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Once On a Time [Illustrated] Kindle Edition
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I have read the book several times and to this day wonder why it is not exploited to the extent of Winnie the Pooh.
Oh my goodness. I thoroughly fell into the former category! The story is silly and whimsical, and while I probably wouldn't have liked it based off the plot alone, it's Milne's sparkling wit and wordplay that made me love it. Milne's delightful tongue-in-cheek sense of humor from the Poohbear books is on full display, but with added spice of satire and a hint of sarcasm. I underlined so many quotes that made me laugh out loud--something very few books can do (hat tip to James Herriott who tops that list).
Probably the best way I can review this book is simply to quote some of the lines I loved, so that is what I will do (even though I'm sure they are funnier in context). If you love Poohbear, by all means read this hilariously clever little fairy tale.
"In any trouble Belvane comforted herself by reading up her diary. She undid the enormous volume, and, idly turning the pages, read some of the more delightful extracts to herself. "Monday, June 1st," she read. "Became bad." She gave a sigh of resignation to the necessity of being bad. Roger Scurvilegs is of the opinion that she might have sighed a good many years before. According to him she was born bad. "Tuesday, June 2nd," she read on. "Realized in the privacy of my heart that I was destined to rule the country. Wednesday, June 3rd. Decided to oust the Princess. Thursday, June 4th. Began ousting."
"Wiggs looked puzzled. She had been dusting the books in the library; and when you dust books you simply must stop every now and then to take just one little peep inside, and then you look inside another one and another one, and by the time you have finished dusting, your head is so full of things you have seen that you have to be asked questions very slowly indeed."
"Woggs I find nearly as difficult to explain as Wiggs; it is a terrible thing for an author to have a lot of people running about his book, without any invitation from him at all."
"Be careful, woman; don't drive me too far. Beware lest you rouse the lion in me." "Where?" asked Belvane, with a child-like air. With a gesture full of dignity and good breeding Udo called attention to his tail. "That," said the Countess, "is not the part of the lion that I'm afraid of." For the moment Udo was nonplussed, but he soon recovered himself. 'Even supposing—just for the sake of argument—that I am a rabbit, I still have something up my sleeve; I'll come and eat your young carnations.'
This was more serious. Her dear garden in which she composed, ruined by the mastications—machinations—what was the word?—of an enemy! The thought was unbearable."