The Nobbie Stories for Children and Adults

Edited by Anna Grimshaw. Published by The University of Nebraska Press 2006

“After more than a decade in the United States, the Caribbean writer C. L. R. James ran afoul of McCarthyism in 1953 and was deported. In exile in London, he began to write stories in the form of letters to his four-year-old son “Nobbie,” who remained in the States. Through a distinctive, imaginary, and sometimes absurd cast of characters—Good Boongko, Bad boo-boo-loo, Moby Dick, and Nicholas the worker, among others—these stories explore questions of friendship, conflict, community, ethics, and power in humorous and often ingenious ways; they also stand as a moving testament to a father’s struggle to be a vivid presence in the life of his son despite separation and distance.

“Attesting to James’s remarkable gifts as a writer and his unusual talent for engaging wide and diverse audiences, these witty and poignant stories, published here for the first time, are not just for James aficionados. Each story is a delight in its own way, making the book irresistible for children and adults alike.”


“This collection offers a powerful glimpse into an interesting man and a historical time period and also a timeless lesson about the importance of doing what is right.”—P. J. Kurtz, Choice

“As an eccentric and engaging collection of homespun stories suitable for children and adults alike, The Nobbie Stories for Children and Adults is to be given high praise and is very strongly recommended for both academic and community library collections.”—Wisconsin Bookwatch/Midwest Book Review


Editor’s Note

Serial not Cereal
The Bomb Threat— Part 1
The Bomb Threat — Part 2
Michelangelo and the Statue of David
The Dirty Snowball and White Raincoat
Mighty Mouse and the Conceited Cowboy
Emperor Jones and the African Drums
Nobbie’s Birthday
The Teacher Who Feared Rats
The Club Starts a Newspaper
Bruno and Leo Have a Fight
Bad Boo-boo-loo Messes Up the Time
The Ghost at the Window
Police Proclamation
The Remarkable Greeks — Part 1
The Remarkable Greeks — Part 2
Delphi and Herodotus Discussion
Roundheads and Cavaliers
Bad Boo-boo-loo Rides in a Horse Race
The Liverpool Cathedral
Children in the Resistance
Ghana Independence
Sir Lancelot and the Tack
The Fossil Fight
Bad Boo-boo-loo and the Shark Fight
The Shark Fight — Second Installment
Ulysses—A Great Hero
Mighty Mouse and the Sinking Ship
Moby Dick Fights a Strange Eagle
The Monster in the Park
The Babysitter
Bruno the Bulldog Has Heart Pain
Bruno the Bulldog Has Heart Pain — Continued
David and Goliath
Mighty Mouse to the Rescue — Again