Jonny Plumb finds himself in all kinds of trouble when he is firstly accused of giving a footballer a bad case of Floppy Leg. Who then had to be carried into his home on a stretcher. When his wife saw him she fainted and squashed the cat, the cat ran away and hit a paraffin lamp!!!!
The BookViral Review:
The greatest adventures are the ones we never want to end and what better way to continue Kim Wheeler’s Jonny Plumb series than with Jonny Plumb and The Wonderful Secret. For children of a certain age, adventure is everything, the centre of their world, and Wheeler’s novels belong in that exclusive category of books capable of enthralling children and adults alike. On one level it’s because they fill a void that exists in all of us, on another it’s because Jonny and the ever loyal Legion and Legend are simply sublime characters, inhabiting a world where good means good and bad means something darker, with nothing in between. Combining humour and nonstop adventure is something Wheeler does particularly well, but this time around there’s a certain vulnerability that penetrates the deepest insecurities of our younger years. A gradual awakening to the fact that all things must end, and on this level Jonny’s search for the Elixir of Life takes on symbolic proportions. It’s a madcap, whimsical adventure with satisfaction to be had on every page, but for older readers who delve beneath the veneer of Wheeler’s words, it’s a poignant reminder of the escapism we were drawn to in our younger years; before we realised we needed somewhere to escape to.
A simply wonderful series and a story that lingers long beyond the last page turned. Jonny Plumb and The Wonderful Secret is Kim Wheeler doing what he does best. A must read for the weeks ahead, it is highly recommended.