Uncle Cleans Up

Uncle Cleans Up

Hardback New York Review Children's Collection

By (author) J.P. Martin, Illustrated by Quentin Blake

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  • Publisher: NYRB Children's
  • Format: Hardback | 184 pages
  • Dimensions: 144mm x 216mm x 18mm | 380g
  • Publication date: 24 June 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1590172760
  • ISBN 13: 9781590172766
  • Illustrations note: B/W ILLUSTRATIONS
  • Sales rank: 153,646

Product description

It is a time of rejoicing at Homeward, the Labyrinthine castle-city that is as magical as Oz and as full of wonders as Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. Uncle, the wise, kind, generous, and fabulously rich elephant who rules over Homeward, has joined with his many friends to celebrate their triumph over the ruffians in neighboring Badfort. Still, there's plenty of cleaning up to do in Homeward: the waterworks are tainted with vinegar, housing is scarce, and the Dwarftown Railway is terribly overcrowded- meanwhile the Badfort crowd has devised its most diabolical plan yet. Uncle will need all the help he can get from his faithful assistant Old Monkey and from Goodman the literate cat-and possibly a wizard's spell-to get through this mess. Uncle Cleans Up displays the same subversive humor and ingenious plotting as its predecessor, Uncle, and serves as a no less delightful introduction to J.P. Martin's fantastic world.

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Author information

J. P. Martin (1880-1966) 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 is one of the best-known illustrators of our time, and his books with a wide range of authors, including Joan Aiken, Russell Hoban, Michael Rosen and Roald Dahl, have been treasured by generations of children throughout the world. In 1999 he became the first Children's Laureate. In 2005 he was awarded a CBE, and in 2013 he was knighted for services to illustration. Quentin lives in London.

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"A great comic masterpiece." -- Richard Ingrams, Oldie editor Oldie