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John Patrick Norman McHennessy: The Boy Who Was Always Late (Red Fox Picture Books) Paperback – 16 Aug 1990
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"John Patrick Norman McHennessy set off along the road to learn..." but will he ever get there in time?! His teacher is determined to stop his tales, but what happens when the shoe is on the other foot?
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hn Patrick Norman McHennessy sets off along the road to learn, and every day strange and improbable happenings make him late. To make things worse, his teacher, Sir, never believes his stories. One day, John Patrick Norman McHennessy is able to make it on time and finds that an improbable and strange thing has happened to Sir. Just how the tables are turned provides a twist every child will relish.
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As with many of John Burningham's books, the tale of John Patrick Norman McHennessy is eloquently told, and the illustrations are great. The central theme is timeless, although the depiction of a teacher in academical dress, and his threat to give his pupil a beating, are becoming a little dated by today's standards. Being a 'girl who is always late', though, I have a soft spot for this story. And the moral, presented as a Latin epigram at the start of the book ('Ut sementem feceris ita metes', or, 'As you sow, so shall you reap') will resonate for generations to come.
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