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  • Published: 1 October 2007
  • ISBN: 9781852273217
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $42.99

A Children's Treasury of Milligan

Classic Stories and Poems by Spike Milligan



A DELIGHTFUL ANTHOLOGY OF MILLIGAN'S BEST WRITING FOR CHILDREN

The delightful anthology of Spike Milligan's poems and stories for children comprises his classic children's books Unspun Socks from a Chicken's Laundrym, Sir Nobonk and the Terrible, Awful, Dreadful, Nasty Dragon, A Book of Milliganimails, Stratling Verse for All the Family, Silly Verse for Kids and The Bald Twit Lion.

Illustrated throughout with Spike's own drawings and specially commissioned artworks, this is an ideal read-alone or read-aloud book for Spike fans of all ages.

Spike Milligan's publishing career began over forty years ago when Silly Verse for Kids was published in 1959. His poems were inspired by listening to his own children, and subsequently his grandchildren, and marvelling at the way the could invent new works or incorporate sound effects into their everyday language.Spike did not regard children as small adults, but as entirely different species who lived in a secret, magical world that very few adults understood. For decades he delved into this world, delighting children - and adults - of all ages with his poems and stories.

This book features so of Spike's classic children's work , including Silly Verse for Kids (1959), the Bald Twit Lion (1968), A Book of Milliganimals (1968), Unspun Socks from a Chicken's Laundry (1968), Sir Nobonk and the Terrible, Awful, Dreadful, Nasty Dragon (1982), and Startling Verse for All the Family (1987).

  • Published: 1 October 2007
  • ISBN: 9781852273217
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $42.99

About the author

Spike Milligan

Spike Milligan (1918–2002) was a famous British comedian, poet, writer and musician. His wild imagination and madcap humour had a timeless appeal that continues to delight audiences of all ages to this day.Spike (Terence Alan) was born to British parents in India, where his father, an army captain, was stationed in Poona (Pune). The family lived in India and Rangoon (Yangon) before returning to Britain when Spike was twelve.When the Second World War (as Spike called it, the Adolf Hitler Show) began, he enlisted and served in the 56th Heavy Regiment as a signaller. During his time in the army he joined the Bill Hall Trio and performed for the troops.He is perhaps best known for creating, writing and performing the popular 1950s BBC Radio show The Goon Show. He has written several story books and poetry for children. His novels include Puckoon, and he produced seven volumes of war memoirs.Badjelly the Witch, which Spike wrote for his daughter Jane, was first published in 1973. It was performed on BBC radio in England, and later on Radio New Zealand’s Sunday morning children’s programme.Spike was awarded an honorary knighthood and CBE for his services to entertainment, and also the British Comedy Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award. A BBC poll voted him as the ‘funniest person of the last 1000 years’. His poem ‘On the Ning Nang Nong’ was voted Britain’s funniest poem.Spike died at the age of 83 and his tombstone inscription – ‘I told you I was ill’ – ensures that he will forever be remembered first and foremost as a comic genius.

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