Reader Reviewed Sir John the (Mostly) Brave by Johnny Smith

Sir John the (Mostly) Brave

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

Reader Reviews

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 the first in the series 'Cap'n John the (Slightly) Fierce'. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • 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'


Sir John the (Mostly) Brave 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 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 Club on my last birthday and since then I've been on all kinds of incredible escapades. So now you know.

Johnny Smith might have the most boring name in the world, but his life is anything but dull! All he has to do is say a few magic words and he can whisk off into other worlds and go on amazing adventures. This time he's a brave Knight of the Realm. Using his quick wit and royal courage, Johnny will prove he's anything but boring.

A brand new series by Johnny Smith, the creator of Disney's Gnomeo & Juliet.

Book 1: Cap'n John the (slightly) fierce.

Book 2: Sir John the (mostly) brave.

Book 3: Sheriff John the (partly) wild.

Book 4: Spaceman John the (nearly) bold.

About the Author

Johnny Smith

Johnny Smith is a live action and animation screenwriter. With his writing partner, Rob Sprackling, he created the Disney movie Gnomeo & Juliet and the British hit comedy Mike Bassett: England Manager. He has written lots of shows for TV including Dennis and Gnasher and Muddle Earth for CBBC. He makes his debut as a children’s author with the ‘John Smith is Not Boring’ series, published by Scholastic. Johnny lives in London with his wife and children.

Author photo © Lottie Wake

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Book Info


112 pages


Johnny Smith
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Scholastic Press an imprint of Scholastic

Publication date

2nd April 2015




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