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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.
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.
|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|
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 ...More About J. P. Martin, Quentin Blake