Uninvited toddlers eat Hazzi’s breakfast and reward her with a problematic onion which she passes to the Gaffers. They hand the problem on to Josser, who is not pleased. He has more important things to consider, including a mysterious bag falling from the sky and crushing the Bobbles’ house. Fed up, he embarks on a river cruise which is not plain sailing. While his outing solves one problem, it creates more. On his return, Josser witnesses the disastrous demonstration of Tecky’s steam engine and discovers the ladies are not pleased with him. He decides he will have nothing to do with the railway, but the ladies vote for it. PALS, annoyed by his antics, torments him at a strange biggie rugby match. A tunnel is dug under his home. A play is written about his misdeeds. Will anything go right? Kissmas does. The celebrations are a success. Tecky’s engine works. Despite one final disappointment, Josser can go home and sleep peacefully. Or can he? Could his year end with a bang?
ISBN : 978-1-83934-495-4
Pages : 170
Size : 205x140
Imprint : Bumblebee Books
My initials ‘GG' stand for Grumpy Grandad which is the name I was called by my grandchildren when they were of the best age to hear my stories and beg for pocket money, which they did. But I was telling my first Josser story long before they came along, when I was very young teacher trying to control a class in the East End without the aid of a big stick.
Storytelling was used as a kind of bribe. If they were good to me during their lessons, I would end the day with a story, making sure to be at the most exciting point when the bell rang. The class would go home wondering what might happen next, and saying I did that on purpose.