Jeremy Strong was born and grew up in south-east London. He gratuated in English from York University and spent some time trying to become an overnight success as a writer. In the meantime he worked as a caretaker, a strawberry-picker and in a bakery, putting the jam in doughnuts. He trained as a teacher and went on to become a headteacher in Kent. He has written a great many books for children, including the Karate Princess titles and There's a Viking in My Bed and There's a Pharaoh in Our Bath!
Gr 2-4-Children will thoroughly enjoy the wacky crew and their adventures in this humorous story by British author Jeremy Strong. Captain Blackpatch, whose patch is on the sleeve of his coat rather than over his eye, is the leader of a motley crew who live in a house because they don't like water of any sort. The other swashbucklers in the group include strong, but sensitive, Bald Ben; Lumpy Lawson the inept cook; and the twins, Molly and Polly, who argue constantly. After the Captain is stranded in the rain, he decides to learn to drive and buys a truck which he has outfitted with a Jolly Roger flag, a skull and crossbones painted on the doors and, of course, an anchor. After many transgressions, he is finally granted his license and decides to give his crew a treat-a camping trip. The camp site is next to a lake with a small island. Blackpatch sees some people burying what he surmises is a treasure, and he is determined to get his hands on it. This leads to a series of misadventures for the group. Narrator Robert Glenister creates quirky voices for the characters that will capture the attention of listeners. The few Briticisms can be understood in context. A good choice for classroom listening centers.-Carol Y. Barker, Wheelerville School, Caroga Lake, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.