Corky tells Ruskin Splinter about the Krindlekrax he unearthed in his days working beneath Lizard Street. It lurks there still. Ruskin can hear it. It appears his father can hear it, feels guilty about its existence although he claims it’s ‘Not [my] fault.’ The whole community of Lizard Street appears paralysed by fear and expectation, except for Elvis Cave who bullies the residents night and day. He is the only contender to play the hero in the school play other than Ruskin Splinter. Who could possibly take Ruskin Splinter seriously, with his frizzy hair, squeaky voice and knobbly knees? How could Ruskin Splinter be considered a hero?

This is a marvellous book, deservedly maintaining a long print run and respected status for its originality, message, humour and bravado. We recommend ‘Krindlekrax‘ hugely, to all readers aged from about seven or eight or nine years.



Philip Ridley


Ruskin Splinter isn’t a typical hero. Despite his hopes and ambitions, it seems that the possibilities of Lizard Street are limited, and he is typecast by his knobbly knees, frizzy hair and squeaky voice. Somewhere there is a dragon, a ‘Krindlekrax‘. Corky, the school caretaker knows it. Can Corky hope to inspire Ruskin to become the boy he wants to be, a hero? We love this funny, bold and wonderful story. We recommend it to readers aged from eight years, or so.


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