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Johnny Danger Bk 3. Spyborg by Peter Millett

September 9, 2016 Comments off

spy-borgJohnny Danger Bk 3. Spyborg by Peter Millett. Pub. Puffin Books, 2016.

Yes book three is out at last and it is full of the same intelligent silliness that made the other two books so popular. Perennial villain Dr Disastrous is joined by new villain Yuri Boom-Boom-ovic who has invented a cyborg that can be replicated to look and act like anybody.

The two villains retreat to Happy World island formerly known as Ikki Ikki Bunga, Dr Disastrous’s hideaway, and plot to get Johnny Danger and conquer the World at the same time. Mwahahaha.

Not only that Johnny Dangers older brother Evil Ian has gone to the darkside and  Penelope Pounds and Johnny’s father are acting very strangely, could they be one of Boo Boom’s new cyborgs or Yuri-nators as he calls them?

Read this action packed spoof on James Bond and have fun. Lots of action and toilet humour, there is even a lego car. Adults will love it too as Peter Millett spoofs film classics Dirty Harry, the Terminator and others.

The best compliment I can give this novel is to tell you I read it in one sitting. It made me smile on a miserable day. It will do that to you too.

For middle school and older students who have furtive imaginations. All the Johnny Danger books are at this link

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Johnny Danger2: Lie Another Day by Peter Millett

February 19, 2016 Comments off

lie another dayJohnny Danger2: Lie Another Day by Peter Millett. Pub. Puffin 2016.

I am a big fan of these books as they combine a poo bum wees sense of humour with action and inventiveness. They are silly but not silly at the same time. Reluctant readers will grab them and read them easily particularly boys but not exclusively.

Reluctant boy spy John Dangerfield with his strong willed female off-sider Penelope Pounds are drawn into another crisis by M16 when the President of USA is trying to land on the Moon. During his “One giant leap” speech he drops a horse and cart of considerable velocity, and floats into space. If it was Donald Trump I would be cheering.

Well there is  an aging villain behind it all and he is in the Shady tree Retirement Home and his name is Major Pain and he is a grumpy old codger. My hero and probable fate.

well Major Pain  has invented an undetectable weapon of mass destruction and it involves gas of which methane is a major component. The World is held to ransom. Can Johnny Danger and Penelope Pounds stop him before it is too late. Read it and find out.

Loved the character of Major Pain because he is old school. No online wizardry from him he is a stamp and letter man and this is why he goes undetected. Johnny Danger’s old enemy Dr Disastrous is on hand seeking to become top dog again after a spell in jail, with his ever reliable number 2s, 2A and 2B.

It’s all fun for primary and intermediate kids and there is a code to work out.

Johnny Danger D.I.Y. Spy by Peter Millett.

March 3, 2015 Comments off

johnny dangerJohnny Danger D.I.Y. Spy by Peter Millett. Pub. Puffin Books, 2015.

This new series for reluctant readers, boys in particular is one of the craziest novels I have ever read ranking with Paul Jennings and Andy Griffith and commanding the same reader group.

Jonathon Dangerfield dreams of being a master spy like James Bond only with heaps of on-line gadgets. He sets up a webpage as Johnny Danger and exaggerates his credentials and accomplishments. But as they say luck favours the brave and Johnny is brave if nothing else and very lucky.

When super villain, Dr Disaster invents a virus that turns key words into anagrams and causes severe disruption to the Queens speech and Justin Bieber’s birthday, MI6 are onto the case. They need someone savvy to hunt down Dr Disaster who is a nut case with ambitions to rule the World. Johnny Danger is the man or should I say boy.

Johnny is commandeered by MI6 and partnered with the brooding Penelope Pounds. Dr Disaster is holed up on the Island of Ikki Ikki Bunga and Johnny and Penelope have to stop him.

Often hilarious action and description that will have even adults smiling. This novel will gladden the heart of the most dour reader. Primary and Intermediate.

An Elephant for Breakfast by Zella.

March 14, 2015 Comments off

elephant breakfastAn Elephant for Breakfast by Zella. Pub. Zella Books London, 2014.

A junior reader for confidant readers in years 3/4 and a good one too.

Freddie, Tom, Rose, Johnny and Bella are cousins who live in Paradise Road London. They have an uncle Cosmo who owns a chocolate factory in Kenya and every year he sends them a box of presents at the beginning of summer. This year it is late and when it comes it has a nasty surprise.

This is a story about ivory smuggling and the dangers to elephants of the illegal trade. The box for the children is very heavy and inside are huge blocks of chocolate and inside the chocolate are ivory tusks. Who is doing this? Is their uncle Cosmo or his girlfriend Josephine involved?

The children are alerted when two shabbily dressed men calling themselves policemen turn up at their door. You will have to read it to find out more.

Well wrtten and has a feel of a junior Famous 5 about it.

My NZ Story Harbour Bridge by Philippa Werry.

February 24, 2015 Comments off

harbour bridgeMy NZ Story Harbour Bridge by Philippa Werry. Pub. Scholastic, 2014.

More than just a story of the making of the bridge, it is a social history of the years 1958/1959 that will make Aucklanders’ in particular look back and weep with desire for the old days.

It was the days of the space race when the Russians held the upper hand with the first Sputnik and then the first dog, Laika, in space. It was a time of star gazing to see the satellites crossing the cosmos and the wonder that man could be so clever. We don’t think like that now.

Johnny Devlin topped the hit parade with Lawdey Miss Clawdy an Elvis song and girls tore the shirt off his back in public appearances. Where are you now Johnny? I haven’t got your record but I have Elvis’s.

A section could be purchased for 600 pounds and a new house built for 2000 pounds and the ordinary NZ working man could buy a house. Fat chance these days.

In between time The Auckland Harbour Bridge was constructed with British steel and built by overseas workers from the British Isles and elsewhere along with our own workers. Danger money was paid as were bonuses for meeting targets and no mention of minimum wages. Try getting that these days.

Simon and his best mate are in a pretty young teachers class in form 1 or year 7 as we call it now on the North Shore where everyone went to work on the ferries. She encourages them to keep a diary and Simon does so for the whole year from february 1958 till 30th August 1959.

He documents the progress of the bridge construction and the life of his family particularly his sensitive sister Linda who hates the cruelty to animals in the space race. i never thought of that at the time.

In the back are photographs of the bridge in various phases and the diary shows highlights of the construction. A timeline is given and this makes a very appealing novel for primary and intermediate students. Even better for older students like me who can look back at the good old days.

Well researched and told by Philippa Werry.