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Awful End Paperback – Illustrated, 4 Sep 2003

4.3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (4 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057120354X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571203543
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Age range: 8-11

When Eddie's parents are struck down by a strange disease that turns them a rather peculiar shade of yellow, it is decided that he should go and stay with Mad Uncle Jack and Even-Madder Aunt Maud at Awful End.

Philip Ardagh's supremely daft and extremely funny novel is set in a terribly smelly 19th century world that children will love. Ardagh captures the stench and stealth of the times, turning what could have been a straightforward adventure story into a delightfully pungent, utterly ridiculous but unbelievably gripping adventure story.--Susan Harrison

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AWFUL END has received rave reviews. Here are a few extracts:

"A delicious slice of the ridiculous. A real find." Tara Stephenson, THE BOOKSELLER

"With a wildly funny imagination that positively fizzes, Ardagh piles on the laughs. This is completely barking and I love it." Alison Davison, BIRMINGHAM POST

"Like Roddy Doyle, Philip Ardagh plays with narrative to hilarious effect." Jennifer Taylor, THE CHILDREN'S BOOKSELLER

"Stimulating, original and exceptionally funny." Heaher Walmsley, SCHOOLSNET

"The author's breezy interjections and the characters' endearing habits make it a delightful and entertaining read." TIME OUT

"Eccentric, anarchic and engagingly written, this is a guaranteed winner." Lindsey Fraser, GUARDIAN

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My dad bought it for my brother but I got a hold of it first and it was so brilliant that he read it next so my brother has not got his hands on it yet. It is very very very funny and exciting and is one of the best books I have ever read. I read it in two days it was so good. I cannot wait until the next adventure.
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When Eddies parents catch a virus which makes them yellow, crinkly around the edges, and smelling of hot water bottles, he is sent to live with his Mad Uncle Jack and Even-Madder Aunt Maud in Awful End. His journey to get there is easier said than done. Especially travelling with Uncle Jack and Aunt Maud.
His advice from his Mother - don't get mistaken for a run-away orphan and get taken back to the orphanage seems silly at the time, but it doesn't when it actually happens.
I got this book twice at Christmas, as it was recommended so much.
I think that this book is for people of around my age (11-12).
It was a quick read, but a very enjoyable, and funny one. After having read this book, I now want to read the next one.
I think that it was a little bit over-rated, but still scored 8/10.
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By A Customer on 9 Sept. 2000
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I haven't read anything as funny as Awful End for a very long time. I couldn't put this book down - and it wasn't because of chewing gum stuck to the cover! The adventures of Eddie Dickens are gripping and side-splitting right from the first page. If you have read any of Philip Ardagh's other books (the Get A Life series, for example) you'll know he is a past master at telling you facts in an interesting and amusing way. In this book his talent is given free rein in a work of fiction - to hilarious effect. A roller-coaster ride of a book that will keep you laughing right to the end!
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I love Harry Potters adventures. I have read them all. I also like Eddie Dickens' adventure in Awful End. Unlike JK Rowling, Philip Ardagh plays around with the way he tells the story as well as giving us the story itself. I like that because he is very funny. This book is FANTASTIC! I hope he writes more Eddie Dickens adventures soon.
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By A Customer on 17 Oct. 2000
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I really enjoyed reading this book with my son - we could not stop laughing! Ardagh is a brilliant writer with an off-the-wall sense of humour that will keep you in stitches. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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Forgive the five stars, which always look to me like over-excited hyperbole, but Awful End really is one of the funniest things I've ever read. Endlessly inspired and random, the tale of poor befuddled Eddie's journey from his home to Awful End is full of bizarre, hilarious goings-on.
True, it's only 130ish pages long, and I read it in one sitting - but it's the kind of explosion of wit that demands re-reading. The characters are all completely mad and you accept it going in, and Ardagh's narrative voice, slightly reminiscent of Lemony Snicket, is weirdly informative but never patronising (which is where he differs from Snicket; he's better!).
It's a work of genius or a mess of lunacy, depending on your disposition, but it's undeniably hilarious either way. VERY highly recommended.
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By A Customer on 8 Dec. 2001
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The nearest thing to AWFUL END is Lemony Snicket and he should give up and go home. AWFUL END rules! AWFUL END is way out and funny when Lemony Snicket is just patchy and much more babyish. Lemony Snicket is for kids. AWFUL END is the real thing. My whole family thinks AWFUL END is great. I am getting DREADFUL ACTS for Christmas.
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By A Customer on 31 Dec. 2000
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I think if I was twelve I would probably love this book and give it five stars. As it is, I'm not and I didn't find it very funny. Some bits were quite amusing, but too derivative of Monty Python for me. I also got increasingly annoyed with the constant stream of 'fascinating facts' that the author would bung down our throats every five seconds. Either write a novel and incorporate the factual elements with more subtlety or write a comic novel, but this is an uncomfortable hybrid of the two.
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