Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Thanks to Jennings

Jennings was the character in the childrens books written by Anthony Buckeridge. I refered to this writer when I blogged about how a young teacher, who, reading from a story books about boys' school-life in post war Linbury Court Preparatory School, found to her surprise that the stories touched inner-city immigrant children from Somalia and Bangladesh.

Jennings Goes to School is another favourite title along with Thanks to Jennings. Sales of the 40 books have soared in places as far as China, Norway and Indochina. The best stories work wherever they go.

William Brown is one of the most popular fictional characters of all time. Usually referred to as the Just William books after the title of the first book in the series.

"There is only one William. The tousle-headed, snub-nosed, hearty, loveable imp of mischief has been harassing his unfortunate family since the 1920's. His name is a byword for irrepressible boyhood. His pranks are the scrapes of every healthy youngster, recorded with keen observation and an even keener sense of humour by a writer of immense talent.Incredibly, the William books span five decades."


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