By: Kate Temple and Jol Temple
Illustrated by: Jon Foye
Genre: Y - Children's, teenage & educational
Published by: Penguin
Published: 01 May 2016
ISBN: 9781760291938


Jimmy Cook is finding History Week a bit boring until Ms Fennel starts banging on about Captain Cook. Then - bingo! Turns out he and Captain Cook have a lot in common. Here are three of the big ones: they are both named James Cook; they are both great explorers; and they both look great in a tricorn hat. Funny fiction for those who love Tom Gates and Timmy Failure.

Jimmy Cook has discovered that he has quite a lot in common with the explorer Captain James Cook. No doubt they were related. So when he finds out that Captain Cook met with a sticky end in Hawaii, he's determined to travel to the island finish what he started. His parents aren't so interested but luckily Jimmy's favourite brand of cereal is running a competition. First prize: an Hawaiian Holiday.

Jimmy is going to have to eat a lot of full-fibre Wheetblocks to enter, but big dreams come with a big price. And no price is too big when it comes to Captain James Cook especially if it means beating the world's most annoying person, Alice Toolie.


Set in a log book format like Jimmy’s namesake James Cook would have used, this book will be an instant hit with those that love the Wimpy Kid and Timmy Failure books..

Jimmy Cook dreams big and is sure he is achieving greatness, determined not to be thwarted by the always over-achieving Alice Toolie.

Filled with amusing illustrations and genuinely good younger reader humour, I am not surprised to read the rave reviews it is already receiving from the young and not so young (like me!).

It gives the reader a bit of a history lesson but this is well hidden by the laugh a minute humour.

It is appealing, well written and will best suit readers aged 7—10.

Reviewed by Rob