Written by Richmal Crompton
Illustrated by Thomas Henry
Part of the Just William Series Series
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When Aunt Lucy tells William that 'a busy day is a happy day', William does his best to keep himself very busy indeed. Unfortunately, not everyone appreciates his efforts to cheer up Christmas Day - and when a conjuring trick with an egg goes very badly wrong, William finds himself in more trouble than ever!
A Piece of Passion from the Editorial Director, Gaby Morgan - "I love William Brown, Richmal Crompton’s scruffy, incorrigible hero. I want to join his gang, the Outlaws, and roam about with Ginger, Henry and Douglas. He is very, very funny, and ninety-six years after his first appearance William is still delighting fans with his well-meant plans that always go awry, and his endless optimism. If William wants something he will find a way to make it happen and when things go wrong, as they always do, he will think of a way, however unconventional, of ‘sorting it out’. I am reassured and comforted by his long-suffering family. His forgiving mother and unimpressed father; his glamorous sister, Ethel, forever being courted by suitors; his uptight brother; his excellent dog, Jumble, and an endless supply of cousins and aunts. He has come to symbolize a particular vision of childhood – a scruffy, confident boy who spends his time outside planning and playing, leaving a trail of chaos and mayhem in his wake."
Martin Jarvis says ‘This is one of the funniest books I’ve read. When I was recording it for the BBC Audio a few years ago there were tims when I could hardly keep going, simply because of the situations in which Williams gets embroiled and the brilliant hilarity of Richmal Crompton’s writing. I’d be hooting with laughter, then just when I thought I’d regained some semblance of professional control, I’d glance up from the microphone, only to see the studio engineer and my co-producer doubled up with mirth on the other side of the glass... which set me off once more. Exquisite agony! The Harry Potter of the ‘20s’
'Sue Townsend learned to read with Just William: I learned to read during the three weeks I was away from school with a spectacular case of mumps. (Mumps were mumps in the 1950s.) My mother went to a rummage sale and came back with a pile of William books written by Richmal Crompton, a person I assumed to be a man. I looked at the illustrations and laughed, then I tried to read the captions underneath these delightful scratchy drawings. My mother helped me out, and slowly and mysteriously the black squiggles turned into words which turned into sentences, which turned into stories. I could read. There should have been a 100-gun salute. The Red Arrows should have flown overhead. The night sky should have blazed with fireworks. I joined the library thirsting after more William books. I read one a day and then two a day,then I ran out and fumbled along the library shelves pulling out books at random. Nothing was ever as good as William, but the die was cast, I was addicted to print.' The Guardian
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More William by Richmal Crompton
Now with a brand-new cover look illustrated by Rebecca Cobb, these fourteen fantastic Just William stories in More William are as funny as ever. There is only one William. This tousle-headed, snub-nosed, hearty, loveable imp of mischief has been harassing his unfortunate family and delighting his hundreds of thousands of admirers since 1922.
This is one of 5 new editions in the Just William series.
Gaby Morgan, Editorial Director at Macmillan Children's, said: "We are immensely proud of our heritage at Macmillan and one of the jewels in our crown is Richmal Crompton's incorrigible hero, William Brown... We know that William has a lot of fans and are so delighted that 14 fabulous illustrators have agreed to create their vision of 'William' for us. They are all gorgeous and different but each captures the irrepressible spirit of Richmal Crompton's timeless hero."
The editions will retain the original b/w line illustrations by Thomas Henry and Henry Ford.
‘This is one of the funniest books I’ve read. When I was recording it for the BBC Audio a few years ago there were tims when I could hardly keep going, simply because of the situations in which Williams gets embroiled and the brilliant hilarity of Richmal Crompton’s writing. I’d be hooting with laughter, then just when I thought I’d regained some semblance of professional control, I’d glance up from the microphone, only to see the studio engineer and my co-producer doubled up with mirth on the other side of the glass... which set me off once more. Exquisite agony! The Harry Potter of the ‘20s’ Martin Jarvis
‘Today William would probably be put into therapy and made the subject of a documentary. Except, of course, William always got away with it. Despite the trail of chaos and anarchy he leaves behind, he always ends up as the only thing that any boy has ever wanted to be. A hero.’ - Charlie Higson
‘William’s world might not be familiar, but William certainly will be. He is that scruffy boy with the screwed up face and with his own logic, who pedantically questions every rule and sets out to break most of them.’ - Sue Townsend
‘Get ready to laugh until you think your boots will never dry. And on a more practical level, learn new ways to annoy people’ - Louise Rennison
‘Probably the funniest, toughest children’s books ever written’ Sunday Times
'Richmal Crompton’s creation has been famed for his cavalier attitude to life and those who would seek to circumscribe his enjoyment of it ever since he first appeared’ - The Guardian
About the Author
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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
13th August 2015
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