Junkyard Jack and the Horse that Talked

Jack is a very small and bendy boy. So small and bendy that he can hide inside his own school bag! Jack’s mum is in prison for theft and he’s never met his dad, so he is forced to stay in a windowless cupboard in drippy Aunt Violet’s house with his smelly Uncle Ted and evil cousin Kelly. But his favourite thing to do is to escape to Old Mr. Mudge’s junkyard and ride the horses, Lightning and Boadicea the Shetland pony. Events conspire and he accidentally runs away, finding himself on an adventure to free his mum from prison – with the help of Boadicea and a host of talking animals.

Adrian Edmondson will be familiar to many as the star of popular TV shows such as Bottom and The Young Ones. Famed for his anarchic comedic style, Edmondson brings his zany and hilarious touch to this, his second novel for children after the rather excellent Tilly and the Time Machine.

Junkyard Jack is full of memorable characters, both virtuous and villainous, and plenty of exciting scrapes and capers. It also manages to address some more serious issues such as Jack’s dyslexia and coping with an absent parent. Yet a light and humorous tone is maintained throughout making this a joyful and satisfying read.

Accompanied by charming and quirky ink illustrations from Danny Noble which beautifully capture the personalities of every character, including the wonderful Boadicea, Junkyard Jack and the Horse that Talked is a complete delight from start to finish.