|Sparrow Tree Square age recommendation: 14+
A. A. Milne is probably best-remembered for introducing the world to Winnie the Pooh, a bear of very little brain but of very big heart. In his books Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, Milne featured characters modeled after his son Christopher Robin's toy animals. The characters and their stories have since become some of the most-beloved classics of children's literature, and have so much intelligence, humor, and insight into childhood that even adults will find them entertaining reads.
But while these two books certainly deserve their places of honor, their fame has had the unfortunate effect of eclipsing all of Milne's work in other areas of literature. Besides the Pooh books and his two volumes of children's poetry, When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six, Milne wrote plays, short stories, and novels for adults. Prior to the Pooh books, Milne was actually best-known for his work at Punch, a British humor magazine, and for his one detective novel, The Red House Mystery, which was so well-regarded that Milne became one of the founding members of a mystery-writing society along with such greats of the genre as Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers.
The Sunny Side is a collection of short stories originally written for Punch magazine while Milne worked there. The collection was compiled by Milne himself, to be specifically marketed at American audiences. However, there is something for every taste in this collection of laugh-out-loud humor stories focusign on an eclectic range of topics. Sorted by type into categories such as “Men of Letters,” “War Sketches,” and “Summer Days,” the stories of The Sunny Side are sure to suit just about every reader imaginable. Everyone will have their own favorite sections, of course, but in Sparrow Tree Square’s opinion the stories contained in “Men of Letters” are possibly the best in the whole book. In these pieces, Milne wittily and perceptively comments on various literary topics, such as novels and novelists, poems and poets, and playwrights and plays. The Sunny Side is a must-read for any lover of literature, humor, or both.
Reviewed by Megan Friel
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