Just William's Luck
This page is about the novel. For the film see Just William's Luck. Just William's Luck was a novel in the Just William series by Richmal Crompton, it was the only novel in the series. The story revolves around the attempts of William and his friends to get their elder brothers married, such that they might become the recipients of possessions replaced by wedding presents. After a series of unlikely adventures, the boys serendipitously foil a gang of fur-coat smugglers, receive a reward from the police. After the release of a film feature film of the same name, loosely based on the books, Crompton was so impressed with the film that she chose to turn it into a novel. Collins, Fiona & Ridgman, Jeremy. Turning the Page: Children's Literature in Performance and the Media. Peter Lang, 2006
William Carries On
William Carries On is the twenty-fourth book in the Just William series by Richmal Crompton. It was first published in 1942. Too Many Cooks William And The BombThe Parfits are returning to the village because of the war and are going to celebrate Joan's birthday in the village. However, an unexploded bomb postpones the party. William's Midsummer Eve Joan To The Rescue Reluctant Heroes Guy Fawkes - With Variations William Works For Peace William Spends A Busy Morning A Present For A Little Girl Hubert's Party
Children's literature or juvenile literature includes stories, books and poems that are enjoyed by children. Modern children's literature is classified in two different ways: genre or the intended age of the reader. Children's literature can be traced to stories and songs, part of a wider oral tradition, that adults shared with children before publishing existed; the development of early children's literature, before printing was invented, is difficult to trace. After printing became widespread, many classic "children's" tales were created for adults and adapted for a younger audience. Since the fifteenth century much literature has been aimed at children with a moral or religious message; the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is known as the "Golden Age of Children's Literature", because many classic children's books were published then. There is no single or used definition of children's literature, it can be broadly defined as anything that children read or more defined as fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or drama intended for and used by children and young people.
One writer on children's literature defines it as "all books written for children, excluding works such as comic books, joke books, cartoon books, non-fiction works that are not intended to be read from front to back, such as dictionaries and other reference materials". However, others would argue that comics should be included: "Children's Literature studies has traditionally treated comics fitfully and superficially despite the importance of comics as a global phenomenon associated with children"; the International Companion Encyclopedia of Children's Literature notes that "the boundaries of genre... are not fixed but blurred". Sometimes, no agreement can be reached about whether a given work is best categorized as literature for adults or children; some works defy easy categorization. J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series was written and marketed for young adults, but it is popular among adults; the series' extreme popularity led The New York Times to create a separate best-seller list for children's books.
Despite the widespread association of children's literature with picture books, spoken narratives existed before printing, the root of many children's tales go back to ancient storytellers. Seth Lerer, in the opening of Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter, says, "This book presents a history of what children have heard and read... The history I write of is a history of reception." Early children's literature consisted of spoken stories and poems that were used to educate and entertain children. It was only in the eighteenth century, with the development of the concept of childhood, that a separate genre of children's literature began to emerge, with its own divisions and canon; the earliest of these books were educational books, books on conduct, simple ABCs—often decorated with animals and anthropomorphic letters. In 1962, French historian Philippe Ariès argues in his book Centuries of Childhood that the modern concept of childhood only emerged in recent times.
He explains that children were in the past not considered as different from adults and were not given different treatment. As evidence for this position, he notes that, apart from instructional and didactic texts for children written by clerics like the Venerable Bede and Ælfric of Eynsham, there was a lack of any genuine literature aimed at children before the 18th century. Other scholars have qualified this viewpoint by noting that there was a literature designed to convey the values and information necessary for children within their cultures, such as the Play of Daniel from the 12th century. Pre-modern children's literature, tended to be of a didactic and moralistic nature, with the purpose of conveying conduct-related and religious lessons. During the 17th century, the concept of childhood began to emerge in Europe. Adults saw children as separate beings, innocent and in need of protection and training by the adults around them; the English philosopher John Locke developed his theory of the tabula rasa in his 1690 An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.
In Locke's philosophy, tabula rasa was the theory that the mind is at birth a "blank slate" without rules for processing data, that data is added and rules for processing are formed by one's sensory experiences. A corollary of this doctrine was that the mind of the child was born blank and that it was the duty of the parents to imbue the child with correct notions. Locke himself emphasized the importance of providing children with "easy pleasant books" to develop their minds rather than using force to compel them, he suggested that picture books be created for children. In the nineteenth century, a few children's titles became famous as classroom reading texts. Among these were the fables of Aesop and Jean de la Fontaine and Charles Perraults's 1697 Tales of Mother Goose; the popularity of these texts led to the creation of a number of nineteenth-century fantasy and fairy tales for children which featured magic objects and talking animals. Another influence on this shift in attitudes came from Puritanism, which stressed the importance of individual salvation.
Puritans were concerned with the spiritual welfare of their children, there was a large growth in the publication of "good godly books" aimed squarely at children. Some of the most popular works were by James Janeway, but the most enduring book from this movement, still read toda
William's Television Show
William's Television Show was a book in the Just William series by Richmal Crompton. It was first published in 1958, contained six short stories, far fewer than most books in the series. William on the Trail William Takes the Lead William Among the Chimney-Pots William's Thoughtful Acts William's Television Show William Does a Bob-a-job William and the Wedding Anniversary William and the National Health Service
Just William is the first book of children's short stories about the young school boy William Brown, written by Richmal Crompton, published in 1922. The book was the first in the series of William Brown books, the basis for numerous television series and radio adaptations. Just William is sometimes used as a title for the series of books as a whole, is the name of various television and radio adaptations of the books; the William stories first appeared in Home magazine and Happy Mag. The book contains the following short stories: William Goes to the Pictures – William's aunt gives him a shilling, so he buys sweets and goes to the cinema. On his way home he is obsessed with acting out. William the Intruder – William steals the attentions of his brother's new girlfriend. William Below Stairs – William runs away from home after reading a book about a boy who ran away and made a fortune in gold, he gets a job working as a servant in an upper-class household. The Fall of the Idol – William has a crush on his teacher Miss Drew, but discovers she has "feet of clay".
