The Wonderful O: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

The Wonderful O: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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The Wonderful O 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two pirates meet in a tavern one with a map, the other with a ship. Off they go to find the island called Ooroo and a hidden treasure. Once they arrive we find that one of them hates the letter "O" and while they take over the small island looking for the jewels they decide to forbid the existence of the letter 'O' in writing and speech by the inhabitants. This causes immense problems as one can imagine.On the top this is a silly little story with a lot of fun wordplay while underneath it is a story of the fight for freedom. A fun romp that children old enough to manipulate the removal of the 'O's in words will surely enjoy. The message underneath is clear enough and one roots for the islanders to rid themselves of these treasure-hungry dictatorial pirates. Marc Simont is not one of my favourite illustrators as he does get into doing some awfully dark blotchy shadowy paintings but fortunately they appear only a few times in this book. His sketches on the other hand have a delightful comic appeal to them and are completely entertaining. This is a classic children's book and I advise waiting till the child is old enough to read on his own as the wordplay looses its effect when read-aloud. Not Thurber's best children's book, as I can remember that would be Many Moons, but certainly a fun romp for the older kids by one of America's greatest humourists.
Danielle23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very riginal. Made me laugh many times thrughut althugh it really makes yu think abut that missing letter.D yu knw what is it yet?
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's been a few years since I read this book, but it's still one of my favorites. Kids will like it too, but it takes an adult to catch the clever puns and plays on words. It is a great book!