[ilds] The Talking Parcel

slighcl slighcl at wfu.edu
Fri Jul 20 09:32:40 PDT 2007

On 7/20/2007 12:15 PM, Richard Pine wrote:
> For really imaginative travel writing, based on fact but highly elaborated, 
> try GD's 25-or-so very witty but also deeply felt accounts of his 
> (ad)ventures. Starting of course with the non-N, ever-present L in My 
> Family...
> Some of them (The Aye-Aye and I, 'Three Singles to Adventure) are some of 
> the best reads one could hope for.
I will second Richard's nod to Gerry's abundant imagination with a note 
to young readers connected to the list.  Isaac Sligh (age 11) recommends 
the following book by Gerald Durrell, which he has read at least two or 
three times now. 

(I am certain that those of you who have made Isaac's acquaintance on 
Corfu or in Ottawa or Victoria will know that no higher commendation can 
be given.)

        /The Talking Parcel/ (/The Battle for Castle Cockatrice/) (1974)

>         Review:
>         The donnish Parrot leads three children into the literary
>         magic kingdom of Mythologia where the belligerent cockatrices
>         have gotten out of hand and are threatening to take over.
>         Preparations for the ... more » big assault on Cockatrice
>         Castle mostly involve visiting the residents of Mythologia to
>         enlist their support. The first recruit is Ethelred, a Cockney
>         turncoat toad; and later assistance comes from a herd of
>         mooncalves (who secrete a jellylike substance that can be
>         imagined into any object you please), Germanic Griffons, an
>         effete, limp-wristed weasel, a school of adipose mermaids and
>         a pipsqueak firedrake. It's terribly clever really, though the
>         humor mostly turns on the animals' facility for mimicking
>         foreign accents. The enterprise will be best suited to
>         youngsters adept enough to sail right through the verbal games
>         and vocabulary stretching chit-chat and enjoy this for the
>         whimsical, if contrived, lark that it is.
>         Kirkus Reviews Copyright (c) VNU Business Media, Inc

Charles L. Sligh
Department of English
Wake Forest University
slighcl at wfu.edu

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