You gotta love Paul Stewart’s writing and Chris Riddell’s drawing…. the book is fantastic! A boy who attends school with four other kids on a ship called the “Betty Jean”, and it has a fat mermaid carved into the prow or stern or whatever it’s called… and Horace dreaw a mustache on it, how awesome is that? Especially when they have terrible teachers. Captain Claw, Mr. Spicer, Mrs. Blood, Mr. Woodhead, and Mr. Gilroy. Captain Claw’s parrot is the only nice person who’s on the ship all day long. Horace, Mouse, Sylvie, and Spike are all great friends to Fergus. Bolivia just like’s his mother’s florentines. Bolivia is Captain Claw’s parrot, and also Fergus’s friend, she saves him from punishment from Captain Claw for being late to school. Would you imagine that they’re forced to do something called the “tunnel exercise” through the ship’s ballast, and emerge in different places, and this is for the gym class? And geography class is practically boring, because they don’t learn geography, they only read pages from “Pot-holing for beginners”. Which is weird, completely weird.
Even weirder though, is that little mechanical box that has visited Fergus three nights in a row, arriving at midnight each time. And then the fourth night, a flying mechanical horse comes and picks him (and his new lunch box called the Lunchomatic) up. And then… Fergus goes to meet his long-lost Uncle Theo Crane, at the HQ of The Fateful Voyage Trading Co., on Overlook Mountain. This book is so freaking great, you’ll love it! 😀