Littlejack has a map that indicates the existence of a treasure on a far island. Black has a ship to get there. So they team up and sail off on Black's vessel, the Aeiu-a name based on all the vowels except for O. O he hates since his mother got wedged in a porthole.
Black and Littlejack arrive at the port of the island and demand the treasure. No one knows anything about it, so they have their henchmen ransack the place-to no avail. But Black has a better idea: he will take over the island and he will purge it of O.
The vicissitudes visited on the islanders by Black and Littlejack, the harsh limits of a life sans O, and how finally with a little luck the islanders shake off their tyrannical interlopers and discover the true treasure for themselves all create a timelessly zany fairy tale about two louts who try to lock up the language-and lose.
The period coloured illustrations add to the charm to make a very inviting book. - School Librarian
Linguistic romp with an important lesson at its heart. - London Review of Books
A tale of loss, liberty and language laced with typical Thuberian wit. - London Review of Books
Binding: Hardback, 80 pages ISBN: 9781590173091 Format: 208mm x 134mm