This story follows the attempts of Dakota and her friend Treacle to get into the impenetrable fortress inhabited by reclusive best-selling author Lassitter Peach. Written by the same author as "Mercedes Ice".
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PHILIP RIDLEY was born in the East End of London, where he still lives and works. He studied painting at St Martin's School of Art and by the time he graduated had exhibited widely throughout Europe and written his first novel. As well as books and plays for adults, Philip has written many other books for children including Krindlekrax (1991), winner of the Smarties Prize and the WH Smith, Mind-Boggling Books Award, Kasper in the Glitter (1994), nominated for the Whitbread Prize, and Scribbleboy (1997), shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. His work has been translated into seventeen languages.From AudioFile:
Very British in flavor, this rather grotesque fantasy strikes one as the work of a Roald Dahl imitator who, while he has his moments, lacks the master's touch. Plucky, preadolescent Dakota Pink and her best friend, Treacle, make high adventure out of life in a surrealistic setting of urban poverty, surrounded by eccentric and largely incompetent adults. Josie Lawrence sets this often clumsy effort in the best possible light with an enthusiastic reading that makes the most of every bit of color and wit. Roald Dahl it isn't, but it's a cut above almost anything on television. J.N. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Bookseller Inventory # GOR006040982
Book Description Collins, London, 1989. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Damon Burnard (illustrator). First Edition. "KEEP OUT ALL CHILDREN AND SIMILAR GERMS!" reads the sign on the door of the impenetrable fortess inhabited by reclusive author Lassiter Peach. This does not dter Dakota and her best friend Treacle. Slightly age toned pages, teensy amount of foxing on compressed edges, top of jacket slightly creased and top compressed pages tanned. Otherwise a clean copy of an amusing book. Bookseller Inventory # 000667
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, London, 1989. HardBack. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First edition. 1st Edition. Clean tight sound square with crisp corners and edges, in silver lettered blue cloth with original unclipped Damon Bernard dustwrapper gently rubbed to head of spine. Bookseller Inventory # 100045118
Book Description Collins, London, 1989. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Damon Burnard (illustrator). First Edition. vg unclipped dj, illustrated by DAMON BURNARD, name in thick black ink on front endpaper, else vg. 8vo, 144pp. The weird and funny adventures of Dakota and her friend Treacle. Bookseller Inventory # 09C24