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Johnny and the Bomb

Written by Terry Pratchett

Part of the Johnny Maxwell Series

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Johnny and the Bomb Review

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks

Rib-tickling, thought-provoking, wonderful fun with a little history thrown in for good measure. Johnny returns, with his quirky gang of friends, this time hurtling into the past on board a slightly dysfunctional time travelling shopping trolley. First published in 1996, the beauty of the writing means that it still feels relevant, is fabulously funny, and quite quite bonkers. This is Terry Pratchett at his best, yes it is predominately a book for kids, however I thoroughly enjoyed it, I suppose that makes me a big kid! Mark Beech illustrations grace the start of each chapter, perfectly summing up what is to come. Showing how the past shapes the present, and always surrounds us, Johnny and the Bomb is quite possibly my favourite in the Johnny Maxwell trilogy.  

Liz Robinson

Johnny and the Bomb Synopsis


Johnny Maxwell is just an ordinary boy, walking through an ordinary alley . . . until he stumbles across a shopping trolley that can travel back in time. And when Jonny and friends find themselves in 1941, in the middle of the Second World War, they know that on this day German bombs will fall on their hometown. What if Johnny and his friends could stop it? And what if tampering with history had disastrous consequences . . .

The third book in the Johnny Maxwell trilogy.

Johnny and the Bomb Press Reviews

Praise for the series:

Enormously entertaining and contains more wry observations than you could shake a Heinkel at  Daily Telegraph

Thrilling and impressively funny  Mail on Sunday

Witty dialogue allied to thought-provoking ideas  The School Librarian

Entertaining fable   Independent

Marvellous story . . . funny, poignant, angry, outrageous and moving . . . Terry Pratchett is simply the best there is   Vector

A humorous book, full of puns and asides, wittily and skilfully written... a delight of a book for any fluent teenage reader   School Librarian

A lovely, funny, witty, sometimes wise book, exciting and entertaining and always highly readable  Junior Bookshelf

A funny, poignant story   Write Away!

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ISBN: 9780552576789
Publication date: 23/08/2018
Publisher: Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780552576789
Publication date: 23rd August 2018
Author: Terry Pratchett
Publisher: Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: eBooks

About Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett (1948 - 2015) was born in 1948 in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. He had his first story published when he was just thirteen, and after leaving school at seventeen to become a journalist he continued writing, publishing his first novel, The Carpet People, in 1971 and going on to produce the phenomenally successful Discworld and his trilogy for young readers, The Bromeliad. His first Discworld novel for children, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents was awarded the 2001 Carnegie Medal. Terry Pratchett as well as numerous other books, winning many awards and becoming the UK’s bestselling author. He was appointed OBE ...

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