Reader Reviewed Moone Boy 3: The Notion Potion by Chris O'Dowd, Nick Vincent Murphy
  

Moone Boy 3: The Notion Potion

Written by Chris O'Dowd, Nick Vincent Murphy
Part of the Moone Boy Series

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

The Notion Potion is the hilarious third book in the Moone Boy series, based on the Sky TV series from dream team Chris O'Dowd and Nick Vincent Murphy

In a nutshell: surreal and hilarious knockabout comedy

Martin Moone and his IF (imaginary friend) Sean Murphy are back in another fine example of surreal yet totally satisfying storytelling. Martin is preparing for E.O.P.S. (End Of Primary School) and is suddenly conscious that he hasn’t achieved anything to put him on the school’s Winners’ Wall. Could the Invention Convention science competition change that? Sean is at his side as ever and ready to help, though he’s somewhat distracted by his new pet, a birthday present from Martin, Wilbert the Wonkey (half donkey, half werewolf and supposedly an IF’s Best Friend). Readers genuinely won’t know what’s going to happen next, and the copious footnotes provide as many laughs as the bizarre cast of characters and the ludicrous situations that Martin and Sean find themselves in. Inspired nuttiness! 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 title in the series The Blunder Years. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Sidney Greenslade, age 11 - 'A brilliant tale of a hapless boy, his imaginary friend and how they deal with the problems of everyday life in a unique and hilarious way.'
  • Sam Harper, age 11 - 'A brilliantly funny read full of crazy characters, hilarious definitions and cool cartoons. I loved it!'
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 10 - 'Really funny book and just like the TV series. If you like Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates, you will surely like this too!'
  • Cameron Lobban, age 10 - 'What a funny book! I laughed and laughed but also found the ending sad. I hope this is not the last I have heard of Martin Moone and Sean Murphy.'
  • Sam, age 10 - 'I laughed until I cried - a brilliant book, perfect for reading to cheer yourself up.'
  • Edward, age 10 - 'A total ball! A laugh every page!'
  • William Longlands, age 11 - '7/10 I liked the plot but would not read it again.'
  • Lola Thurston-Mathews, age 8 - 'Martin is tired of living in a family full of girls and really wants a wingman.  When his best friend Padraic tells him about imaginary friends he becomes desperate to find one.'
  • Joseph Harris-Hart, age 13 - 'A funny story, and silly at times, which I liked. I picked it up to have a quick browse before I was going to read it properly but I got sucked right into it and couldn't stop reading it!'
  • Dylan Sweet - 'I rate this book 5 star and it can be for boys or girls, any age.'
  • Patrick John Griffith, age 10 - 'I love the silly stuff, if you want a better imagination, if you want a laugh, then this is the book for you!'
  • Gabriel Phelan, age 11 - 'Moone Boy is a weird and wonderful book, with many crazy twists and turns on the side of the plate.'
  • Alex Hall, age 9 - 'Martin Moone tries to get an 'IF' (who is an imaginary friend). His first IF is an annoying & loud IF, so he gets another one. This one is better. The problem is that the old IF hasn't disappeared!'
  • Daniel, age 8 - 'This is a really funny, hilarious and brilliant novel.'

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Synopsis

Moone Boy 3: The Notion Potion by Chris O'Dowd, Nick Vincent Murphy

Martin Moone is about to finish primary school and feels he hasn't achieved very much. He's desperate to get his picture on the school's Winners' Wall and decides that entering the Invention Convention science competition will definitely earn him everlasting respect. But Martin - along with his teammates Trevor, Padraic and the ever terrifying Declan Mannion - is having trouble coming up with a winning idea. Martin's imaginary friend, Sean, comes to the rescue, and together they concoct a plan to beat the snooty kids from the posh school in town. If they can get their hands on some Notion Potion, a mythical brain-boosting beverage, then Martin will have all the ideas he needs. And so the gang embarks on a dangerous (imaginary) journey in their quest to become 'Boyle's first Junior Genius'.

And you can catch Moone Boy in his own tv series on Sky 1 starring co-writer and Hollywood actor Chris O'Dowd - watch a trailer here!

Chris and Nick say, “Throughout the first three series of Moone Boy, it’s often occurred to us that there’s so much more we could do with the world of the imaginary friends, but the hassle of having to film things with our big clumsy cameras made it tricky to delve too much into it in the show. However, this feels like the perfect world in which to explore novels for a younger audience, with plenty of opportunities for fun doodles and illustrations by Cartoon Saloon. There will be lots of jokes and we hope that parents will want to steal the books from their children to read them too. We’re really excited to be working with Macmillan – Venetia and her team are the perfect match for us, and we can't wait to get started. We also think it’s really nice of them to allow our families to move into their offices, it seemed like an odd invitation at the time, but we’re all very excited. Unless we misheard what they said about that detail.”

Reviews

Brought to life by zany illustrations and featuring irrepressible (and sometimes naughty!) Irish humour, Martin's adventures in his amazingly imaginative world are ideal for youngsters who enjoy reading alone. * Lancashire Evening Post * A hilarious read that will be loved by children of 8+, even reluctant readers... Mishaps and mayhem abound. * Parents in Touch *

About the Author

Chris O'Dowd, Nick Vincent Murphy

Chris O'Dowd is an award-winning actor, writer and director. He has appeared in many films, including Bridesmaids, The Sapphires and This Is 40. He has also starred in cult TV series The IT Crowd, Family Tree and Girls, as well as Moone Boy for Sky, which he wrote and directed with his friend Nick Vincent Murphy. Currently rehearsing for the Broadway production of Of Mice and Men with James Franco, he is due to work on Stephen Frears's forthcoming film about Irish journalist David Walsh and cyclist Lance Armstrong, playing the lead role of David Walsh. Chris is from Roscommon, Ireland, but is currently based in LA. He studied politics at Dublin University before training at LAMDA.

Nick Vincent Murphy is an Irish screenwriter from Kilkenny, now based in London. He studied English and History at Trinity College, Dublin, and did a Masters in Film Production at the Dublin Institute of Technology. In 2007 he was a writer on the acclaimed television comedy-drama series The Running Mate, and in 2010 his first feature film, Hideaways, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival before going on to win the Melies d'Argent Award for Best European Film at the Strasbourg Film Festival. In 2010 he co-wrote a short film, Capturing Santa, with Chris O'Dowd, as part of the Little Crackers series for Sky, which they then developed into comedy series Moone Boy, which recently won an International Emmy for Best Comedy.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
336 pages
Interest Age: From 8 to 11 years

Author

Chris O'Dowd, Nick Vincent Murphy
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Publisher

Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

26th September 2017

ISBN

9781509813520

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