Author Susan Cooper recommends How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen, written by Russell Hoban and illustrated by Quentin Blake. “Any picture book that’s as much fun for the parent (or grandparent) as the child is a treasure, and this is still a favorite in my family – the first lovely, whacky collaboration of that much-missed genius Russell Hoban and the brilliant, unmistakable, unmatchable Quentin Blake. Best for kids aged at least 5. It has a great sequel too!”
How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen (David R Godine Publishers, Inc., 1974) is recommended for ages 5 and up.
Be sure to check out Cooper’s historical fantasy novel Ghost Hawk (Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, 2013).
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