Friday, 23 January 2009

Review – James THURBER – “The Wonderful O”

Publ: 1957
My own book
ISBN: 0 440 40579 3
Genre: Children’s humour
Pages: 72p
Recommended by a blog (but cannot recall which)
Rating: *****

It’s about time I once again acknowledged the fact that I pinched this series of headings to assist in my reviewing process from Bookfoolery and Babble.

What led you to pick up this book?
See my posting about getting this book.

Describe the plot without giving anything away
The Wonderful O is a modern American classic – an allegory on love, valour and freedom. A man with a map and a man with a ship arrived on an Island. The island was called Ooroo but unfortunately the invaders hated the letter O. So they ‘rdained that all the ‘O’s be banned from the island (and the language. Althugh the islanders were a gentle peple they eventually resisted....

What did you think of the characters?
Fun characters, drawn with Thurber’s usual humour. Disappointingly the illustrations are not by Thurber though they are well done.

What did you think about the style?
It was fine at first but after a while the disappearing ‘O’s caused prblems. I would either lve r hate t read it t a child.... I’m nt sure which!

What did you like most about the book?
The concept – oops, cncept.

Was there anything you didn't like about the book?
Yes, it went on too long. What began as fun became a bit over the top.

Thoughts on the book jacket / cover.
The cover and illustrations – by Marc Simont were super.

Would I recommend it?
No. Too much like hard work.

JAMES THURBER (1894-1961) is one of the most distinguished Amrican writers of the twentieth century. He inhabited a world of his own in which cartoons, funny memories, fables, reports, satire and fantasy and sketches could all be found.

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