This nice little story features George Biggs, a huge and amiably strong Dad, and his adoring son Jake. A famously effective demolition man and master of the wrecking ball, George is finding work increasingly hard to find in the decaying town of Seacross. But Jake has plans for him to become a wrestler, in which sweaty sport he soon excels. But a disastrous trip to America and a humiliating defeat at the hands of the home-grown Tsunami Terror leaves George a shadow of his former self. It takes a return home and a heroic rescue of his son from a collapsing building to restore him to his former confident self, except he has now decided to re-train as an architect.
Contemporary stories involving long-term loving relations between father and son other than Roald Dahl’s Danny the Champion of the World are not always easy to find, and Phil Earle plugs this gap to the full. Sometimes he tries a little too hard, but this is essentially a heart-warming story with a very happy ending. The multiple award-winning Sara Ogilvie and her scratchy comic drawings make a perfect foil for this lively and affectionate story.