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The Wonderful O.

James Thurber.

Published by Simon & Schuster: Fireside Books, New York, NY, 1957
ISBN 10: 0671224239 / ISBN 13: 9780671224233
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Title: The Wonderful O.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster: Fireside Books, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1957

Binding: Paperback

Edition: First Ed thus; First Printing indicated.


First Ed thus; First Printing indicated. Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the mildest rubbing and a bit of very faint soiling at the rear panel. Binding square and secure; text clean. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 73pp. Illustrated in blue, black & grey by Marc Simont. Trade Paperback. Pirates come to plunder a small island. When the spokesman tells them they have no treasure "except the blue of the water and the pink of our maidens' cheeks and lips, and the green of our fields," the pirates don't believe them and search high and low. Meanwhile, the captain of the ship, who hates the letter O, issues an edict. "I'll get rid of the letter O, in upper case and lower.All words in books or signs with an O in them shall have the O erased or painted out. We'll print new books and paint new signs without an O in them." Thus objects and words with Os are banished from the land forever. Disaster! Imagine the impact on community life! No houses, cottages or bungalows -- only huts, shacks, sheds, shanties and cabins without logs. No dough for the baker, no gold for the goldsmith, no forge for the blacksmith, no cloth for the tailor, no chocolate for the candymaker. (NOW you've gone too far!) No poetry without Os. Thurber writes, "A man named Otto Ott, when asked his name, could only stutter. Ophelia Oliver repeated hers, and vanished from the haunts of men." "We can't tell shot from shoot or hot from hoot," the blacksmith pointed out in a meeting with other townsfolk. "Oft becomes the same as foot, and odd the same as dodo. Something must be done at once or we shall never know what we are saying." The islanders decide that there are four words with an O that must not be lost. Hope, love and valor are three of them and the fourth is the point of the story. This is a beautifully written, rhythmic tale. THE WONDERFUL O will appeal to everyone who loves language. The story is a challenge to the imagination of the reader. Bookseller Inventory # 40878

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Synopsis: Black and Littlejack are bad men. Littlejack has a map that indicates the existence of a treasure on a far and lonely island. He needs a ship to get there. Black has a ship. So they team up and sail off on Black?s vessel, the Aeiu. ?A weird uncanny name,? remarks Littlejack, ?like a nightbird screaming.? Black explains that it?s all the vowels except for O. O he hates since his mother got wedged in a porthole. They couldn?t pull her in so they had to push her out.

Black and Littlejack arrive at the port of the far and lonely island and demand the treasure. No one knows anything about it, so they have their henchmen ransack the place?to no avail. But Black has a better idea: he will take over the island and he will purge it of O.

The vicissitudes visited on the islanders by Black and Littlejack, the harsh limits of a life sans O (where shoe is she and woe is we), and how finally with a little luck and lots of pluck the islanders shake off their tyrannical interlopers and discover the true treasure for themselves (Oh yes?and get back their O?s)?these are only some of the surprises that await readers of James Thurber?s timelessly zany fairy tale about two louts who try to lock up the language?and lose. 

From the Publisher: Grammy Award winning artist Melissa Manchester is one of the most compelling female singer/songwriters in contemporary music. She has also starred in films and television. Here she brings her wonderful voice to an inspiring story.

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