Obscure Childhood favorites
Joe.Nankivell at ucd.ie
Tue Feb 11 09:51:46 EST 2003
On 11 Feb 2003, at 13:52, Rowland, Jennifer A B wrote:
> > Abigail:
> > >_Bottersnikes and Gumbles_, S.A. Wakefield
> Hallie wrote:
> > Are these among the more obscure or is it just me?
I have it somewhere in my loft if you want a loan...
> It can't be obscure, I've read it... it's a *lovely* book
It's definitely on my top five too. I remember weeping with laughter
as a nine-year-old. But rereading it a year or two ago had me
wondering about their biology: they all seem to be boys...
>Full of marvelous details. I must reread
> it. And are there sequels?
I've never been able to find them, but seemingly there are at least
three: _Gumbles in trouble_, _Gumbles on guard_ and _Gumbles
in Summer_. All out of print & last published in 1984 in the UK as
far as I can tell. Aussies might find more recent editions - but they
seem to be OP too.
_Grimble_ would also be on my list as well as Abigail's - and is
also OP, which is hard to account for since in an interview with
Amazon JK Rowling cited this as one of her 3 childhood favourites
and one of the funniest books she's ever read. You'd have thought
publishers would have jumped at the chance to get that in a blurb.
Neil Gaiman has a short riff on it in his blog:
which gives you a flavour.
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