How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen
Written by Russell Hoban
Illustrated by Quentin Blake
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A must-read for anyone who thinks that fooling about is a waste of time! Through the brilliant combination of Russell Hoban and Quentin Blake, the story celebrates all the skills that children learn on their own. Tom likes nothing more than messing about whether it is sliding in the mud, wobbling about on high and dangerous things, dropping things from bridges and fishing them out or rolling around in barrels in alleys. His aunt disapproves of all such activities and threatens him with Captain Najork and his Hired Sportsmen who are known to be able to knock anyone into shape. But it turns out that Tom has learnt some things after all…as the title reveals!
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How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen by Russell Hoban
Tom loves to fool around. He fools around with dropping things from bridges into rivers and he fools around with barrels in alleys. He fools around so much that his maiden aunt, Miss Fidget Wonkham-Strong (who wears an iron hat and takes no nonsense from anyone), sends for Captain Najork and his hired sportsmen to teach Tom a lesson. Captain Najork, says Aunt Fidget Wonkham-Strong, is seven feet tall, with eyes like fire and a voice like thunder. He teaches fooling-around boys the lesson they so badly need, and it is not one that they soon forget. Captain Najork lays down a challenge: they will play womble, muck and speedball - in that order. And it turns out not to be Tom who gets taught a lesson after all!
This is a classic tale of the triumph of fooling-around fun over humourless no-nonsense adult disapproval! This title was a HUGE favourite of thousands of '70s and '80s kids who are now book-buying parents. It deals with an eternally popular theme of a young hero's resourceful defiance of a despotic figure of authority. It is laugh-out-loud funny no matter how many times you re-read it.
's colourful illustrations inject energy and excitement into this madcap adventure. Children's Books Ireland Recommended Read'
About the Author
Interest Age: From 5
More books by Russell Hoban
Walker Books Ltd
7th November 2013
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