Friday's Tunnel by John Verney
New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1969. Second printing, stated on copyright page. Hardcover. 320 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm. $3.59 dust jacket. Small tear to dust jacket spine head. Owner name written on front end paper. No markings to pages. Binding is firm.
written and illustrated by John Verney
Meet the deliriously zany CaUendars—a British family of eight (not counting the animals) whose offbeat interests land them all in the astonishing middle of an international political crisis.
Augustus CaUendar is a famous newspaper correspondent; January, his wife, is a busy mother of nearly seven; February, the oldest girl, writes a journal of the family's adventures because, as her father says, "any girl of thirteen who writes a book is hailed as a genius." And Friday, February's brother, doggedly excavates a tunnel through the family's back yard. When Augustus leaves to cover an international crisis, Friday and February escape their tutor and become involved in a magnificent intrigue involving a band of gypsies, a newspaper comic strip, government officials who visit Mrs. Callendar, and of course, the most important in-gredient—Friday's tunnel, which brings everything to a wildly funny conclusion right in the CaUendars' back yard.
The appealing eccentricities of aU the Calendars are realistically brought to life by John Verney; their delightful adventures comprise an exuberant comedy qf wit, sophistication, and substance—an enduring contribution to the field of fiction for young readers.
John Verne is the author of eleven books for adults and young readers, all of which have been tremendously popular in England. Born in London, Mr. Verney resides now in a country house in Surrey, where he farms, writes, paints, plays tennis, and "in odd moments" fires his own pottery. A recognized artist as well as author, Mr. Verney has held one-man shows in London, but now devotes most of his professional time to writing. His extensive travel experience shows up in the colorful settings of many of his novels. The father of six, John Verney is continually praised for his refreshingly real portrayal of children.
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