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Other titles in the New York Review Children's Collection series:
Uncle (New York Review Children's Collection)by J. P. Martin
Synopses & Reviews
The New York Review Children's Collection began in 2003 in an attempt to reward readers who have long wished for the return of their favorite children’s titles and to introduce those books to a new generation. The line publishes picture books for preschoolers through to chapter books and novels for older children. Praised for their elegant design and sturdy bindings, these books set a new standard for the definition of a "classic."
Among the 52 titles included in this collection you will find Esther Averill's time-honored Jenny and the Cat Club series; several titles by the award-winning team of Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire, including their Book of Norse Myths and Book of Animals; James Thurber's The Thirteen Clocks and The Wonderful O, both with illustrations by Marc Simont; Daniel Pinkwater’s weird and wacky Lizard Music; Alison Uttley’s time-travel classic A Traveller in Time; and Palmer Brown’s intricately illustrated books Beyond the Pawpaw Trees and holiday favorite Something for Christmas.
The New York Review Children's Collection brings time-tested children's and young adult literature to your bookshelf in sturdy, well-crafted hardback editions designed to last for generations. The covers feature a unified series design by award-winning designer Louise Fili and all interior materials are carefully selected to reflect the period of original publication. Each book has a three-piece, paper-over-board cover, cloth spine, and coordinating head- and foot-bands. All text is printed on acid-free paper stock and many titles include original endpapers, line art, and full-color illustrations.
This collection includes one each of the following titles:
Jenny and the Cat Club by Esther Averill
The Little Bookroom by Eleanor Farjeon
The Island of Horses by Eilis Dillon
The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay
Mistress Masham's Repose by T.H. White
The Wind on the Moon by Eric Linklater
Carbonel: The King of the Cats by Barbara Sleigh
An Episode of Sparrows by Rumer Godden
D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
Jenny Goes to Sea by Esther Averill
Jenny's Birthday Book by Esther Averill
The Bear and the People by Reiner Zimnik
Jenny's Moonlight Adventure by Esther Averill
The School for Cats by Esther Averill
Captains of the City Streets by Esther Averill
The Hotel Cat by Esther Averill
Wee Gillis by Munro Leaf, Illustrations by Robert Lawson
The House of Arden by E. Nesbit
The Lost Island by Eilis Dillon
D'Aulaires' Book of Trolls by Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
The Peterkin Papers by Lucretia P. Hale
Bel Ria by Sheila Burnford
Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer
Pecos Bill by James Cloyd Bowman, Illustrations by Laura Bannon
D'Aulaires' Book of Animals by Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
Uncle by J. P. Martin, Illustrations by Quentin Blake
The Backward Day by Ruth Krauss, Illustrations by Marc Simont
The Two Cars by Ingri & Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
The Terrible Troll-Bird by Ingri d'Aulaire Edgar d'Aulaire
The Box of Delights by John Masefield
Foxie, The Singing Dog by Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
Uncle Cleans Up by J. P. Martin
The 13 Clocks by James Thurber, Illustrations by Marc Simont
The Midnight Folk by John Masefield
Too Big by Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
The Wonderful O by James Thurber, Illustrations by Marc Simont
The Mousewife by Rumer Godden, Illustrations by William Pene Du Bois
The Kingdom of Carbonel by Barbara Sleigh
Ounce Dice Trice by Alastair Reid, Illustrations by Ben Shahn
The Bear That Wasn’t by Frank Tashlin
Beyond the Pawpaw Trees by Palmer Brown
Carbonel and Calidor by Barbara Sleigh, Illustrations by Charles Front
Lizard Music by Daniel Pinkwater
The Man Who Lost His Head by Claire Hutchet Bishop, Illustrations by Robert McCloskey
Mud Pies and Other Recipes by Marjorie Winslow, Illustrations by Erik Blegvad
The Rescuers by Margary Sharp, Illustrations by Garth Williams
Something for Christmas by Palmer Brown
Sorely Trying Day by Russell Hoban, Illustrated by Lillian Hoban
Supposing…by Alistair Reid, Illustrations by Bob Gill
Terrible, Horrible Edie by E.C. Spykman
Three Ladies by the Sea by Rhoda Levine, Illustrations by Edward Gorey
A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley
If you think Babar is the only storybook elephant with a cult following, then you havent met Uncle, the presiding pachyderm of a wild fictional universe that has been collecting accolades from children and adults for going on fifty years. Unimaginably rich, invariably swathed in a magnificent purple dressing-gown, Uncle oversees a vast ramshackle castle full of friendly kooks while struggling to fend off the sneak attacks of the incorrigible (and ridiculous) Badfort Crowd. Each Uncle story introduces a new character from Uncles madcap world: Signor Guzman, careless keeper of the oil lakes; Noddy Ninety, an elderly train conductor and the oldest student of Dr. Lyres Select School for Young Gentlemen; the proprietors of Cheapmans Store (where motorbikes are a halfpenny each) and Dearmans Store (where the price of an old milk jug goes up daily); along with many others. But for every delightful friend of Uncle, there is a foe who is no less deliriously wicked. Luckily the misbegotten schemes of the Badfort Crowd are no match for Uncles superior wits.
Quentin Blakes quirky illustrations are the perfect complement to J.P. Martins stories, each one of a perfect length for bedtime reading. Lovers of Roald Dahl and William Steig will rejoice in Uncles wonderfully bizarre and happy world, where the good guys always come out on top, and once a year, everybody, good and bad, sits down together for an enormous Christmas feast.
If you think Babar is the only fictional elephant with a cult following, then you haven't met Uncle. This filthy-rich, purple-dressing-gown-clad elephant divides his time between visiting the denizens of the towers and caverns of his estate and fending off the evil plots of his arch rivals, the Badfort Crowd. Each bedtime-reading-length chapter of Uncle introduces children to another delightful inhabitant of Uncle's world: Signor Guzman, keeper of the oil lakes, who is forever tossing discarded matches into the nearby pools; the proprietors of Cheapman's Store (where motorbikes are a half-penny each) and Dearman's Shop (where the price of an old milk jug goes up daily); and many others.
For every friend of Uncle, there is a foe who is as deliciously evil as he is hapless. Luckily the elaborately misconceived schemes cooked up by the Badfort Crowd are no match for Uncle's superior wits.
Quentin Blake's quirky illustrations are the perfect complement to the whole madcap alternate world that J.P. Martin conjures up, a wonderfully happy one where the good guys always come out on top, and once a year, everybody, bad and good, settles down together for an enormous Christmas Dinner.
About the Author
J. P. Martin (1880-1966) was born in Scarborough in 1880. He was the son and grandson of Methodist ministers, and entered the ministry in 1902. He served as an Army chaplain in the First World War in Palestine. His published his Uncle stories at the urging of his children, for whom he created. After the last war, he moved to the village of Timberscombe in Somerset, where he served in the small chapel. Six Uncle books were published in the series, the last in 1973, seven years after his death.
Quentin Blake (1932-- ) is one of Britain's best-loved and most successful illustrators and children's authors. He has illustrated nearly 300 books. He has also illustrated classic books for adults, and created his own characters such as Mister Magnolia and Mrs Armitage. He taught at the Royal College of Art, where he was head of the Illustration Department from 1978 to 1986. He has won many awards and prizes, and was made an CBE in 2005. He as appointed the first Children's Laureate in 1999.
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