A Nod From Nelson by Simon Weston, David Fitzgerald

A Nod From Nelson

Written by Simon Weston, David Fitzgerald

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An entertaining and amusing story with a real feel-good factor that's perfect both for reading aloud to youngsters but also terrific as a read alone for the 7+ age range. Nelson is a lovely mellow horse who’s getting old. However he is obliged to come out of retirement and, with the help of his animal friends, he must prevent an environmental catastrophe. The subject matter is very topical as it deals with the human effect on the environment in a way that is easy to understand. This book is Simon Weston’s first novel for children and he is clearly a naturally gifted storyteller.


A Nod From Nelson by Simon Weston, David Fitzgerald

Nelson's got 'retirement'. It's not an illness, just something which happens to old carthorses at the end of their career. But when Nelson's boss, Mike the Milk, has problems with his new milk float, crossword expert Nelson finds himself called out of retirement to head off an environmental disastor.


Nelson is a horse, a carthorse for Mike the Milk to be exact, and as Mike has bought a milk float, Nelson has been retired. Not that he minds: it gives him more time to do the crossword. However, when environmental disaster threatens at St Mary's Dairy in Pont-y-Cary, Nelson and his chums Rhodri and Rhys, the stable rats, and Flight Lieutenant Pigeon save the day in their own inimitable way, and it looks like Nelson may not be retired after all. There are lots of in-jokes and plays on words that parents may well twig to more readily than children, but all will enjoy the zany storyline and Jac Jones's comic-style line drawings. A beautifully produced hardback, this short novel is Simon Westons first attempt at childrens literature and shows a sense of fun that children will respond to. Elizabeth Schlenther It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council. Gellir defnyddior adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru. -- Welsh Books Council

About the Author

Simon Weston, David Fitzgerald

Simon Weston OBE (pictured) is a former British Army soldier who became well-known after suffering severe injuries during the bombing of the RFA Sir Galahad in the Falklands War. After recovering from his initial injuries, he has worked tirelessly for charity and is now a well-known personality on radio and television and is in demand as an after-dinner speaker throughout the UK. Nelson at Sea is the latest in his best-selling series of children’s books chartering Nelson’s adventures.

David FitzGerald is the voice of Saturday mornings on BBC Radio Devon. He started out in radio in the early 1980s, before moving to television, reporting for Sky News. He is also an experienced writer, having scripted television favourites such as The Bill and Spitting Image.

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48 pages


Simon Weston, David Fitzgerald
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Gomer Press

Publication date

31st January 2008




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