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Johnny and the Bomb [Hardcover]

Terry Pratchett
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4 April 1996
Everyone thinks that Mrs Tachyon is just the local bag lady, a bit smelly and a bit mad. But Mrs Tachyon is somehow at the centre of an amazing time travel facility. Johnny and his friends find themselves transported back 50 years, where no-one's ever heard of a biro, let alone a Big Mac.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (4 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385406703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385406703
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 812,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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"Enormously entertaining and contains more wry observations than you could shake a Heinkel at" (Daily Telegraph)

"Thrilling and impressively funny" (Mail on Sunday)

"Witty dialogue allied to thought-provoking ideas" (The School Librarian) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The third title in Terry Pratchett's terrific fantasy series starring Johnny Maxwell. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
In my opinion, Johnny and the Bomb is the best book in Terry Pratchett’s Johnny Maxwell trilogy. While classified as juvenile fiction, this book bears the strongest resemblance of the three to Pratchett’s Discworld ideas and characterizations, containing much more social commentary, satire, and sidesplitting comedy than Only You Can Save Mankind and Johnny and the Dead. For such a normal twelve-year-old kid, Johnny Maxwell has some amazing adventures. This time around, he becomes a time traveler. Old Mrs. Tachyon, whom we have met briefly earlier in the series, is now revealed to be something more than a crazy bag lady; she is a time-traveling crazy bag lady. When she turns up injured, Johnny and his friends summon an ambulance for her and take her trolley cart (complete with her ornery cat Guilty) to Johnny’s garage for safe keeping. Johnny notices that some of her bags seem to move of their own accord at times, and this discovery quickly leads to an episode of quite unexpected time travel.
The characters of Johnny’s remarkable friends are fleshed out in this novel to a much greater extent than they were in the previous two novels. Yo-less, a black kid, is less than pleased to find himself dubbed Sambo by the folks living in 1941, and the extremely forceful young Kirsten is almost as upset about being treated like a “little lady.” Johnny, for his part, often finds himself putting his sanity at risk by contemplating the ways and whims of time travel. I found this book to be hilarious; the time travel part of the tale is a little wild and crazy, but hypotheses about the different legs of the Trousers of Time is vintage Pratchett material. Old Mrs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By R Jacob
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This entire series (see Only You Can Save Mankind, and Johnny and The Dead) is so funny and imaginative that never mind the 'Childrens Book' classification, all ages will love it.
Here Johnny and freinds add a little time travel to their list of adventures, and find themselves in in thier home town, but in 1941! A world where girls should play with their dolls rather than worry about technical things which they can't understand, does not go down well with a 90's female.
And as for 'Yo Less' Johnny's black friend, imagine the suprise when the 1940's shopkeeper finds out that 'Sambo' does speak rather good English!
Again another classic combination of humour, imagination and subtle social comment from an author who in my opimion should have far more recognition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best of the Johnny series 18 Oct 2004
By Fred
Funny, insightful, it's probably the best of the johnny series (or is it Johnny and the bomb ?) and should appeal to readers of all ages. Anyway a great read and warmly recommended. From a reader who isn't even a native English speaker :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This is an amazing book.It may be a bit confusing but it is still lots of fun to read! If you like other Terry Pratchett books or if you liked 'Jonny and the Dead' you will love this. An essential buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Johnny and the Bomb just has to be the best out of all the Johnny series,partly because it helps you notice how children today have changed from children back in 1941,but mainly because it is so touching about how far Johnny will go to save his grandma from getting bombed.
My favourite character is Kirsty,because she is so good at judo and confident in herself!!!I think this book is really funny,but sad in parts too.
Johnny and the Bomb has recently been made into a three-part t.v series and it is just how i imagined the book to be,on a recent interview Terry Pratchett (the author) said it was just like walking into his head when he was writing the book!
I really reccomend this book to children (and adults as well!) adged 7 to whatever age!!!I thouroughly enjoyed it and if you like stories about the past with a twist the this is the book for you!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explore the trouser legs of time 20 Dec 2006
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One of a set of three, each book can be read as a stand alone novel or as part of the 'Johnny Trilogy', (although younger readers may not fully appreciate the 'space invader' references in 'Only you can save mankind'). Full of quirky humour and suitable for equally quirky 9ish year olds and up. Johnny Maxwell and his friends become unstuck in time and end up in 1941 Britain. One of them is separated from the rest and as a result creates a 'new trouser leg of time', resulting in a moral dilemma in the future, or is it the present? This book has a back story, a front story and a feasible explanation for eccentric bag ladies everywhere, (and their cats). My favourite book of the trilogy, where the characters of this series of books are fleshed out. Useful to upper juniors studying the differences between world war II Britain and the present day, in a relaxed kind of way. File under science fiction though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Surreal young teenage fiction 14 May 2014
By Sue
Pratchett takes the surreality of time travel theory to an extreme, as he explores his oft-mentioned theories about the trousers of time.

Johnny Maxwell and his friends do a bit of time travelling, aided by the strange supermarket trolley owned by the even stranger Mrs Tachyon. They find themselves in 1941, immediately prior to an air raid which Johnny had studied for a history project.

Not as funny as the Bromeliad trilogy, or as clever as Discworld, but I still found this eminently readable and decidedly mind-boggling. Three and a half stars, really.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny and the bomb
Johnny and the Bomb was chosen as the class book for year 6. I found I enjoyed it just as much as the children Avery easy read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
Pratchett moves away from Disc World offering us life through the eyes of a young boy called Johnny. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Colin Mcelhatton
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite of mine and good for all ages
This has to be one of the funniest books i have ever read and reread,ive lent it out so many time and never got it back that i now refuse to lend it to anyone.
Published 4 months ago by Teri
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story to read
This is a great story to read to your children.

I read this to my 8 year old, and we both enjoyed it. Great for adults and children alike!
Published 12 months ago by lesa
3.0 out of 5 stars Audio book
I find the Johnny series much better than any of Pratchett's Disc Worlds, but what lets them down on audio book is Two Tone Tony, he reads with no interest or passion, too obvious... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Smally
5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Pratchett - Johnny and the Bomb
I bought this because I am an avid Terry Pratchett fan and whilst I own all of the Discworld novels I have now bought all of his other books.
Published 15 months ago by Ned Ludgate
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
A good book not as good
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next one because this one is still a good book. Read more
Published 17 months ago by James King
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny and the Bomb
A brilliant book. I used to hate reading and this book had been on my bookshelf for a few years. I thought I might as well read the first chapter, and after I did I was hooked,... Read more
Published on 2 April 2012 by Matthew
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I was introduced to Johnny and the Bomb when a friend lent me her tapes for my son and his friend to listen to on a long car journey to France. Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2011 by Mrs. Jane Ea Hawthorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Histerically Funny at Times
We bought the audio cd of this story to listen to with our 10 yr old daughter and loved it so much we will now go away and read all the books in the series. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2010 by Mrs. Roma U. F. Cox
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