Samuel Johnson - with a little help from his dachshund, Boswell, and a very unlucky demon named Nurd - has sent the demons back to Hell. But the diabolical Mrs Abernathy is not one to take defeat lying down. When she reopens the portal and sucks Samuel and Boswell down into the underworld, she brings an ice-cream van full of dwarfs as well. And two policemen. Can this eccentric gang defeat the forces of Evil? And is there life after Hell for Nurd?
©2011 John Connolly (P)2011 ISIS Publishing Ltd
I like the Charlie Parker series, but they are a bit involved for day to day reading. So when I saw there was a kids series I thought that might be the solution, and I was right, sort of.
When I can only listen for half an hour at lunch time the story is easy to pick up, but it's really hard to put down and go back to work...
As to it being for children, they would have to be very bright, older children because there are some very in depth ideas covered in the books, stuff many adults I know would struggle with. For the under twelves I am working with I will stick to Roald Dahl and David Walliams, although even that has to be edited for the younger ones - unless you want to explain what dad is doing hiding dirty magazines...
Sorry, getting off topic there. I had read the first book years ago but have only now decided to re-start and continue with the full series, and I am really pleased I did!
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