The Wonderful O

The Wonderful O

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The delightful tale features two pirate adventurers, Black and Littlejack, who sail to the island of Ooroo in search of treasure. Upon their arrival, Black bans anything and everything to do with the letter "O, " and the people of the newly renamed island of R must try to live in utter chas and cnfusin.

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ISBN-13: 9781590070291
Publisher: New Millennium Entertainment
Publication date: 02/01/1902
Edition description: Abridged
Product dimensions: 4.56(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

James Thurber (1894–1961) was one of the outstanding American humorists and cartoonists of the twentieth century. Thurber wrote nearly forty books: collections of essays, short stories, fables, and children’s stories, including The 13 Clocks, which is published in The New York Review Children’s Collection. His other books for children include: Many Moons (1943), a Caldecott Honor Book; The Great Quillow (1944); and The White Deer (1945).

Marc Simont (1915-2013) illustrated nearly a hundred books. He won a Caldecott Honor in 1950 for illustrating Ruth Krauss’s The Happy Day, and in 1957 he was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his pictures in A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry. He is the illustrator for The New York Review Children’s Collection books The Backward Day and The 13 Clocks.

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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!