Russell Hoban: How Tom Beat Captain Najork, illustrated by Quentin Blake
Tom loves to fool around. He fools around with dropping things from bridges into rivers and he fools around with barrels in alleys. He fools around so much that his maiden aunt, Miss Fidget Wonkham-Strong (who wears an iron hat and takes no nonsense from anyone), sends for Captain Najork and his hired sportsmen to teach Tom a lesson.
With illustrations from the beloved Quentin Blake, this is a very witty book that will be loved by children of all ages, even grown up children.
See also the sequel: A Near Thing for Captain Najork