WARNING: This book will seriously damage your funny bone. The poorest boy in school has just inherited £1 million. But there is a catch: If he can hold on to his cash for a whole year he will earn ten times that amount. Enter Felicity MacKenzie, the ugliest, sweatiest, vilest, cruelest, hairiest mother in the western world. When she steals her son's money and goes on the spending spree to end all spending sprees it seems that Johnny Nothing will stay poor forever. However, Johnny has a plan - he will imprison his parents and force them to do homework and go to bed early as punishment. Join Johnny Nothing, Bill and Ben the bouncer men, Ebenezer Dark and a cast of literally dozens in (probably) the funniest book you will (most likely) ever read in (some of) your lifetime. Learn why solicitors like handbags; why dead people are windier than the North Sea; why parents dislike electrocution; and what happens to you after you die. Johnny Nothing: Book 01 in a series of less than two from best-selling author Ian Probert.
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Quirky dark humour makes this an enjoyable story of rags to riches, stinky parents and possibly back to rags again. Truthfully, I did not warm to this story world immediately, I was not entirely convinced that I would even finish it, however, by the closing credits I was much more in tune with Johnny Nothing, and I even had a dumb satisfying smile on my face. If I saw a bright yellow cover on a shelf, real or digital I do believe I would indeed be inclined to pick it up and turn a page. If I were aged 7-11 years and I saw an illustration of an elderly gent on the cover of a book in the children’s section would I be inclined to pick it up, not sure? Certainly a book adults with a naughty sense of humour are likely to buy for kids. There were a few editing issues, ultimately though they should do little to diminish the books overall appeal. Sharply observed enjoyable read, but with quite a slow beginning. I am definitely not in the target age group for this book, but I would be delighted to see this series really grow. Copy received from the author in exchange for an honest review on Darkness Beckons. Urthwild
Johnny Nothing is probably the perfect book for singularly imperfect boys. But it’s not all boogers and bodily fluids—there’s some wonderful language lurking behind the irreverence, such as when Johnny is compared to a “colour.” The humor is very English, convincingly teen and male, and somewhat smelly. Some readers might find it wearing after a while, like the worst of British TV imported to the States. But others, many of them unwilling readers aged from 10 to 18, will assuredly love it. There’s a boyish exuberance combined with a fascination for bodily functions; there are wonderful lists of puns from a round-the-world trip; and there’s the usual attraction of poor hopeless boy, powerful hopeless guardians, and unexpected opportunity. Of course, the powerful guardians—large obnoxious mother in particular—are amply skilled at the thwarting young Johnny’s plans, but a surprisingly wise lesson in failure might change things around. No thing is spared the sharp knife of humor and scorn in this tale. Politics and religion aren’t forbidden, and neither is BO. Names like Ebenezer Dark and Johnny Nothing offer a pleasing sense of fantasy. But, on the whole, this probably isn’t a book for reading moms. Combining the worst of boyhood infatuations with a well-plotted storyline and well-written scenes however, it just might make readers out of their pre-teen sons. Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy and I offer my honest review.