Cover of first Uncle book.

Cover of first Uncle book.

I don't know about you, but I was an avid reader as a child. My school reports mention this with a certain amount of asperity due, perhaps, to the difficulties that they encountered when they attempted to get me to do anything else.

I grew up on a diet of The Phantom Tollbooth and Stig of the Dump; and of Jennings (still very grateful to my aunt for getting me into that), Professor Branestawm, the Five Find OutersRoald Dahl's children's books, and of course the Uncle books, by J.P. Martin.

It's not easy to get hold of copies of all these books now, even in these days of ebooks and Amazon.  It's true that many have been reprinted, and we have amassed a decent amount of second hand Professor Branestawm and Jennings in our house.  However, it seemed as though the Uncle books had disappeared off the face of the earth.

Yesterday, I noticed people (not least the estimable Neil Gaiman) talking about Uncle on Twitter, and I went to Amazon to have a fresh look.  Lo and behold, the first two books - Uncle and Uncle Cleans Up are available to buy, albeit with only a small stock level being kept.  Duly ordered.

However, then I discovered the reason for all the Twittering.

It turns out that a chap called Marcus Gipps has launched a Kickstarter project to republish all six of the Uncle books in a single volume.  Oh frabjous day.  Well, the project quickly met its Kickstarter target for funding, and is going to happen.  So if you're like me, and you want to get back with Uncle, the Old Monkey, Cloutman, the Hatemans, Hitmouse, and the rest, now is your opportunity.  Thank you Marcus!

Visit Kickstarter and back the project!