The Show – The Outlaws put on an animal show in William's room for money and decide to use his sleeping Aunt Emily as an exhibit. A Question of Grammar – William's wilful misunderstanding of a double negative leads him to throw a wild party in his parents' absence. William Joins the Band of Hope – William is forced to join the Temperance movement along with the other Outlaws, but manages to turn the first meeting into a punch-up; the Outlaws – The first-ever William story. William is forced to spend his precious half-holiday looking after a baby but decides to kidnap him and bring him to the Outlaws. William and White Satin – When William is forced to be a page at his cousin's wedding, he becomes a figure of ridicule. However, he soon finds an ally in an reluctant bridesmaid, his cousin. William's New Year's Day – William is encouraged to make a New Year's resolution by the sweet shop owner Mr Moss, he ends up looking after the Sweet Shop. The Best Laid Plans – A young man misguidedly enlists William's help in wooing his sister Ethel.
"Jumble" – The story of how William met his dog Jumble. William Brown is an eleven-year-old boy, eternally frowning. William and his friends, Ginger and Douglas, call themselves the Outlaws, meet at the old barn in Farmer Jenks' field, with William being the leader of the gang; the Outlaws are sworn enemies of the Hubert Lane-ites, with whom they clash. Ginger is William's faithful friend and as tousled and grimy as William himself, he is his best friend. Henry brings an air of wisdom to the otherwise non-academic Outlaws. Never liking to own up to being at a loss, he can always deliver the knowledge that the Outlaws need. In the first book, it is revealed. Douglas the most pessimistic of the Outlaws, is the best of them at spelling, he spells knights "gnights" and knocks "gnocks". The Outlaws take pride in this because, unlike them, he knows the contrariness of the English language. William's family – his elder, red-gold-haired sister Ethel and brother Robert, placid mother and stern father, never-ending supply of elderly aunts – cannot understand William.
Only his mother has any sympathy for him, though his father sometimes shows a side of himself that seems to admit he was once like William himself. Other recurring characters include Violet Elizabeth Bott, lisping spoiled daughter of the local nouveau riche millionaire, Joan Clive, the dark-haired girl for whom William has a soft spot. Joan is sometimes considered a member of the Outlaws and sometimes an "Outlaw ally" because she took a special oath. At one point she went away to boarding school, but continued to appear in William's adventures during her holidays. William writes stories, although most of these are written in terrible grammar, to much comic effect, he likes to perform drama, is fond of white rats, bull's eyes and cricket. A notable feature of the stories is the subtle observance of the nature of leadership. William has to reconcile his own ambitions with the needs of the individuals within the Outlaws, his strength of personality means. William exercises his power over the Outlaws without conscience.
William has Hubert Lane being the most sought after. Others include Hubert's lieutenant Bertie Franks and other confederates. Just William Society Just William fan site BBC – BBC Shop Just William on IMDb Just William's Luck on IMDb William at the Circus on IMDb 1960s series on IMDb 1970s TV series on IMDb 1990s TV series on IMDb British Film Institute Screen Online – 1977 series Just William public domain audiobook at LibriVox
William Comes to Town
William Comes to Town is a 1948 British comedy film directed by Val Guest and starring William Graham and Garry Marsh. It was based on the Just William series of novels by Richmal Crompton, it served as a loose sequel to 1947 film Just William's Luck. It is known by its U. S. alternative title William Goes to the Circus. William Brown and his gang the Outlaws visit the Prime Minister in Downing Street to demand shorter school hours and better pay for kids; the newspaper publicity caused by their visit lands William and his friends in trouble with their parents. William ruins his chances of going to the circus, but somehow he finds his way there. William Graham - William Brown Garry Marsh - Mr. Brown Jane Welsh - Mrs. Brown Hugh Cross - Robert Brown Kathleen Stuart - Ethel Brown Muriel Aked - Emily, the maid A. E. Matthews - Minister for Economic Affairs Brian Weske - Henry James Crabbe - Douglas Brian Roper - Ginger Michael Balfour - Stall-holder Michael Medwin - Reporter Jon Pertwee - Circus Superintendent David Page - Hubert Lane Norman Pierce - Police Sergeant Eve Mortimer - Postmistress John Powe - Glazier Mary Vallange - Maid Peter Butterworth - Postman Donald Clive - Ethel's boyfriend John Warren - 2nd Circus official Alan Goford - 1st Circus official Basil Gordon - 3rd Circus official Claude Bonsor - 4th Circus official Ivan Craig - 1st Carter John Martell - 2nd Carter Pinkie Hannaford - Small boy Edward Malin - Toy Shop Man Slim Rhyder - Tramp Cyclist Arthur Stanley - Oldest Inhabitant Allmovie called the film, "one of the better efforts in this off-and-on series."
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