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3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  189 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Ruskin Splinter is small and thin, with knock-knees, thick glasses and a squeaky voice, and the idea of him taming a dragon makes the whole class laugh. Big, strong Elvis is stupid but he looks like a hero. So who is more likely to get the big part in the school play? But when the mysterious beast, Krindlekrax, threatens Lizard Street and everyone who lives there, it is Ru ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 30th 2001 by Puffin (first published 1991)
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Paul Mcgoldrick
Aug 27, 2012 Paul Mcgoldrick rated it really liked it
The story of Krindlekrax is set in Lizard Street. It starts off with the main characters auditioning for the part of the hero in the school play. The two main characters are Ruskin Splinter and Elvis Cave. Ruskin is a thin boy with knobbly knees, glasses and fuzzy red hair.Elvis is completely the opposite, tall and muscular. Elvis wins the part of the hero due to his size and reputation and not on his acting ability.
Underneath Lizard Street lurks the mysterious Krindlekrax. The monster threatens
Katherine Dyson
Oct 14, 2012 Katherine Dyson rated it really liked it
My Mum recommended this book to me as she use to read it to her primary class and to my siblings and I at home. It was one of my brother’s favourite books when he was young (he’s now 28). When he got passed the stage of my Mum reading it to him he would happily read it independently. My brother was never really into reading, which is another reason why my Mum recommended it to me as it is popular with boys and engages them with reading.
Ruskin Splinter is not your typical hero for the school play
belinda cutie
Feb 11, 2017 belinda cutie rated it it was amazing
I think it is really good
Clare Browne
May 04, 2012 Clare Browne rated it it was amazing
Ruskin Splinter is small and thin, with fuzzy red hair and glasses like saucers. He wore black shorts that showed off his nobberly knees, he wore black boots and his arms looked like twigs. The idea of him being a hero is laughable; at least everyone on Lizard seems to think so. Whereas Elvis Cave on the other hand, big, very fat and looks like an American Footballer, he is the perfect hero according to the inhabitants of Lizard Street! This book is situated on Lizard Street where each character ...more
Fatuma Ntalo
Aug 10, 2014 Fatuma Ntalo rated it it was amazing
It is a brilliant text and a must read. Ruskin Splinter is a 11 year old frail looking boy who is trying his best to do better than his father Winston Splinter.Winston has no self image or confidence at all. Ruskin wants to play 'The Hero' in the school play, but because of his stature , every body despises him , his family too and the only person that believes he can do it is, Corky the School Caretaker. Elvis Cave is another 11 year old boy who used to be Ruskin's friend but then grew big , st ...more
Jun 02, 2013 Beth rated it it was amazing
Krindlekrax, is a story that I read to my year 3 class as it was the text we had to study for literacy.

The story follows the trials and tribulations of Ruskin Splinter, a 9-year-old boy who is ‘small and thin, with knock-knees, thick glasses and a squeaky voice’. He is desperate to play the part of the hero in his school play, however he is a bit of a laughing stock amongst the kids in this class and even his parents don’t think he can do it. Everyone says that the part should be given to Elvis
Shammai Allen
Jan 03, 2015 Shammai Allen rated it liked it

‘I was born to be a hero!’ The statement made by Ruskin Splinter. Ruskin is small, thin and quite awkward. The school is having an end of year play and Ruskin wants to be cast as the hero. The problem is no one thinks Ruskin can play the part, he is not tall or handsome, he does not have a deep voice nor does he have muscles. The role of the hero is ultimately given to Elvis, boorish and tall, with a deep voice. With Corky, his only confidant to talk to and the only person who believe
Mar 21, 2013 Faye rated it it was amazing
Ruskin Splinter is small and thin, with knock knees, thick glasses and a squeaky voice, and the idea of him taming a dragon makes the whole class laugh out loud. Big, strong Elvis may be stupid and keep breaking windows, but he looks like a hero. So who is more likely to get the part of the hero in the school play?
But under Lizard Street, beneath the dark bricks and cracked pavements, lurks the mysterious Krindlekrax. And when Krindlekrax threatens Lizard Street, Ruskin has the chance to prove h
Lee Watkins
Mar 17, 2009 Lee Watkins rated it really liked it
Shelves: childhood
Another childhood favourite. More distinct it seems from the other Phillip Ridley's somehow. The overall mood of it was different. It's basically about this massive dragon thing that lives in the sewer and all kinds of crazy stuff happens revolving around it. My favourite character was Corky the janitor, and I'm sure it imbued in me, from a very young age, a certain respect for cleaners and other average Joes. Basically he was a hero by saving the main protagonist, a boy, from sheer doom at the ...more
May 18, 2010 Viktoria rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, children
a typical ridley! a quick fun read, weird characters (aspecially the grown ups), a lot of stories being told and a hero who does have to struggle to really become one.
ridley uses the same methods to tell the story of ruskin and how he rescues lizard street (or maybe not and all of this is just a dream?) as he does in "scribble boy" or "mighty fizz chilla". this can be boring. with ridley it's more that you know what you get and basically that's why i want to read his childrens novels. i hope i'm
Rosa Mitchell
Oct 31, 2015 Rosa Mitchell rated it liked it
Shelves: ks2, fantasy, pshe
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Jenna Mills
Jan 17, 2015 Jenna Mills rated it it was ok
The kids in my class were very excited when this book was inside the box that arrived from the local library. They apparently read it last year and, by all accounts, loved it. I imagine they must have done a whole book topic on it, otherwise I cannot understand why it captured their imagination in such a big way. The whole thing was, frankly, ludicrous and worse than that, did not address the topic of animal cruelty when there was the perfect opportunity to do so.
Mar 16, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
When I was a kid this was my favourite book, a brilliant tale of the geeky underdog who triumphs over the school bully.

Of course the addition of a giant crocodile stalking the streets after dark added an extra dimension...the chapter where Ruskin enters the sewers to find the beast sent shivers down my spine
Jan 31, 2015 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I have read this to my seven year old granddaughter over four sessions, each of about an hour. I have to admit to being quite a spirited reader and this both witty and, at times, moving book gave me plenty of scope (I woke up this morning with a sore throat from too much roaring.) We both enjoyed it enormously! Now it is our yak to find the next read.
Jan 29, 2013 Victoria rated it it was amazing
A superb book that I never get tired of reading. in many ways it has steel of traditional tales with characters repeating key phrases that when read aloud can be easily joined in. This couples with the comic book style exaggeration leads to a unique and original style of writing. I love this book!
Aug 07, 2012 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book as there was turns in the story at every page . Not quite what i was expecting but thats a good thing because i wasn't expecting it to be awesome !! I would recommend it to lots as the story line is fabulous , but there is so much explained at the end !!
Mar 22, 2011 Gurmit rated it really liked it
A good book for sharing that's ideal for setting and character work.
Oct 28, 2013 Charles rated it liked it
this book was good
another audio book read by Rik. little cute children's book.
Cathy Brooks
Dec 03, 2014 Cathy Brooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A reread with the children - love this book - especially good for reading aloud.
Jun 20, 2013 Natasher marked it as to-read
i love t
Vanessa Bailey
A childhood favourite of mine, from the amazing Philip Ridley. I would recommend all of his books to young and older readers.
P.S I love the illustrations !
May 06, 2015 Faiesha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: krindlekarx
i thought that it was awesome and that i am such a lucky little girl to find this website
May 24, 2014 Sue added it
Shelves: krindlekrax
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