HarperCollins Publishers just sent me a new book to review: Johnny and the Bomb by Terry Pratchett. (Actually, I’ve received a few this week, but this is the one I started reading first, thanks to the encouragement of my daughter.)
I’ve enjoyed the writing of Pratchett, author of the humorous alternate universe Discworld series, for some time now, as evidenced in my Ten Favorite Books post a while back. Until HarperCollins surprised me with this review copy, however, I was unaware that he had written any novels geared towards youth. Apparently he not only writes for readers of all ages, but he has been awarded The Carnegie Medal, Britain’s highest honor for a children’s novel, for his book The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents.
Now that my oldest daughter is beginning to enjoy books “with chapters” and “no pictures,” I will definitely have to add Pratchett to the list. This promises to be a genre we can both enjoy. Keep an eye out for my upcoming review of Johnny and the Bomb soon.
Johnny and the Bomb’s been out for years. Maybe this is its first US publication?
Love Pratchett. Ironically, most of his novels, although they are indeed pictureless, do not in fact have chapters.
Yes, it is a reprint. This newest version will be released in the U.S. in April 2008. I will post a review soon, since many people, such as myself, had not previously discovered his collection of youth books.
Some of the funniest scenes are when he pokes fun at us Yanks with his typical British Pratchett humor. Priceless!