How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen
Written by Russell Hoban
Illustrated by Quentin Blake
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Award-winning duo Russell Hoban and Quentin Blake are brilliantly witty in this sharply observed picture of the value of childhood pursuits. Orphaned Tom lives with his formidable aunt who takes no nonsense from anyone and serves perfectly disgusting food. Tom pays her little heed. He likes to fool around, mostly outside in squelchy stuff or up high on dangerous structures. To his aunt, it looks suspiciously as if he is just playing. To make Tom conform, she brings along Captain Najork and his Hired Sportsmen, a team famed for their skill at playing hard games. Whatever can Tom do next? How Tom wins is a celebration of child-power.
How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen by Russell Hoban
This is a classic tale of the triumph of fooling-around fun over humourless no-nonsense adult disapproval!
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 HUGE favourite of thousands of '70s and '80s kids who are now book-buying parents. It features the 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.
About the Author
Interest Age: From 5
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Walker Books Ltd
3rd April 2014
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