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Uncle

Written by J. P. Martin, Quentin Blake

Uncle Synopsis

Uncle is a millionaire elephant who has a B.A. and wears a purple dressing gown. He lives in a labyrinth of skyscrapers connected by water chutes, lifts and railways, and littered with oil lakes, walls of sweets and towers of treacle. He and his followers amuse themselves by exploring his home and falling into adventures with its inhabitants, a collection of lunatics, dwarfs and ghosts. Uncle also frequently fights with the inhabitants of neighbouring Badfort, among them the repulsive Jellytussles (a quivering blob) and the cowardly Hitmouse.

The Good Book Guide Review

Like Toad (of Toad Hall) Uncle is a preposterous and lovable character - an elephant in a purple dressing-gown who is landlord to thousands of dwarfs who live in cubby-holes at the top of his property. Uncle's followers are as lively and eccentric as he is; but they have enemies, the Badfort Crowd who are mean-minded and have names like Hateman, Flabskin, Hitmouse and Jelly Tussle. The stories are about the progressive (and never quite resolved) battle in one-upmanship between Uncle's followers and the Badforts; both are practical jokers.

Uncle Press Reviews

A riot of nonsense and adventure, may well become a classic in the great English nonsense tradition * Observer * Joyously surreal, set in landscapes full of toffee, deferential choirs of badgers, heavenly water-slides and velvet chairs . . . Their pachydermous protagonist governs a benevolent plutocracy- but the books' great joy is the frequent sly and subtle lampooning of his capitalist pomp * Guardian * Joyously surreal, set in landscapes full of toffee, deferential choirs of badgers, heavenly water-slides and velvet chairs . . . Their pachydermous protagonist governs a benevolent plutocracy- but the books' great joy is the frequent sly and subtle lampooning of his capitalist pomp * Guardian * The books are very funny, installing a large cast of unlikely characters . . . in a world of mildly squiffy logic . . . And the illustrations are among Quentin Blake's best work, scrawls and splotches that finally and unarguably distil character. But most important, this is political satire of a high order - Animal Farm for pre-teens, but wittier and more relevant to our own world * Independent * If there was ever a children's series generating fanatical, cult adoration, this is it. And deservedly so. * Guardian *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782950066
Publication date: 31st August 2013
Author: J. P. Martin, Quentin Blake
Publisher: Red Fox Classics an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 208 pages

About J. P. Martin, Quentin Blake

J. P. Martin (Author) J.P.Martin was born in Scarborough in 1879. He became a Methodist minister in 1902 and served as a missionary in South Africa and as an army chaplain in Palestine in 1918 at the time when Allenby and T.E. Lawrence overwhelmed the Turks. J.P.Martin and his wife Nancy moved circuits every three years and worked among miners and slum dwellers, as well as among the comfortably off. He started telling the Uncle stories before the First World War and in 1934 the writers Stella Martin and R.N Currey urged him to write them down; it ...

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