Peter Pook has graced many professions in his time, and has escaped from many difficult
situations. In this latest adventure he takes up the task of teaching, bringing to
his duties that unique blend of dedicated hilarity and profound near-scholarship
which his thousands of readers find so hard to do without.
The reader is taken right into the staffroom and classrooms of Cudford Secondary
Modern School, to meet the very people we knew in the happiest days of our lives—the
fat boy who sat next to us, the cutie who passed us inky love-notes, as well as the
fiery Headmaster, Gym Mistress, and Fräulein. Naturally, Pook’s own extra-curricular
activities involve him with the female teachers, but he does what passes for his
best to conceal these affairs from his pupils, who lap up anything to do with S-E-X
as eagerly as the staff themselves.
Educationalists will be intrigued by Pook’s unorthodox approach to teaching in the
Pop Age, when he strives to impart a knowledge of English to the D stream, who often
find difficulty in using even their mother tongue. The N.U.T. and N.A.S. will be
delighted by this shrewd appraisal of their problems, while the ordinary reader—Pook-addict
or fresher—will revel in this lesson in laughter.