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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (487 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Thurber Narrator: Melissa Mancheste Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Tom Schuetz | 2/9/2014

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

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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.