How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen (Captain Najork 1) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2014/4/1
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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!
In this ebullient classic...Russell Hoban and Quentin Blake champion children and their powers of self-determination. -- Julia Eccleshare * The Guardian * Zany and anarchic * The School Librarian * Some picture book pairings are inspired and Quentin Blake/Russell Hoban definitely fall into that category. Tom likes to fool around - so much that his maiden aunt, Miss Fidget Wonkham-Strong, threatens to send for Captain Najork and his hired sportsmen to teach Tom a lesson. But even that doesn't stop Tom's foolery (did you notice that too?) so along comes Captain Najork. He challenges Tom to womble, muck and speedball but Tom turns the tables in this endlessly imaginative quirky story with its amazing use of vocabulary * Parents in Touch *商品の説明をすべて表示する
The story is great, the art is great - the whole book is great! The background message is that its ok to be independent and follow your interests, but this certainly isn't put in the young readers face. From their perspective it will simply be a fun, entertaining, and extremely well drawn story.