THE WONDERFUL STORY OF HENRY SUGAR AND SIX MORE by Quentin Blake

THE WONDERFUL STORY OF HENRY SUGAR AND SIX MORE

illustrated by & by
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Odds and ends from a crack short-story craftsman, reprinted from The Saturday Evening Post and other magazines in a calculated bid for young readers. In the title story, by far the longest, an idle playboy takes up yogi concentration for gain, then--altered by the practice--uses the powers so acquired for charity. A trimmer, equally colorful sketch concerns the pickpocket "Hitchhiker" who lifts the narrator's wallet, keys, and jewelry while goading him to guess his occupation. In the two entries with young protagonists, real high-tension physical dangers are transcended in fantasy endings; and there is a reasonably diverting nonfiction piece about a guileless plowman who uncovers an archaeological treasure. Without the bite of Dahl's top adult fiction these slick stories crackle with old-fashioned entertainment value, but it takes all the good will they can build up to applaud the autobiographical success story "Lucky Break"--which accompanies a competent but typical WW II combat story, the last entry here but the first in Dahl's writing career. This ploy gives the whole collection a self-indulgent tinge.
Pub Date: Oct. 24th, 1977
ISBN: 037581423X
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Knopf
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1977




MORE BY QUENTIN BLAKE

ChildrenTHREE LITTLE MONKEYS by Quentin Blake
by Quentin Blake
ChildrenTHE TALE OF KITTY-IN-BOOTS by Beatrix Potter
by Beatrix Potter
ChildrenOXFORD ROALD DAHL DICTIONARY by Roald Dahl
by Roald Dahl

MORE BY ROALD DAHL

ChildrenOXFORD ROALD DAHL DICTIONARY by Roald Dahl
by Roald Dahl
ChildrenTHE MILDENHALL TREASURE by Roald Dahl
by Roald Dahl