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Uncle (Red Fox classics) Paperback – 1 Aug 2002

4.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New edition edition (1 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099438690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099438694
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,087,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A classic in the great English nonsense tradition" -- "Observer

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The hilariously funny text is matched by Quentin Blake's riotous illustrations. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found it in the library many years ago and found myself drawn completely into it. Never mind the snobbery and slighltly bullying manner of Uncle (an extremely rich elephant with a BA who wears a purple dressing-gown), the surreal imagery is fantastic. Uncle's generosity is touching, especially as regards the Badfort crew whom are invited in for Christmas and to use Uncle's swimming pool (with the best water-slide in the world!).
I searched for years for this in bookshops and was delighted to see it re-released last year. I recommend everyone to read this book at least once; the magic will stay with you.
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Format: Hardcover
As with another reviewer - Uncle was retrieved from the school library, became a firm family favourite and was subsequently introduced to younger siblings. By some strange twist of fate the full set of Uncle books - there are 6 (the original Uncle, Uncle Cleans Up, Uncle and His Detective, Uncle and the Treacle Trouble, Uncle and the Battle for Badgertown and Unbcle and Claudius the Camel)- was collated and found in corners of childrens bookshops by a devoted parent, over a matter of years and they are still prized possessions.

They are unimaginable without Quentin Blake's amazing illustrations, they are a goldmine and a treasure trove for young imaginations - and are every bit as brilliant as A.A. Milne or Trevor Elliston's Deep Wood. How someone hasn't set about republishing the set or creating an animation (hands off Disney - this would be a travesty if it was anything other than true to the original) beats me.

I do not know of any reader who once introduced to these beloved characters does not instantly devour them all. Buy them all - demand that these volumes are brought back to life- read them to your kids and so ensure that future generations will also love them. J.P.Martin's name should reside with the greats of C.S.Lewis and Kenneth Grahame.

Jonathan Cape managed to turn down Animal Farm - and then it let Uncle go out of print. How dippy can you get? Come on Random House - pull your finger out!
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was a hugh success with my eight year-old grandson. He had read it twice before I could send the sequel which he deemed somewhat inferior. It made him laugh out loud. I expect there will be more.
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Format: Hardcover
Yep, that's how highly I rate J P Martin's Uncle series. I recently revisited some childhood favourites, and while others disappointed, Rev. Martin's Uncle series surpassed my expectations, and I can't wait for the rest to be republished. Some weirdo is trying to buy every edition of every Uncle book, so us plebs have to hope that they get republished before he or she snaps them all up. (I can't blame him or her for the enthusiasm, but why deny the rest of the world the pleasure of reading these wonderful, playful, subversive yet very generous books?)
If you've enjoyed Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl or Viz comic, buy an Uncle book and be prepared to have a new favourite.
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Format: Paperback
Somehow the books always lead you to side with Uncle despite the fact that he is a major snob and rich bully. Up the Badfort Crowd - should be the refrain but in the end they're always kicked up and crushed.
Totally fabulous series of books, great and strange characters and a peculiar world not so different from our own.
Re-reading after thirty years and they are still totally engaging. Buy them for the kids and for yourself!!
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Yes, Uncle is elitist and there's a very clear class divide here in these stories, but the bottom line is that kids don't really think about that stuff (I certainly didn't when I read them as a child, and it's not like we were rich!) The story is wonderfully engaging, and the Quentin Blake illustrations are (as always) fantastic!

Highly recommended for kids around 7 and upwards, though I've read it to my younger children as well.
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