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|Grade Level: 9 - 12|
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Top Customer Reviews
Forget the story, Johnny Nothing is a roller coaster ride back into the young male mind (or, for female readers the first accurate glimpse) as he perceive parents, grandparents, teachers, elders, funerals, flatulence or scatalogical matters of any kind, prepubescent sexuality, social rituals such as dining and parties, church and boogers.
To be honest, when Probert finally settles into the plot, the book looses half of its fun. But he still manages to infuse the story with preposterous scenarios such as two lawyers, asleep at the wheel and daydreaming in the same lane on the highway.
Johnny Nothing’s self-centered parents neglect him to the point that his only pair of shoes are his father’s size 12 loafers. He earned the nickname "Nothing" because he wears the same set of clothes every day and brings nothing in his lunch bag. His rich Uncle Marley leaves nothing to the family but Johnny, whose inheritance is a million dollars.
Johnny must earn one penny more than that million in a year in order to receive ten times that much. The only problem is, Johnny’s mother is determined to spend his money as quickly as possibly, and none of it on him.
Probst prose punches readers in the face like a clown hammer.Read more ›
This book is hilarious! I imagine the target audience is kids (mainly boys?) between the ages of 8 and 12, but this middle-aged woman couldn’t stop laughing – or reading. You know how animated movies are supposed to be for kids, but the jokes are really for the adults? Well, it’s kind of like that. So, don’t be fooled thinking this is just a book for kids. It’s also a book for seriously warped adults.
Johnny Nothing is a 10-year old boy whose parents treat him like cr….er, dirt. To me, he is like a cross between Harry Potter, with the selfish, narcissistic, mean adults making his life a living hell, and sweet Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Johnny is a good kid who makes no complaint despite the horribleness of his parents. He inherits a huge sum from his Uncle Marley, and has a chance for more if he can return a year later having made that money grow.
Of course the despicable parents go crazy spending the money and it’s up to Johnny to rein them in.
Probert’s descriptions are terrific. Here’s what we’re told when we first meet Johnny:
“If Johnny was a colour he wouldn’t’ be yellow or red or blue or green or violet or gold or silver. He’d just be grey. Dull, muddy, grey. If he was a sound he’d be a monotonous drone. If he was a smell, he’d be the smell of nothingness.”
The smell of nothingness – how great is that???
Probert also uses great techniques that made me chuckle, such as talking directly to the reader:
“Am I making myself clear? Johnny’s just ordinary. Just ordinary, except for one thing which I’ll tell you about on page 4 because right now I’ve got to get back to explaining why everybody was BORED.Read more ›
This story is written through the eyes of the narrator who gives lively, sometimes overly smelly, descriptions and advice, (don't smoke kids!) bringing a comedic side to Johnny's dark tale. The images in the book are very unique and creative and give a clear picture of just how disgusting Johnny's family is. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it.
Johnny MacKenzie has two feckless parents who seem to have emerged from all of the worst nightmares of children’s fiction: his mother, Felicity, in truth, is a marvellous invention, unsavoury and selfish, among other things, while his father, Billy is a drinker and gambler and under the thumb, correction – ‘Billy lived in mortal fear of his wife.’ She is definitely the kind of person children of all ages will love to Boo and Hiss at: ‘SILENCE commanded his mother in capital letters.’
Uncle Jake Marley (deceased brother of Felicity) died a millionaire, and bequeathed £1m to Johnny, with the added proviso that if after a year Johnny increased that million rather than spend it he will be in line for a further £10m. Unfortunately, the cash card Johnny inherits is stolen and used by Johnny’s mother.
Marley’s solicitor is Ebenezer Dark, whose image graces the cover of the book. (Maybe Johnny should be on the cover as well as Ebenezer – or even Marley as well?) Might as well mention the illustrations, by the author’s daughter: they’re excellent, conveying that ‘otherness’ that surrounds the characters and the story itself.
Probert is a wordsmith, and loves playing with them, viz: ‘Uncle Marley didn’t mince his words (if he did, they’d probably come out in little gnarled up chunks and you could make wordburgers and chips or spaghetti with wordballs from them).’
I’ve read somewhere that publishers and agents don’t like puns in books. Well, all I can say is, they’re sad people.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some children’s books encourage kids to be brave. Some encourage kids to be creative. Some encourage kids to be caring. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michael Compton
I really enjoyed Johnny Nothing. It is a really, really good book. It might be for not for little children. This book will certainly appeal to pre-teens and YA audiences. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Paul
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... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sheila Deeth
This is an interesting read. It starts out as a narrative that really gives you a snarky view of this poor kid, Johnny Nothing and his dysfunctional family. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Maggie Thom
Johnny Nothing continually had me thinking about how many Charles Dickens' characters had names that fit their personalities. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rachael
This book was definitely written for just/pre-pubescent boys, but my daughter and I read it together, giggling and guffawing the entire way. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Pygmy Amazon Reviews
This book is a great read. It is filled with humor and very good lessons for children to grasp. It shows how your actions and inactions can both have consequences that are good and... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Miranda Shanklin
Although this book is primarily written for children, I found myself laughing out loud in places. It’s dark, but cleverly written and witty enough not to frighten the younger... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
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I’m giving Johnny Nothing five (stars) because it’s a truly unique work... Read more