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A Near Thing for Captain Najork

(Captain Najork #2)

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4.20  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  13 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Walker Books (first published 1975)
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Cybelle Weeks
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hysterical!
Andy Hall
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where is the sportive infant?
Stephanie
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There were some great moments in this one, like the wonderful illustration of Aunt Fidget Wonkham-Strong carrying the captain's tea up the stairs singing "Heart of Oak," and the commissaire's line "There is a lady at the door who wants a pot of jam and there is a snake at the window, madam," but on the whole this book seems contrived where the first book just seemed perfect. Bundlejoy Cosysweet's character is not developed at all, and while Aunt Fidget Wonkham-Strong seemed somehow transformed a ...more
TwoDrinks
I like this book but it's a bit odd in patches. I do wonder whether it's part of a series of books and I'd have found it less odd if I'd read other ones first. What had me reeling was the phrase, 'Captain Najork was in the observatory looking through his telescope at the girls' boarding-school across the river'. Given the news stories about Operation Yewtree I think I'm a little over-sensitive at the moment. Anyway, it turns out that Captain Najork is actually watching the headmistress of the sc ...more
Kimberly
I imagine this book can be fully appreciated only if one has already read "How Tom Beat Captain Najork and his Hired Sportsmen." This sequel is just as delightful and quirky as the first Captain Najork book. I wish there were more in the series. I think I enjoy both books more than my kids do, actually.
Abbey
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Funny, smart, great story and fantastic characters.
Alex Fallis
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite as brilliant has the first Najork, but still fabulous.
Dan Smith
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book with a jam powered frog, hired sportsmen, a pedal powered snake and a fearsome lady in an iron hat ...scaling the heights of greatness.
Zayneea
Apr 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I didn't really understand the story, a bit too random for me but loved the illustrations.
Kit
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Rest in peace, Russell Hoban.
Michael Earp
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Delightfully absurd and slightly inappropriate. I LOVE It!
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Russell Conwell Hoban was an American expatriate writer. His works span many genres, including fantasy, science fiction, mainstream fiction, magical realism, poetry, and children's books. He lived in London, England, from 1969 until his death. (Wikipedia)

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Captain Najork (2 books)
  • How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen (Captain Najork #1)