A Near Thing for Captain Najork

A Near Thing for Captain Najork

4.23 (95 ratings by Goodreads)
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Tom is happy with his new Aunt Bundlejoy Cosysweet who is delighted to be asked to join him in his latest invention, a jam-powered frog. When the frog hops past Captain Najork's window, Tom does not expect to be chased by a pedal powered snake, complete with the Captain and his hired sportsmen, bent on revenge. As Tom, the Captain and Aunt Fidget Wonkham-Strong Najork all converge on a nearby girls' boarding school, the tables are suddenly turned with the Captain finding himself in a very precarious situation...
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Product details

  • 6-8
  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 160 x 204 x 2.54mm | 90.72g
  • Lincoln, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • full colour illustrations
  • 1567923232
  • 9781567923230
  • 57,056

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Tom is happy with his new Aunt Bundlejoy Cosysweet who is delighted to be asked to join him in his latest invention, a jam-powered frog. When the frog hops past Captain Najork's window Tom does not expect to be chased by a pedal powered snake, complete with the Captain and his hired sportsmen, bent on revenge. As Tom, the Captain and Aunt Fidget Wonkham-Strong Najork all converge on a nearby girls' boarding school, the tables are suddenly turned with the Captain finding himself in a very precarious situation. . .
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Praise for How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen and A Near Thing for Captain Najork "There has never been a better time for the resurrection of two classics by the Lennon and McCartney of children's books . . . the pictures, classic Blake, mix vulnerability, energy and mayhem, the words always challenge and surprise"--The Times "A perfect combination of words and illustration, it's everything a picture book should be."--Irish Times "Rarely has a reissue been more timely than this reminder that learning comes in many forms, and that childhood play is never a waste of time."--The Guardian "A triumph from an unerringly eccentric double act."--The Observer "The duo's 1975 riotous tribute to the triumphs of 'fooling around' "--Daily Telegraph "The trademark tremulous contour lines of Quentin Blake's colourful illustrations inject energy and excitement into this madcap adventure."--Children's Books Ireland, Recommended Read "The partnership between author and illustrator is almost perfect, their resourcefulness in making such absurdity so natural almost the equal of the boy Tom in his creation of the two-seater, jam-powered frog."--The Times
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95 ratings
4.23 out of 5 stars
5 53% (50)
4 27% (26)
3 13% (12)
2 5% (5)
1 2% (2)
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