Cap'n John the (Slightly) Fierce
Written by Johnny Smith
Illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson
Part of the John Smith is Not Boring! Series
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The Lovereading4Kids comment
What’s in a name, asks this new series of madcap adventures for young readers. John Smith is fed up with being teased for having the most boring name in the world, until his granddad lets him into an amazing secret: there’s a magical John Smith society, offering travel to faraway lands and crazy adventures. These begin in an old box of dressing up clothes he finds under his bed so when he puts on a pirate hat and coat, John is transformed into Captain John the Fierce, famed for single-handedly eating a whole Portugese Man-of-War jellyfish with custard and chocolate sprinkles, and finds himself up against the equally reckless Captain Black. As a knight in armour in the Middle Ages, he makes friends with Oswald Periwinkle, who also suffers from having an incredibly boring name, and together they take on Ivan the Horrible. Author Johnny Smith (see what he’s done there?) is a Hollywood screenwriter, and these pacey, funny stories are bursting with original ideas. Great fun, whatever your name is! ~ Andrea Reece
Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.
- Katelyn Walker, age 7 - 'John Smith goes on an adventure after finding his granddads dressing up chest and he becomes a pirate. We liked this because the pirates are really funny!'
- Robert Gillies, age 6 - 'Brilliant book, funny, full of adventure with pictures too. All elements of a perfect read.'
- Harry Steel, age 8 - 'I absolutely loved this book...Parts of the book were really funny especially when he was wearing his sister knickers on his head as a bandana.'
- Verity Langley - 'A nice little book for the young reader and I would expect his various adventures in the rest of the series will appeal to them.'
- Daniel Bisland age 7 - 'I give it 1,000,000/1,000,000'
Cap'n John the (Slightly) Fierce by Johnny Smith
My name is JOHN SMITH. Dad says with a name like John Smith no one will EVER make fun of you. Mum says I'm 'one in a MILLION'. But just because I got what my sister calls 'the most BORING name in the history of names..,.' do not judge a book by its cover. My life is ANYTHING but boring! But here's this thing you should know: I have this massive, massive, MASSIVE secret. I can travel into other worlds and go on amazing adventures.
Granddad was an adventurer too. It's this big thing we share. Granddad says we're members of something called the John Smith's are NOT boring Club. He says you don't have to have a fancy name to have a big adventure - just because you sound like a NOBODY you might be a SOMEBODY. Granddad says if you meet somebody called John Smith, he might have this BIG secret too. I joined the John Smith's are NOT boring Club on my last birthday, and since then I've been on all kinds of incredible escapades. So now you know.
Johnny Smith is sick of having the world's most boring name. But Johnny is about to learn a massive secret: he can whisk away to other worlds and go on amazing adventures. Suddenly finding himself as a Pirate, Johnny will summon all his swashbuckling bravery and fearless daring to prove once and for all that Johnny Smith is anything but boring.
A brand new series by Johnny Smith, the creator of Disney's Gnomeo & Juliet.
About the Author
More books by Johnny Smith
Scholastic Press an imprint of Scholastic
2nd April 2015
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