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The Magic Elevator: The Adventures of Johnny & Joey Paperback – 17 Oct 2005
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Pol McShane adds a clever twist to how children can lose all track of time and end up in trouble with their parents. He takes Johnny and Joey to Imagination Land, Animal Land, and finally, to Mythology Land, where they meet Norse Gods, Odin and Balder, and a host of strange creatures.
At the end of this book, children and adults alike will say, "More, please!" ~Shelagh Watkins
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Johnny and Joey's backyard is half what your backyard looks like and half woods, which makes playing around in the backyard more of an adventure. One day the boys decide to dig a tunnel to their friends' backyards so they don't have walk in the busy streets. As they dig, one of the boys hits something that sounds like metal. After clearing away piles of dirt, the boys discover an elevator buried in their backyard. What the boys don't know is that this elevator is magic.
McShane does a wonderful job painting the adventures Johnny and Joey have after they learn the secret on how to use the magic elevator. Each place the boys visit comes to life with the detail and images McShane describes. Kids will be lost in hours of reading as they travel to Imagination Land, Animal Land, and Mythology Land with Johnny and Joey.
Children will also relate to the boys as their parents get upset when they can't find them and the boys have a hard time explaining where they have been all day. After all, what parent would believe their kids found a magic elevator that took them to worlds beyond our own!
The Magic Elevator is the first book in The Adventures of Johnny and Joey.
Before J.K. Rowlings' Harry and the burgeoning Manga characters being mass-produced by the Japanese, children's stories were sweet tales of non-violent adventure wherein Good always triumphed and everyone lived happily ever after. These were stories children could drift into pleasant dreams about and think of the characters as friends. Thankfully, there are still gifted storytellers providing such wholesome reading material. With The Magic Elevator:The adventures of Johnny and Joey, Pol McShane has provided an excellent story time adventure that will surely win the hearts of children and parents everywhere.
McShane introduces two wonderful new playmates, mischievous brothers Johnny and Joey, who are very much like all the other boys and girls their age. They're happy and fun loving, but don't always obey their parents and occasionally bend the truth. And fortunately for them they have loving parents who care enough to enforce appropriate punishments when rules are broken. But Johnny and Joey have a secret that even the threat of being sent to bed without supper isn't enough to get them to reveal
One day, while the boys are digging a tunnel from their back yard to a neighbor's house, they discover a truly remarkable treasure. Buried deep in the ground is a miraculous contraption, a magic elevator. Inside are hundreds and hundreds of numbered buttons, one ominously marked "... Don't ever ever ever push this button!" Though they do heed that warning they cannot resist pushing one of the others, and are suddenly off on an adventure they could never have imagined. Instead of just simply going up and down, this elevator carries Johnny and Joey to magical new lands. Whether it's to a world where anything is possible if you use your imagination or to a kingdom where animals talk as plainly as you or I, Johnny and Joey discover new places, new friends and important new things about themselves and each other. Unfortunately not everything is always perfect in these fantastic lands. In Animal Land, the brothers meet up with a surprising pair of Ostriches, a charming little fellow named Skizz and Drib, a hummingbird with a riddle for a name. Before they must rush home for supper, the brothers come to the aid of the king, but must deal with the tragic death of a friend.
Pol McShane has created such wonderfully real and believable characters that one is instantly caught up in these enchanting tales, and Johnny and Joey experience the real life emotions of sadness, remorse, a little anxiety and fear, and lots of happiness and excitement that every child experiences, so that children will quickly identify with these two boys. Parents will appreciate the fact that these are not impossible superheroes or unbelievable characters with special powers, but rather true to life friends for their children to meet whose unusual adventures can be used to open discussions about situations that they may have to face, and help their children deal with such issues in their own lives.
The Magic Elevator, is written in a simple but fast paced style that will make it a sure winner with the older children who enjoying reading to themselves, but is also designed to be an exciting episodic story time favorite for younger children or anyone who enjoys having an exciting tale read to them.
Where will The Magic Elevator end up next, and will Johnny and Joey ever know what the red button with the warning is for? Well, we'll all just have to wait and see. Pol McShane promises more exciting adventures to come and children everywhere will be anxiously waiting to see what mischief their new friends Johnny and Joey will get into next. McShane has the enviable ability to capture a child's imagination, and The Magic Elevator:The Adventures of Johnny and Joey is a wonderful showcase for this gifted storyteller's unique talent. Hopefully, the adventures will continue for a long, long time. Reviewed by R. deVoll Fisher, author of Caleb's Branch for Cheers E-zine, March 2006
Pol McShane has written an adventure story that will have every child and adult hanging on to every word and flipping pages to see what adventure lays in store for the brothers next. Mr. McShane writes with great detail, you feel like you are watching a movie, not reading a book. You feel as if you are there taking part in the brothers adventures.
As the brothers partake in each of the adventures in the book with Mr. McShane's vivid depiction written so well, you can close your eyes and feel the elevator vibrate, you can feel the fire from the three-headed dragon on your face, the fear inside the brothers as they meet Teron. And the excitement builds each time the elevator doors close, you cannot wait to go on another adventure with the brother's
The Magic Elevator-The Adventures of Johnny and Joey is destined to be a children's adventure classic. A book that every child will have to have and every parent will be proud to buy. Not only for their children to read but to read themselves, and reminisce about their own childhood adventures.
In the words of my three year old niece when asked by her mother if she enjoyed the book, "Yes, it made me happy" was her reply .This book rates a five out of five stars by me and my niece. And we both thank Mr. McShane for the adventure to got to share together.