All Aboard “Captain” Peter Hook’s New Wondrous Boyhood Book

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Author employs all he knows of crafts and sailing and stuff that boys must know of

Peter Hook’s Sprats’N’Sprays is a wondrous adventure of boyhood. The twins Andrew and Martin are old enough to create a private language of their own and to handle the world through this language, with gumption and an understanding that already has the complexity of adulthood.

The world is full of Natives (in their language) who are either friendlies (relatives and friends who are helpful to the twins’ cause) and savages (those who throw spanners on the twins’ fascinating machinations). Their vehicle, an old jalopy, is the Mothership which they navigate. The nautical terms extend to their uncle’s car (a canoe) and other things.

The reader follows the boys’ steady, natural progress through a base camp in the hills. What the reader should notice is that the boys know their stuff, they are giving a tour of a beautiful place which they know like the backs of their hands. The twins are excellent scouts, knowledgeable about forest lore and the tools and stuff that one has to know about living outdoors.

Throughout the book, illustrations abound, clear and simple line drawings that gives the book a friendly feel. The author himself did the illustrations. Boys of all ages can totally immerse themselves in the joys of this volume. Hook has made a rare invention, they (boys of all ages) would want to acquire.

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About the Author
Peter Hook is an ex-secondary school teacher with a background in outdoor education and a lifetime of messing around in boats. He has designed, built, and restored boats, large and small over many years. He holds a coastal master’s ticket.

Sprats’N’Sprays * by Peter Hook
Publication Date: September 30, 2011
Trade Paperback; NZ$34.99; 125 pages; 978-1-4653-0086-7
Trade Hardback; NZ$54.99; 125 pages; 978-1-4653-0087-4
eBook; NZ$9.99; 978-1-4653-0465-0

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