Jonny Plumb's New Adventures

Children - Preteen
172 Pages
Reviewed on 08/03/2013
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Author Biography

Kim Wheeler was born at University College Hospital, London in 1954 and was promptly abandoned by his birth mother. He was then taken into care by the local authority and moved south of the river to a children’s home in Lewisham where he spent the next five years. He was eventually fostered and adopted aged six and moved to Pinner, and at the age of eleven was sent away to attend a boarding school leaving aged fifteen, with few qualifications.

Over the next thirty years he suffered from several physical injuries, survived meningitis and, finally disabled with an incurable spine injury, was ordered to cease all types of manual work. Mental health issues and complete breakdown soon ensued. You can read all about this in his book, ‘Climb Mountains in the Dark’ which was free to download from his web page, along with, ‘Rescue Dogs Rescue Man’ - the proceeds from just Rescue Dogs Rescue Man have been donated to charity.
Kim is also a self taught photographer, a writer of over one hundred published poems and prose, a dog trainer and dog rescuer. He has also learnt to play the guitar, but sadly the sound he makes resembles a horse eating shreddies.
Despite being battle scarred he refuses steadfastly to be beaten by any of the many trials and continues to face daily battles with all the physical pains without complaint. Through the love and the walking of his rescue dogs, attending the gym and writing he has found contentment in his varied life that seemed almo

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Jonny Plumb's New Adventures by Kim Wheeler is an adventure story starring Jonny Plumb. The story takes off from Jonny's previous adventures with the Silver Flying Arrow Space Ship. Jonny's sea life friends, his space home Pashoo, his struggle to save Earth, humanity and the oceans is the story line of this new adventure.

The book is like any other adventure series with a lot of imagination, action, and fantasy put into it. It is combination of fantasy/science fiction, which many kids will love. The Silver Flying Arrow Space Ship, Professor Ziad, Cosmos the surviving alien, and Jonny's two loyal companions, Legend and Legion, all add to the dream-like quality of the story.

I liked this book because of the educational theme, too. Jonny's philanthropic mission speaks about the human angle. It's important to have children's story books with a strong theme. Also, children are highly imaginative and they always think outside the box. These types of stories also aid in developing their imagination and thought.

The language is rich. There are many novel things one can learn. The dreamer inside you will awaken once you finish reading this book. Adventure series still continue to hold a child's interest and Jonny's exploits are just that.

Lorraine Carey

The Adventures of Johnny Plumb is will have young audiences in its grip even in the opener as a young and confused orphan boy arrives at a very mysterious new home where magic begins to show its face. You can’t but help but fall in love with this character as he is clumsy , always falling and seems that he has just woken up to all the wonders of the world- and a strange one that it is!

Jonny finds himself in a fantasy world here as he meets mysterious friends that pop out of nowhere, not to mention even when he is in the bath! I love the names of some of the characters, such as Nanny Noo and Doctor Doughnut. I can just hear all the giggles of children as they will be either reading this story or having it read to them.

There is a serious message here for children also about being a special child, such as orphaned and ones that have a ‘gift’.

The story is paced very quickly to hold the younger readers attention. A mysterious ‘Golden Globe’ holds many secrets for Johnny and one very big one that has quite a ‘shock value’ for readers.

Kim Wheeler is a master at fantasy as it surely makes itself known in this one. The use of rhyme as we know catches the child’s ear and memory. This is surely one story that is a must for every home with a young child from ages five through ten.