Uncle Cleans Up
By J.P. Martin, illustrated by Quentin Blake
Uncle and his friends defend the labyrinthine regions of castle Homeward from the Badfort baddies. "A classic of British nonsense.... And a most elegant nonsense it is, utterly silly and deeply sophisticated at the same time." —Newsday
Paperback, 184 pages
The books are very funny, installing a large cast of unlikely characters...in a world of mildly squiffy logic...And the illustrations are among Quentin Blake’s best work, scrawls and splotches that finally and unarguably distill character. But most important, this is political satire of a high order—Animal Farm for pre-teens, but wittier and more relevant to our own world.
— The Independent (London)
And another great animal book: Uncle Cleans Up, about a millionaire elephant who wears a purple dressing gown and reluctantly engages in violent spats with his neighbours. Written in 1965 by JP Martin, a Yorkshire vicar, and illustrated by Quentin Blake, it has been reissued this year by New York Review Children’s Collection in a lovely, clothbound edition.
— The Guardian