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3.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 5 3.73 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Thurber Narrator: Melissa Manchester Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN:
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The Wonderful O tells of a man named Black who despised the letter O. He deleted it from his language and omitted it from his words. Opals, moonstones, owls and oaks could not possibly be his items of choice. He preferred emeralds, rubies, sapphires and maps. At least they had no O. Soon he wanted his entire village to omit the letter O. But the villagers found words they would not do without HOPE, LOVE, VALOR, and the most important one of all.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/20/2014

    " Though not written in verse, there are frequent internal rhymes that would make it fun to read aloud to kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 2/16/2014

    " The late lamented James Thurber left a rich legacy of wonderful writing, including some delightful children's books - the kind that adults enjoy too because of the wit and grown-up asides. The Wonderful O is about a band of pirates that takes over a land and forces it to remove everything with the letter O in it. Brilliant word play and great fun. Highly recommended, especially in the edition put out by the New York Review Children's Collection, which is elegantly and lavishly produced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 karen | 2/14/2014

    " imagine a wrld withut the letter . a wrld withut chicken ndle sup r the mn (well...). where peple can eat ham but nt prk. it is very cmplicated, and incnsistent in its legislatin. but still pretty fun, and its a kids bk, s we can ignre the little hiccups in lgic. and, n, its nt written withut the letter , its just abut a land where that particular letter is banned; its n perec junir. but its still a fun light read, and a lt less glmy than perec can be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Schuetz | 2/9/2014

    " I need to read more of Thurber's fables. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 1/25/2014

    " This book begs to be read out loud. Quite a feat for a book about a pirate who hates a specific letter. One of the best books I read all year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 1/24/2014

    " A fun read-aloud, very clever. But I have a feeling it's more fun for the parents to read than for the children to listen. The New York Review Children's Collection editions are beautiful. I may have to make this part of my permanent collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/17/2014

    " This was a really fun, really quick read. Pirates, castles, treasure and banished o's. I don't often revisit fiction but I will read this again--probably to the kiddos. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clara | 1/13/2014

    " As with all Thurber, thoroughly enjoyable. He certainly has a way with wrds (a little joke for those of you who choose to read the book). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline | 1/1/2014

    " Interesting concept, but I was expecting more of a story, rather than lists of things with an "O" in them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bronwen | 12/23/2013

    " Cute. :) Really a children's book - it has a lilting rhyme throughout some of the narration. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brooke | 12/17/2013

    " This would have been a wonderful poem. As a book, it felt like too many lists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanne | 11/26/2013

    " Brilliant children's story which should be a must for all parents to read to their children at bedtime. Loved the rhyming and lists of words with both the letter O and without. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 11/17/2013

    " Not as Wonderful as The Thirteen Clocks, but it's still Thurber, so it's still pretty wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 10/26/2013

    " Read this if you love word play! (Avoid it if you need a deep plot--this is Thurber, people, so he is about wit and word, nothing world-changing.) Fun fun fun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 7/22/2013

    " I love this book more than words can express. My dad read it to me when I was 8, and I've lost track of how many times I've reread it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vania Melamed | 6/4/2013

    " James Thurber tries his hand at writing children's books. While on drugs. Fortunately, obselete children everywhere will love learning the importance of this valuable vowel, and how to defeat pirates. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 -kevin- | 5/16/2013

    " Whacky word fun. A wordsmith's wonder ride. Goofy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anni | 1/17/2013

    " It's a nice story :). It really makes you think of what each of the letters bring to the language (and as a language learner I find that really interesting). If I have kids some day I would like to read it to them as I think children would like this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler | 1/2/2013

    " A fun book. Thurber plays around with language and it's even poetic at times, which I like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron Goodier | 10/30/2012

    " I liked this, but I need to read it again to remember why. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/17/2012

    " A very short tale about an island that is invaded by pirates looking for treasure. They can't find treasure so they remove everything with an "O" in it because the captain hates words with "O"s. At the end I didn't wish I had the time I spent reading back, but on the whole I was unimpressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krisette Spangler | 6/17/2012

    " Thurber is a master of the English language. Pirates invade a peaceful island and banish all of the words and items that contain the letter O. It is a clever story, that seems to contain every word I've ever heard. It made the kids and I giggle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxie | 4/2/2012

    " How did I miss this for so many years? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashlie | 3/17/2012

    " My kids and I had a very fun evening imagining a world without o's because of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Owen Curtsinger | 1/14/2012

    " Wonderful. Odd. Brilliant. Beautiful illustrations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/2/2012

    " If you love word games, clever writing, literary cadence, The Phantom Tollbooth, and dry wit, then this is a fun little book to read. If you dont like these things, well, youll still probably like it. Or maybe you wont. "

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About the Author
Author James Thurber

James Thurber (1894–1961), one of the outstanding American humorists and cartoonists of the twentieth century, was born in Columbus, Ohio, and launched his professional writing career as a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch in 1920. He began writing for the New Yorker in 1927 after his friend and fellow writer E. B. White got him a job at the magazine. Though hampered by failing eyesight, Thurber wrote nearly forty books, including collections of essays, short stories, fables, and children’s stories. He won a Tony Award for his popular Broadway play, A Thurber Carnival. Both that story and My Life and Hard Times have appeared in countless editions and dozens of languages throughout the world.