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on 23 January 2007
A NEW book in the HORRIBLY FAMOUS (DEAD FAMOUS series of books, for the most part, re-badged):-
'Sir Francis Drake and his Daring Deeds'.

'You've probably heard of Sir Francis Drake.......
He is horribly famous for:-
Defeating the Spanish Armada, sailing right round the world, being a fearless explorer...., but......did you know that Drake:-
Got shot and didn't even realise it, went to sea in a pelican and was actually a bit of a pirate?
Now you can get the inside story with Drake's secret logbook, read some sensational news in `The Daily Drake' and re-live Drake's most daring deeds....`

176 pages, split into chapters:-

Introduction
Hello Sailor
Disaster at sea
How to steal a million
The age of discovery
All aboard
Island of blood
Where no (English) man has gone before
Stormy weather
The dragon
The Drake mystery
The homeward bounders
Drake in command
The dragon breathes
Fire
Invasion!
On the rocks
Last voyages

Written in a variety of fonts with humorous black and white cartoon illustrations throughout, this is a very good reference for an older child.
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on 24 August 2006
I've been a fan of the author Andrew Donkin for some time. His first contribution to this series on Roald Dahl was a wonderful and entertaining companion to my children's collection of Dahl's books. A must have if you're a fan.

The idea of a biography of an adult told in a way that relates to children is a great concept and with Drake, Donkin manages to inform and amuse in a way that the targeted young reader can genuinely relate to. This isn't the stuff of boring Friday afternoon's in the classroom. It's an immensely enjoyable piece. I picked it up straight after my daughter had finished reading it and we both loved it.

I'd recommend this highly. The Horribly Famous books are a great series and Donkin's second entry scores again.
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on 31 October 2006
What a great read. My little girl enjoyed it and we both learnt something as well! I can definitely recommend any book by this author. They are the Cbeebies of the book world. They keep your kids amused while teaching them at the same time.
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on 20 August 2006
This is a splendid book, Andrew Donkin and Clive Goddard (illustrator) have once again combined to produce an biography which is both factual and entertaining.

Drake is probably best known for playing bowls and defeating the Spanish Armada, but this book also tells of his amazing adventures exploring the then unknown oceans of the world and his triumphant return to Plymouth and London.

I recommend it to anyone of any age who enjoys a true story of daring deeds.
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