window into the adult world - plus the factoid, duly stored away, that mangoes may only be eaten in the bath

Four stars only because publisher Jane Nissen (kudos, though) went with wispy insubstantial Quentin Blake rather than the solid (that umbrella ferule!), mildly eccentric, charmingly sinister original (still gettable on line). Branestawm was luckier - but he did start out with Heath Robinson (in the 1st book at least). I don't think there's a QB book I like, and he's done hundreds. OK, Mr Magnolia. Not for the pics, tho' - bland, bland, bland. Me, I'm more of a Hale, Hughes, Bayley (La Corona and the Tin Frog? killer!), Oxenbury, Ahlberg kinda guy
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