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Jonny Jakes Investigates the Hamburgers of Doom (Middle-grade Novels) Paperback – March 1, 2016
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Gr 3-6-Jonny Jakes may not be the undercover reporter his school wants, but he's the undercover reporter that his school needs, no matter what Mr. Hardy says. Jonny writes for the banned school newspaper, The Woodford Word, and tackles the big issues using his other pen name, Fiona Friend. But when the paper goes too far and a new principal comes to town, it's not just Jonny who's in trouble. Mr. Jones seems great, but there's just one small problem-he's an alien. An alien whom Jonny is sure is up to something quite nefarious. Together with classmate Norris, unlikely ally Julie, the smartest girl in school Sally, and their drama teacher, Ms. Briars, the rag tag group must undo Mr. Jones's mind control and stop him from consuming their school and possibly the planet. A diary-style format interspersed with cartoon illustrations and clippings from The Woodword Word keep pages interesting and particularly appealing for reluctant readers. Full of action and colorful humor, this novel will have kids anxiously flipping pages to discover the fate of Jonny and his friends. VERDICT Jonny Jakes and his antics will keep readers more than entertained and keep this book flying off shelves.-Ashley Prior, Lincoln Public Library, RIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
About the Author
Malcolm Judge lives in a large Cumbrian village with his wife and three sons. When he's not teaching drama, he enjoys cycling and refereeing at the local rugby club. Besides writing, he still likes the idea of becoming an international film star when he grows up.
Alan Brown, is a freelance illustrator who has created artwork for Disney, Warner Bros. and the BBC, while continuing to provide illustrations for children's books and comics. Alan has worked mainly on children's books for kids who find it hard to engage and be enthusiastic about reading. These clients include Harper Collins, Capstone, Ransom, Franklin Watts and Ben 10 Omniverse.
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POSSIBLE MILD PLOT SPOILER. I won't ruin the plot, but it's important to note that this book is not just a diary of Jonny's many runins with teachers and authority, or just a bunch of episodes and tall tales. Rather, as noted in the publisher's summary, a new teacher arrives and there's a hint of funny business. Jonny and his mates have to figure out what is going on and then they have to deal with it. There is adventure and excitement; this isn't just school daze humor. We also drift into some manic action sequences. So, rest assured that there is an actual, interesting, satisfying story here with a plot, a beginning, a middle and an end. END MILD SPOILER.
Apart from the plot and all that, I most enjoyed the other characters who teamed up with Jonny as the story developed. He starts out with a sidekick, Norris, who appears to be just a big grinning dullard. This sidekick is big, but also really smart.. He's usually smiling because he's just constantly bemused by his surroundings. That's a nice bit of turnabout. Norris is deadpan funny and a regular source of surprise and sly humor. Again, no spoilers, but we pick up at least two feisty girl characters and one hilariously unbalanced adult, such that by the end of the book we have a very appealing posse.
The book is well written. The occasional drawings nicely illustrate and enhance the story. There are some pretty funny set scenes, but I mostly enjoyed a lot of the sly throwaway lines and observations. While some bits are pretty manic, some of the funnier lines are just asides or one-liners. The author is particularly good at funny cross-talk and witty dialogue, which I've found to be fairly rare in middle grade humor books. To be fair, there are a few points at which the story wanders around a bit before finding itself and moving on, but these are few and far between and do no harm. Even the fart type humor fits in with what's going on and isn't used only for cheap laughs.
So, the upshot is that this was funny and satisfying. I could see this appealing to a wide readership, and I count it a happy find.
(Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
When the principal finally has enough of Jonny, he leaves the school and hires a new principal. When he arrives strange things begin to happen and the other students start to act strange. Jonny and his friends try to figure out what is going on and how to deal with it. There is adventure, humour, and excitement.
The characters in the story are varied and well developed for a short children's story. Jonny is the ringleader and is pretty smart and sneaky. Norris is deadpan funny and a regular source of surprise and sly humor. There are two feisty girl characters and one eccentric, funny adult (drama teacher) that must work together to bring this story to a satisfying end.
The book is well written. The occasional drawings nicely illustrate and enhance the story. The author is particularly good at witty dialogue, which tends to be rare in middle grade humor books. I enjoyed the story and think it will appeal to a wide range of readers. It seems to be aimed at Middle grade readers and I think they would enjoy this story and identify with much of the humor. I recommend that school, public and classroom libraries carry this book.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.