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Uncle Hardcover – Jul 10 2007

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: NYR Children's Collection (July 10 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590172396
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590172391
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 14.6 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #371,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eric A Weder on Feb. 3 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a children's book that has withstood the test of time. I first read Uncle around age 10. Forty years later it is still a little piece of magic.
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This is my all-time-ever favourite book. I first read it over thirty years ago...and I still read it once a year or so. If I was in solitary confinement and allowed only one book...this would be it. This is a book to spark true flights of imagination in children. This is a book like no other I have ever read before or since. Alice in Wonderland doesn't even come close! It's quirky, fantastic, incredible! What kid wouldn't want to live in a 99 story tower with a slide to the bottom? What kid wouldn't want to play in a huge swimming pool with floating banquet tables and fountains and slides in the shape of animals. What kid wouldn't want to trampoline between houses, what kid wouldn't want automatic walking boots or a devoted monkey for a servant and friend...and the list goes on.
I wish I had written this book...but at least I've read it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Bliss and Kool-vat April 13 2009
By Iwao - Published on
Format: Hardcover
J.P.Martin's 'Uncle' books are riotously imaginative and hilarious fun. The characters are indelibly imprinted on my memory from reading them as a child in the 1970s - I still have three paperback copies of the first three books, falling apart from too much reading. The invention is remarkable - a seemingly endless series of eccentric characters parades through the books, engaging in one escapade after another, before settling down with all sorts of invented foods and beverages (which I would have loved to have been able to sample - had 'Uncle' product placement been around, I would have been a sucker for it). Good invariably triumphs (in the end) over the shabby, violent, and vulgar denizens of 'Badfort', yet not without being subtly undercut at the same time. For lovers of imaginative whimsy from 5 to 105. Oh, and the Quentin Blake illustrations are brilliant. Pure bliss. Buy and read!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Splendid March 8 2009
By Graham S. Exton - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The Uncle series comprises the best kids' books for adults you're likely to encounter. Episodic, stuffed with barmy characters parodying all sorts, the stories would be perfect for the old Magic Roundabout slot on the BBC, yet Auntie Beeb isn't interested.
I hope the rest of the books (there are 6 all together) will be reprinted, as the original 60's editions are impossible to find.
Uncle has a lot of famous fans, and deserves the same kind of attention that Roald Dahl's characters have enjoyed.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
bring back uncle!!!! Aug. 15 2007
By K. Hutchings - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Fantastic book, well made and bound and a old book shop look. I loved uncle when i was young my favorite was Uncle and the treacle trouble and im hoping they will bring this out in the same format. Uncle is a great book for children and adults to read and the illustrations by quentin blake are excellent - if you like uncle you'll love walter moers!

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