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Otterbury Incident (New Windmills) Hardcover – December 31, 1950

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Product Details

  • Series: New Windmills
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann Educational Publishers (December 31, 1950)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0435120018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0435120016
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I first read The Otterbury Incident decades ago when I was a kid. Yesterday, I encountered my old copy sitting on the shelves in the library at my folks' house. Intrigued by a dim memory of a pleasing story, I pulled it out and read it at one fell swoop. A great many books do not stand the test of time from childhood to adulthood. Sometimes this is due to the fact that we adults grow stupider and stupider with the passing years. Sometimes it's simply because the book is poorly written. The Otterbury Incident, however, admirably holds up. This is not just a good book. It's an excellent book.

A drily humorous book, the Incident tells the story of a group of schoolchildren in a post-war English town who decided to deal with a gang of criminals on their own, reasoning that adults would just muck up the proceedings. The writer, C. Day Lewis, has an elegant and understated way with words, which is understandable, seeing that he was a professor of poetry at Oxford.

In this era of ebooks, The Otterbury Incident is a book that should be owned in hard copy. Your children will enjoy it and adults, if not too thick-witted, will enjoy it as well. Edward Ardizzone's illustrations are a lovely addition with their spare, black ink expressiveness.

By the way, this easily deserves five stars. If you are concerned about the fact that my reviews are generally only four or five stars, thinking me too much of a pushover, think again. I like very few of the books that I encounter. I do not review those, choosing only to review standouts.
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I discovered this book recently through the recommendation of a friend, and I wish I had known about when my boys were young. My daughter (age 22) and I just finished reading it—it’s a fast-paced tale about the adventures of a group of post WWII English school boys who start out to raise money to pay for a broken window and end up as detectives uncovering a crime. It is written from the viewpoint of a vehement little boy, with a little boy code of honor and loyalties, as well as little boy revulsions. We thoroughly enjoyed it, and I purchased a used copy on amazon to keep for my grandchildren (who are not on the horizon by any stretch of the imagination!). In my mind, it meets C.S. Lewis’ standard for a good children’s book that it be a worthy read for adults also. It is a fun read and it might be just the book for some of the reluctant readers among our sons.
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By A Customer on June 7, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Is this one of the great children's books of all time? It's certainly a contender. How many stories can centre upon 'children solve the mystery' while remaining at all times credible to even the most critical teenager? Even now, most teenagers will recognise the range of different personalities which make up any successful gang. Ted, Toppy and the others truly give a masterclass in ingenuity; C Day Lewis a masterclass in writing for the young and adventurous.
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