The Big School
For many little boys their big brother may be a hero or a villain. For Malcolm Dunkley, however, his big brother is our Eric. Plotter of plots, planner of escapades, Eric wages continual war against teachers, bullies and anyone else he thinks he can get the better of without them noticing.
Set in the years of the Baby Boomers, a period some may term innocence and others pandemonium, a time when adults were always alien and often the enemy, these stories will entertain young and old.
The stories concern the adventures of Eric Dunkley, a sharp-witted, incorrigible fifteen year old and his best friend Juddy. They are narrated by his admiring but increasingly worldly-wise younger brother, Malcolm.
Litter is set in Malcolm’s first day at the Big School when he comes into conflict with the most notorious of the teachers, Mr McTavish. This forces Eric to spring to defence of his little brother and seek McTavish’s come-uppance.
The Caps tells how the Headteacher tries to smarten the school up by making the boys wear caps. In despair, the school turn to Eric who develops one of his most elaborate plots to reverse the decision. And also, of course, to drop Mr McTavish right in it.
Drongo’s Mighty Conker tells of the annual conker fighting contest and how the most unlikely people are worth consideration.
- The First Day at School (martinlakewriting.wordpress.com)