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Down With Skool!: a Guide to School Life for Tiny Pupils and Their Parents Unknown Binding – Illustrated, 1953

4.6 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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  • Unknown Binding: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Parrish (1953)
  • ASIN: B001AGMOJS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Ronald Searle was one of Britain's best-loved cartoonists, and Geoffrey Willans (if I remember correctly) a former teacher. If there is such a thing as a genius, then Willans and Searle together were one.

The Molesworth books purport to be instructional manuals by an English public schoolboy named Nigel Molesworth, about how to survive the school experience. From the day the first was published in 1953, they became a wild success, especially with schoolchildren. They are still in print and still eminently applicable (which says something both about the quality of the books, and about the nature of the British school system, which even at that point hadn't changed much in 400 years).

The wild misspelling that permeates them caused hysteria among parents, and their removal from many school libraries (the books, not the parents). Nevertheless, many phrases from them have since gone into the English lexicon, particularly "enuff said" and "as any fule kno".

The quartet consists of:

Down with Skool
How to be Topp
Whizz for Atomms
Back in the Jug Agane

and an omnibus edition,

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I read the complete series of books when I was in the first year of grammar school, we had a book club and could buy one book a month, these and the Horror Stories Collections by Herbert Van Thall were my favourites! I don't know what happened to all my books, I think my mum threw them all out when I left home to get married. Thanks mum.
Anyway I had a free £3 Amazon book credit so I bought this, I was surprised how familiar it was almost 50 years later! Not the same as reading it as an 11 year old obviously and a lot shorter than I remember, but a good blast from the past. I think a lot of us schoolboys in the first years of secondary school in the 60's could identify with Molesworth, school back then seemed full of bullies, 6th formers trying to grow moustaches, sporty show-offs and sadistic teachers who were always ready to get out the cane, slipper (old tennis shoe) or just give you a slap across the face. Great days. I think reading Molesworth kept me reasonably sane.
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I have bought this for the son of a friend who is obsessed with cartoons. This book's greatness is undimmed by time and I recommend it to anyone who has a sense of humour or has been to school.
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A friend recommended this book to me and I have to say I found it really funny. I think, in all honesty, that this is more of a boy's read but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The book focuses on the naughty school boy, Nigel Molesworth and his observations on school life. There were parts of this book that had me laughing out loud, especially the one liners that just tickled my fancy.If you like school boy humour you'll love this!
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I first read this when at school many years ago and I was moved to revisit it again after many years as cynical old teacher. Those of us who loved the old innocent japes of long ago but have had to tolerate the modern education system with ridiculous targets and senior management teams who can neither spell nor construct a sentence, can hark back to the days of Latin and sago pudding, whilst modern youth can laugh at the still funny pen pictures of Masters and boys in an educational idyll.
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I read this about forty years ago and had forgotten how good it was. I'm not sure if the current younger generation who are unfamiliar with the old fashioned boarding school system will get it, but it still made me laugh.
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As any fule know this is the best book about how horrid skool is and it tells the truth innit so that parents won't send their kids to skool no more. I hope. Smiley face.
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a classic... for anyone who went to a traditional school this will reawaken many fond (and not so fond) memories... thank you to the author...
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