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A House Called Awful End (Eddie Dickens Trilogy Series #1)
     

A House Called Awful End (Eddie Dickens Trilogy Series #1)

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by Philip Ardagh, Martin Rayner (Read by)
 

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The first book in a hilarious, action-packed trilogy.

When both Eddie Dickens's parents catch a disease that makes them turn yellow, go a bit crinkly around the edges, and smell of hot water bottles, it's agreed he should go and stay with relatives at their house, Awful End. Unfortunately for Eddie, those relatives are Mad Uncle Jack and Even-Madder Aunt

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The first book in a hilarious, action-packed trilogy.

When both Eddie Dickens's parents catch a disease that makes them turn yellow, go a bit crinkly around the edges, and smell of hot water bottles, it's agreed he should go and stay with relatives at their house, Awful End. Unfortunately for Eddie, those relatives are Mad Uncle Jack and Even-Madder Aunt Maud. . . .

This hilarious historical spoof, the first in the Eddie Dickens trilogy, has been called "a scrumptious cross between Dickens and Monty Python."

Philip Ardagh is over 6 feet 7 inches tall with a big bushy beard. Not only is he very large and very hairy, but he has also written around sixty children's books for all ages, though nothing quite like A House Called Awful End . . . until now. Currently living as a full-time writer with a wife and two cats in a seaside town somewhere in England, he has been — among other things — an advertising copywriter, a hospital cleaner, a (highly unqualified) librarian, and a reader for the blind.

David Roberts is so busy drawing pictures that no one is really sure what he looks like. We do know that he has illustrated several books for children and lives somewhere in England, but whether his home is near the sea or not is anybody's guess.

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Already hailed as a "cross between Dickens and Monty Python," Philip Ardagh's first book in the Eddie Dickens Trilogy is a zany introduction to an ordinary little boy with a completely kooky family. After Eddie's ailing mother and father "turn yellow, go a bit crinkly around the edges, and smell of old hot-water bottles," they call on Mad Uncle Jack (who happens to be standing in the wardrobe) to take Eddie to his home, Awful End. Along the way, Eddie meets his Mad Aunt Maud, who refers to her stuffed stoat, Sally, as Malcolm; strange characters like masked actor Mr. Pumblesnoot; and stop at a coaching inn called The Coaching Inn. Unfortunately, Eddie spends some time in St. Horrid's Home for Grateful Orphans, too, and his marvelously topsy-turvy journey ends when his parents' home burns down, they all move into Awful End, and Mad Aunt Maud dies "at the ripe old age of 126." With a madcap story line that will keep readers in stitches and David Roberts's illustrations adding hilarious extra touches, A House Called Awful End will leave readers anxious for more of poor Eddie's mixed-up adventures. Matt Warner

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807218877
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Series:
Eddie Dickens Trilogy Series , #1
Age Range:
9 Years

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"Edmund," said Mr. Dickens, "you are to go with my uncle and live with him until your dear, sweet mother and I" — he paused and kissed Mrs. Dickens on the part of her face that was the least yellow and the least crinkly at the edges (a small section just behind her left ear) — "are well again. You must never wear anything green in his presence, you must always drink at least five glasses of lukewarm water a day, and you must always do as he says. Is that clear?"

"Yes, Father," said Eddie

"And, Jonathan," added his mother, for Jonathan was the pet name she called Eddie when she couldn't remember his real one.

"Yes, Mother?"

"Do be careful to make sure that you're not mistaken for a runaway orphan and taken to the orphanage, where you will then suffer cruelty, hardship, and misery."

"Don't worry, Mother. That'll never happen," said Eddie Dickens, dismissing the idea as ridiculous.

If only he'd listened.

Meet the Author

Philip Ardagh is over 6 feet 7 inches tall with a big bushy beard. Not only is he very large and very hairy, but he has also written around sixty children's books for all ages, though nothing quite like A House Called Awful End . . . until now. Currently living as a full-time writer with a wife and two cats in a seaside town somewhere in England, he has been—among other things—an advertising copywriter, a hospital cleaner, a (highly unqualified) librarian, and a reader for the blind.

David Roberts is so busy drawing pictures that no one is really sure what he looks like. We do know that he has illustrated several books for children and lives somewhere in England, but whether his home is near the sea or not is anybody's guess.

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A House Called Awful End (Eddie Dickens Trilogy Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
mcmc1 More than 1 year ago
A house called awful end.you should read this book if you are in to hilarios and exiteing books.a kid name eddie dickens parents got sick so he had to go to his aunt and uncles house. my favorite part is when he goes to his aunt and uncles house becuase it pust exitment in the book.i think a lot of people would like book becuase it is funny ,exiting if you like this thos details in a book then this for you.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a trilogy that I had great fun reading. The same sort of dark and dry humor is employed in these books as in Series of Unfortunate Events. I am surprised that these books did not be come more popular, for I enjoyed them greatly. My mother is now reading them and enjoying them equally as much. PS: If you do not find dry humor amusing or do not understand it, these books are not for you. But having a rather dry sense of humor myself, I was greatly entertained.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book moved along, but it took a long time to catch my interest and when it did, it was almost over, the only reason I finished it was because I was already almost done. These books tried to copy Lemony Snicket's books, but did a very poor job in doing so. If you want a good book i suggest the Series of Unfortunate Events books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very good, but way too short. The end just suddenly came, and that was it. I wish that the author had put more detail throughout the book to so people could enjoy it. But, all in all, I guess it was OK.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great!I used it to write a book report and it really helped because it is short, funny, enjoyable, and easy for me to understand!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book out of a book Order. I started reading it and I said 'This is going to be a waste of time'.I love the Lamony Snicket books.The author of this trilogy wanted to be just like Lemony Snicket so he went off to wright them and he failed. Nothing made sence and the characters were very dull.This was a waste of my reading time
Guest More than 1 year ago
A House Called Awful End You have to read the book, A House Called Awful End. It¿s full of excitement, humor, and adventures. I hope you enjoy what I am about to tell you about this amazing book. What made A House Called Awful End so exciting was when a character named Mr. Pumblesnook tried to rob Eddie (the main character), Mad Uncle Jack, and Even Madder Aunt Maud. Also when Eddie escaped the orphanage he was forced to stay at. A House Called Awful End was not only exciting, it was funny too! The reason this book is humerious was when Eddie would ask his very sick parents tons of questions that they sometimes did not know the answer to and how he had to talk to his Aunt¿s stuffed animal. This book, A House Called Awful End was also adventurous. The reason this book was adventurous was how Eddie went to all these different places. For example, Eddie went to his Aunt and Uncle¿s house to an orphanage and back to his aunt and uncle¿s house In conclusion, A House Called Awful End is exciting, funny, and adventurous. I hope you really like this wonderful book, A House Called Awful End.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a silly book in which the author goes off on several tangents, explains everything but nothing makes sense. That is the fun of this book. It's a good read aloud for kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
funny book. better than that lemony guy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this story was extremly funny. All ages wuold love it .Mad uncle Jack Was hillarious
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is good i still need to read it but it seems like a really good book I plan on buying it so i hope you plan on buying it as well! I would suggest on also buying the book titled : The house of the scorpion ! Two wonderful books that would be great for anyones library big or small !
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I've read in a long time. It's kind of like Lemony Snicket, but even better! Some parts are really strange, but that's the best part of it. I totally wish he would write way more than 3 books in this awsome series!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is just like a 'Series of Unfortunate Events', except it doesn't end as unfortunately! It's funny, and I like the illustrations. You should read this book, mainly becuase it's really short, but it reminds me of a Douglas Adams written for children.