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

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When both Eddie's parents catch a disease that makes them turn yellow, go a bit crinkly around the edges, and smell of old 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 . . . .

When eleven-year-old Eddie Dickens's sickly parents become "a bit crinkly round the edges," he is taken in by his great-uncle and great-aunt, Mad Uncle Jack ...

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Overview

When both Eddie's parents catch a disease that makes them turn yellow, go a bit crinkly around the edges, and smell of old 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 . . . .

When eleven-year-old Eddie Dickens's sickly parents become "a bit crinkly round the edges," he is taken in by his great-uncle and great-aunt, Mad Uncle Jack and Mad Aunt Maude, and embarks on adventures that involve strolling actors, St. Horrid's Home for Grateful Orphans, and a carnival float shaped like a giant cow.

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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
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In a starred review, PW called this debut tale in a trilogy starring 11-year-old Eddie Dickens, who is sent away to his mad aunt and uncle's home, "a tongue-in-cheek tale of a hapless youth. Kids who lap up Lemony Snicket's series will take quickly to this tale and clamor for the next." Ages 8-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Philip Ardagh is a prolific British children's author of some wit. In this, Book One of the Eddie Dickens Trilogy, he begins the adventures of eleven-year-old Eddie¾also known as Jonathan or even Simon, depending upon his parents' whims. Oddness appears to run in the family, for when his parents fall ill to a mysterious crinkling malaise, Eddie is shipped off to live with Mad Uncle Jack and Mad Aunt Maude and her stuffed stoat (a sort of weasel referred to as either Malcolm or Sally, depending upon circumstances, of course.) It should readily be noticed that plot is not a major concern here. Although there is a bit of it (how Eddie ends up in St. Horrid's Home for Grateful Orphans, for example), characterization and snide authorly comments à la Lemony Snicket are emphasized. Those enamored of A Series of Unfortunate Events will probably be thrilled by this addition to the genre. Shades of Roald Dahl don't hurt, and neither do Roberts' illustrations inspired by Quentin Blake. 2002, Henry Holt,
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Gr 4-5-Eddie Dickens, 11, is sent to live with Mad Uncle Jack and Mad Aunt Maud. His parents, who suffer from a disease that turns them yellow, crinkly, and smelling of old hot-water bottles, warn him not to be mistaken for a runaway orphan or else hardships will certainly befall him. However, a series of nonsensical adventures involving an actor disguised as a highway robber ensue, and Eddie does indeed end up in St. Horrid's Home for Grateful Orphans. As he plots his getaway, his parents' house catches on fire. They escape, and discover that they are cured. While the setting attempts to evoke the 19th-century England of Charles Dickens, as well as the gallows humor of Roald Dahl and Lemony Snicket, the meandering, nonsensical sentences and relentless asides to readers are tedious and overbearing. The pen-and-ink illustrations bear a faint resemblance to Quentin Blake's work, but are as mediocre as the text. The British-English glossary is amusing, but is the only highlight to be found within the headache-inducing prose.-Farida S. Dowler, formerly at Bellevue Regional Library, WA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439537599
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Eddie Dickens Trilogy Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 980L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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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"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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2007

    A reviewer

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2006

    Middle Schooler

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2006

    Way too short

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2006

    it's great!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2005

    A Really ' Awful' Book

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2004

    Please read this great book !!!!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2004

    Funny funny funny. haha.

    funny book. better than that lemony guy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2004

    Weird, Brittish humor

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2004

    This book was Great

    I think this story was extremly funny. All ages wuold love it .Mad uncle Jack Was hillarious

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2003

    You need to read this book Im Gonna

    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 !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2003

    Great!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2003

    This book rocks

    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!

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