This story of Ruskin Splinter's bid to be the hero of Lizard Street is read by Rik Mayall, the comedian and star of "The Young Ones", "The New Statesman" and "Bottom".
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Philip Ridley has written many novels and plays for children, including Fairytaleheart, Sparkleshark, Scribbleboy and Brokenville.From Kirkus Reviews:
Frizzy-haired, knobby-kneed Ruskin Splinter, age nine, believes himself eminently suited to play the lead--a hero capable of slaying dragons--in St. George's school play. The teacher, however, fearing repercussions, gives the part to the Lizard Street bully, Elvis, who regularly terrorizes the neighbors and goes unpunished; Ruskin's mother says only ``polly- wolly-doodle-all-the-day,'' while his father's lines are ``It's not my fault'' and ``Don't interfere.'' But when Ruskin takes on a toast-eating crocodile found in the sewer, others begin to see him as the noble soul he truly is; even Elvis becomes docile. With tongue in cheek, Ridley pens this light comedy from a distinctly half-pint point-of-view: all the adults but one are completely ineffectual, while only a child can right long- standing wrongs. Blithe and quick, the book could be accused of offering simplistic solutions to problems like unemployment and bullies, as well as crocodile fighting; humor, clearly, would be its winning defense. (Fiction. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Arrow Books Ltd, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99979209
Book Description Arrow Books Ltd, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099979209