Book Review – A House Called Awful End by Philip Ardagh

Some of my favorite books have been those ostensibly written for children. This charming little story reminds me of some of the best. The prose style is reminiscent of A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh…) and the characters remind me of some of those created by Roald Dahl (James and the Giant Peach / Matilda / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory…) with a little Charles Dickens thrown into the names and the settings. If you think I mean that as high praise, you’re right.

The story is set in a fictional and sillier-than-real Victorian England where twelve-year-old Eddie Dickens, a little gentleman, is being sent off to live with his Mad Great Uncle Jack and even Madder Great Aunt Maud so that he will not catch the terrible disease his parents have contracted, which makes them yellow and crinkly around the edges, and although this is a very long sentence and possibly difficult to grasp all at once, it should also give you some idea of the flavor of this book, which I thoroughly enjoyed. And that’s all I think I’ll say about the book because it’s short, so the review should be as well.

I’d like to thank my Twitter friend Rowan for recommending this. I enjoyed it and I, too, recommend it.

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A reader and writer of speculative fiction. See my website for more information on me and my writing.

Posted on August 4, 2012, in 5 Star Reviews, Book Reviews, Young Adult and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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