A Near Thing for Captain Najork by Russell Hoban
  

A Near Thing for Captain Najork

Written by Russell Hoban
Illustrated by Quentin Blake

5+ readers   7+ readers   

RRP £6.99

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Tom is back for a second fooling-around adventure. When Tom, accompanied by his Aunt Bundlejoy, sets out on a jaunt in a jam-powered frog, Captain Najork and his hired sportsmen set out in hot pursuit in a pedal-powered snake. They are determined for revenge! Tom is running out of jam power but luckily there’s a girl’s boarding school not far off where more amazing and absurd events take place including a ferocious arm-wrestling match!

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A Near Thing for Captain Najork by Russell Hoban

Fooling around as he loves to do, Tom invents a jam-powered frog, and he and his Aunt Bundlejoy Cosysweet take it out for a spin. When Captain Najork sees them hopping past his window, he and his hired sportsmen jump into their pedal-powered snake and set off in hot pursuit - bent on revenge after their earlier defeat at womble, muck and sneedball. Events, adventure and sheer craziness conspire to bring Tom and the Captain together at the local girls' boarding school, where Aunt Fidget Wonkham-Strong Najork is in the middle of a best-of-three arm-wrestling contest against the Headmistress...and the Captain is finally reduced to eating swede-and-mutton slump after a very narrow escape indeed.

A redesigned and reissued beautiful jacketed new edition to the delight of all those 1980s kids who are now parents themselves. It is a rip-roaring adventure guaranteed to keep the pages turning and the laughs bouncing off the ceiling.

About the Author

Russell Hoban

As a child

Russell Hoban was born in Pennsylvania, USA. His parents were Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine; his father was the advertising manager of a Jewish newspaper as well as a dram guild director. Russell was thus exposed to the arts early on, and became interested in writing at an early age, winning prizes for his stories and poems during his school years.

As an adult

Russell served in the US Infantry during WWII. For a time he taught art in New York and Connecticut. He then worked as a freelance illustrator and an advertising copywriter. He began publishing children's books in 1958, and since then has published more than fifty. His picture book The Sea-Thing Child, illustrated by Patrick Benson, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Russell passed away at the age of 86 in 2011.

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Format

Paperback
32 pages

Author

Russell Hoban
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Author's Website

www.russellhoban.org/

Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

1st April 2015

ISBN

9781406355642

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