Author(s): Jennings Paul
The last book in the Rascal series. Spoiler alert! Do not read on if you don't want to know what happens. Dad and Ben are going out. No dragons allowed. They are in a big hurry, but they get lost! Who can save them? In order that ... Spoiler double alert!! ...Dad and Sherry can get married!
'...effortlessly satisfy the perpetual, pleading mantra of teachers everywhere for 'high interest, low ability' reading books, for, despite the brevity of each story, the author manages to write a short, satisfying twist into every single one.' Magpies 'Jennings has created stories bound to engage young readers with simple, well-chosen language and subtle repetition to help them learn to read. Bob Lea's illustrations are colourful, fun and animated...Jennings has yet again shown his commitment to literacy and love of reading with the 'Rascal' series.' Australian Bookseller & Publisher 'The short simple sentences are combined with wonderful illustrations.' Classroom 'With their characteristic twist in the tale, Jennings' first 'real books for beginners' are a long way from the old John-and-Jane readers.' The Advertiser 'A great first reader.' Australian Mother & Baby 'Gentle and funny stories with the trademark Jennings twist.' Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin 'Destined to become classics.' Manly Daily 'The illustrations by Bob Lea are stunning, as is Paul Jennings' text - just right for young ones. Parents will enjoy reading them out loud and in no time at all they'll be reading them back. Remember Jennings' immortal words: 'Help your kids to catch the reading bug.' They will with these gems.' The Auckland Times
The Paul Jennings phenomenon began with the publication of Unreal! in 1985. Since then, readers all around the world have devoured his books. Paul Jennings has written over one hundred stories and has been voted 'favourite author' over forty times by children in Australia, winning every children's choice award. The toprating TV series Round the Twist and Driven Crazy are based on a selection of his enormously popular short-story collections such as Unseen! which was awarded the 1999 Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Best Children's Book. In 1995 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to children's literature and was awarded the prestigious Dromkeen Medal in 2001. Paul has sold more than 8 million books worldwide. Paul's most recent book is the novel The Nest, which was published in Australia in 2009. Bob Lea is a UK artist with an advertising background. His work includes the cover of Tongue-Tied! by Paul Jennings, as well as the covers of all nine Paul Jennings' backlist UN-titles (including Quirky Tails!), Paul Jennings' Spookiest, Trickiest and Funniest collections, among many others. Bob is most notably the co-creator with Paul Jennings of the Rascal series of books for beginner readers, featuring Rascal the Dragon. The giant software company Maxon employs Bob Lea as a tester, so Bob's cutting edge 3-D illustrations are created using state of the art computer software and he is a leader in this field. Matched with his artist's eye and an apparent hotwire to childhood, Bob's originality and a zany sense of humour that he shares with Paul make him a brilliant match for these stories. Bob Lea lives in a small, picturesque village in the Cotswolds. He is married and has a son, who, like the boy in the Rascal stories, is called Ben!