Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain by Edward Ardizzone

Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain

Written by Edward Ardizzone
Part of the Little Tim Series

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First published in 1936, this must be one of the most beautiful picturebooks ever produced. Little Tim lives in a house by the sea but wants to be sailor, so he stows away on a steamer. Discovered, he’s put to work and soon finds his place with the crew. When the ship is wrecked in a storm, Tim is trapped on the bridge with the captain, plucked to safety at the last minute by the life boat for a joyful reunion with his parents. Ardizzone’s sea drawings, colour and black-and-white, are so vivid you can hear the seagulls, smell the salt air. Little Tim scampers through the scenes with a carefree joy, and his adventure will delight young readers today as much as it ever has. ~ Andrea Reece

Scan the QR code at the back of the book for the audio edition, read by Stephen Fry.

Tim Bowler was our Guest Editor in 2010 and chose Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain. Here's why: "This is the first book I ever read (age 5) and it started my passion for sea stories. Little Tim stows away on a ship. He makes friends with the captain but then a storm blows up and the ship starts to sink. The crew put off in the lifeboats, leaving only the captain (who refuses to go) and Tim (who's been forgotten). I remember my fear as a small boy when I thought Tim was going to drown. I won't tell you what happens. Read it for yourself. It's a charming book and beautifully illustrated by the author."


Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain by Edward Ardizzone

Reissue of the first title in the much-loved Little Tim series. A young boy wants to be a sailor, but his parents say he is much too young. Tim grabs the chance to stow away on a steamer, but little does he expect the hard work, stormy sea and sinking ship to come!

Little Tim's adventures at sea have delighted generations of children ever since the first book was published in 1936. Edward Ardizzone, who illustrated over 170 books in his lifetime, received the prestigious Kate Greenaway medal for Tim All Alone in 1956.

Scan the QR code at the back of the book for the audio edition, read by Stephen Fry.


'This is pure escapism and it is refreshing to find a book of such quality surviving and succeeding through generations of readers but still being published today amongst the buzz and fizz of novelty books'

'An exquisite reissue of Edward Ardizzone's classic 1936 picture book, which is sure to enchant a new generation of readers'

'The combination of exciting action, vivid characters and fabulously detailed illustrations still make the Little Tim series enthralling.' The Ultimate First Book Guide

'This charming and ultimately reassuring story is a reissue of Edward Ardizzone's classic 1936 picture book. The exquisite illustrations have stood the test of time and are sure to enchant a new generation of children and their parents'

About the Author

Edward Ardizzone

Edward Ardizzone was born in 1900. His family moved to Ipswich in 1905 and lived there until Ardizzone was fourteen. It was in Ipswich, as he later wrote, that he "...learnt to know and love the little coastal steamers that I have drawn so often in the Tim books."

Ardizzone illustrated more than 170 books and his outstanding work in the field of children's book illustration was recognised when he won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1956. The adventures of Tim are firm favourites with readers, young and old, throughout the world.

He lived in Maida Vale in London for most of his life, but was away for the whole war, working as an official War Artist.

Edward Ardizzone was a member of the Royal Academy of Arts and was appointed CBE in 1971.

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56 pages
Interest Age: From 4


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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

5th March 2015




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