7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Surreal and wildly entertaining,
This review is from: The Spider's Palace (Puffin Books) (Paperback)
I loved these stories as a child and was so happy to find a copy for my children, my aging Puffin having long since disintegrated. This is a work of real originality. At their best the stories are wildly entertaining, their content absurd and even surreal.
Who could resist the story of The King's Legs inn (started in competition with the King's Arms and the Kings Head). Or the child who travels down the telephone wires to visit her friends and the bizarre consequences of her dialing a wrong number. Or "The China Spaniel" in which the whole world ends up chanting "Pink and green silver paper toffee paper" (beware of reading this one at bed time!)
I was pleased to find that my children don't seem to find them dated and are as amused by them as I was. They even remember bits and quote them to each other and their friends.
There are one or two stories, "As they were driving" is perhaps the most obvious example, where the absurdity is so extreme that the appeal is lost, so it's probably wise to choose carefully where you start.
However on the whole this remains an excellent and truly original collection