A Near Thing for Captain Najork

By Russell Hoban

Illustrated by Quentin Blake

Another classic from Russell Hoban and Quentin Blake, featuring a jam-powered frog and an eccentric headmistress ... as nutty and compulsive as ever.

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.

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 5+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406347456
  • Published: 03 Apr 2014
  • Price: £12.99
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  • Size: 280 x 210 mm
  • Pages: 32

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'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 fun, if not head-spinning tale full of names and words that are somewhat bewildering . . . sure to bring enjoyment' Babybuzz

'A hilarious madcap adventure that will delight readers young and old' Yours

'Brilliant' Juno

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