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Now We Are Sixty and a Bit
     

Now We Are Sixty and a Bit

by Christopher Matthew, David Eccles (Illustrator)
 
Now We Are Sixty was Christopher Matthew’s affectionate tribute to A.A. Milne’s Now We Are Six—a book for “those who might not be sixty but certainly feel like they are.” In this brilliant sequel, we are offered more of Matthew’s hilarious reworkings of Milne’s classic poems. Enchantingly illustrated, this is the perfect gift

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Now We Are Sixty was Christopher Matthew’s affectionate tribute to A.A. Milne’s Now We Are Six—a book for “those who might not be sixty but certainly feel like they are.” In this brilliant sequel, we are offered more of Matthew’s hilarious reworkings of Milne’s classic poems. Enchantingly illustrated, this is the perfect gift for oldies of all ages.

Barely had the first copies of Now We Are Sixty landed in bookshops when people started to ask Christopher Matthew when he was going to write a sequel. “You could call it Now We Are Seventy!” Not being within a “fourpenny bus ride” of his Biblical quota, Matthew set his face firmly against the whole idea. Yet to his surprise, the temptation to try his hand at a few more poems proved, like life itself, irresistible. Before he knew it, an entire book’s worth had been written. Here, then, is a further collection of verses, inspired by those of the great Milne. Once again, they follow the rhymes and rhythms of the master, to remind those of us who are getting on in years of the wit, wisdom, and whimsy he conjured up for the very young. Life continues to take its toll on the author, but the overall feeling remains one of cheerful resignation in the face of declining faculties, failing memory, and a maddening inability to come to grips with the VCR.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Now We Are Sixty, English humorist Christopher Matthew (Diary of a Somebody) rewrites A.A. Milne's cherished childhood rhymes to describe middle-age spread, "Saloon Bar Romeos," inflation, pensions, tabloid scandals and cell phones: "They're changing sex at Buckingham Palace," and so on. David Eccles supplies lovely cartoons faithful to Ernest Shepard's originals. The volume has sold by the wagonload in Britain (where it appeared in 2001); some jokes may not cross the Atlantic ("What is the matter with Radio Four?") but many of them will. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719565212
Publisher:
Murray, John Publishers, Limited
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 7.48(h) x 0.62(d)

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