My Friend Mr. Leakey Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Aug 2004
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Mr Leakey is a practical magician. He can become invisible when he wants to, has a useful magic carpet for travelling and a small dragon who can grill fish by spitting fire. He's also very good at bewitching things!
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The whole tone of the writing is confiding and breezy, with the author taking the craziest things perfectly in stride- a very calm, English attitude, and the settings are slightly quaint-seeming now, but again, very English and of their time. It nails perfectly the knack of referring to things that may be over the readers head without confusing them, so although there are some allusions in there you might not understand until you're older, it never spoils the story. It's also very short, which is a shame, as to my knowledge it's the only fiction Mr Haldane ever wrote. A must-read, though.
Four stars only because publisher Jane Nissen (kudos, though) went with wispy Quentin Blake rather than the solid (that umbrella ferule!), mildly eccentric, charmingly sinister original (still gettable on line); this book's about MAGIC, not laughs. 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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I loved this book as a child and have just bought it for my own children. Hugely imaginative story that I still remember clearly over thirty years later.Published on 29 Dec. 2009 by CLK