Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade
Published by Allen & Unwin
Take a small boy with a big imagination, a teensy bit obsessive and totally self involved and hilarity ensues.
I love Jimmy Cook, our very one-eyed narrator who talks us through his family, friends and enemies as he charges through third grade.
He is prone to exaggeration and an intensity that is heartwarming and hilarious.
Jimmy’s love for Captain James Cook kicks off during History week when he successfully dresses up as the explorer. Jimmy feels he must be related to the Captain and at the very least they both rock a tricorn hat. Inspired by Cook's ship log Jimmy starts to keep a journal. He keeps an inventory of important stuff like actual dead cockroach, ukulele string and Wheatblocks.
Wheatblocks are important.
To revisit his ‘ancestor’s’ sailing journey he must eat his way through an enormous amount of Wheatblocks as the company is giving away a holiday to Hawaii. Determined to win Jimmy encourages members of his explorer club to buy as many packets as they can and collect the coupons for him.
But there is a trouble a brewing as the annoying Alice Toolie starts to collect the coupons too. Jimmy isn’t interested in a family holiday, he needs to develop his explorer skills and what better place to start than with Cook’s Hawaii of murderous tribes, carnivorous caterpillars, volcanoes, black widow spiders and great white sharks.
Apparently life hasn’t changed there in hundreds of years!
Will Jimmy eat enough Wheatblocks to win the trip of a lifetime?
You will have to read it to find out and there will be plenty of laughs along the way. The smattering of illustrations document Jimmy’s log with important images of a stick shaped like a dog pooh and one Lego man–no hands.
I thoroughly enjoyed sailing with Jimmy! It was great to meet a boy passionate about history.
CKT Book Reviewer
Authors: Kate and Joel Temple
Illustrator: Jon Foye
Title: Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Published: April 2016