Our Friend Jennings
Going for a cross-country run on a bus is unusual, but to Jennings it was entirely reasonable. The choleric Mr Wilkins took a different view, however. Would he accept the complicated explanation given by Jennings and Darbishire?
Reviewed on 23rd December 2010
When Jennings and Darbishire send off for a false moustache and some 'free' stamps, there's no foreseeing the trouble it will cause with the cross-country run, the trip to the cinema, and the end of term show.
This is an average book in the Jennings series, certainly not a bad book but far from the best of the set. My copy had been updated for the 1980s, however while the currency references were decimalised, other aspects such as the cinema trip were more reminiscent of the period the book was originally set.
While the set-ups were the usual quality of humorous misunderstandings, in places they were taken a little too far, and became (to me as an adult at least) tediously predictable. On the other hand, one of the mini-conclusions was particularly disappointing because it came out of the blue and relied on nothing previously set up.
Overall I would say it would still be entertaining to a younger reader/listener, but doesn't touch some of the funnier of Buckeridge's books.