32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
A refreshing classic,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Family from One End Street: And Some of Their Adventures (Puffin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
I bought this book after hearing the author Jacqueline Wilson recommend it on T.V., up till then I'd never heard of it. ( It was published in the 1930's, long before I was born). Let me tell you I'm so glad that I did! This book is excellent. I was intrigued by Ms Wilson's comments on how the book is about poor children with holes in their clothes, and it makes such a change to read about the adventures of a working class family rather than the usual more privileged children. It's not a dark kitchen sink drama either. This book is full of the charm and humour of what life can be like in a large family with not much money to go round. Even though it was written in the 1930's it has suprisingly modern language and turns of phrase, the only aspect of the book which gives away it's age is the freedom the children enjoy. Walking for miles by themselves, smuggling on to boats, been given lifts by strangers...a lot of it will make the modern reader gasp, and feel a bit sad that we live in a much more cautious age.
The Puffin classic edition is beautifully published with Eve Garnett's original charming illustrations,a gorgeous cover and red endpapers.
Lastly, I think that this book will appeal to both boys and girls,as the adventures are had by both. I loved reading this book!!