Johnny Nothing by Ian Probert



My rating:  4  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

WARNING: This book will seriously damage your funny bone. The poorest boy in school has just inherited £1 million. But there is a catch: If he can hold on to his cash for a whole year he will earn ten times that amount. Enter Felicity MacKenzie, the ugliest, sweatiest, vilest, cruelest, hairiest mother in the western world. When she steals her son’s money and goes on the spending spree to end all spending sprees it seems that Johnny Nothing will stay poor forever. However, Johnny has a plan – he will imprison his parents and force them to do homework and go to bed early as punishment. Join Johnny Nothing, Bill and Ben the bouncer men, Ebenezer Dark and a cast of literally dozens in (probably) the funniest book you will (most likely) ever read in (some of) your lifetime. Learn why solicitors like handbags; why dead people are windier than the North Sea; why parents dislike electrocution; and what happens to you after you die. Johnny Nothing: Book 01 in a series of less than two from best-selling author Ian Probert.


My Opinion

The book introduces you to its protagonist, Johnny, a boy who has nothing, his just deceased uncle Marley, his parents,  and his solicitor, Ebenezer Dark. Johnny has to realise that it is not easy to deal with your inheritance if your parents have other goals. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Johnny Nothing, Ian Probert has created a fun story, including witty wordplay, and a little food for thought. Johnny Nothing is an entertaining read for kids and adult readers.  😀

This is a book to read again.


About the author

Ian Probert has been scribbling down words ever since he learned to spell the phrase: ‘Once upon a time…’. He is the author of Internet Spy, Rope Burns and a bunch of other titles. Internet Spy was a bestseller in the US and made into a TV film. Rope Burns is a book about why books shouldn’t be written about boxing. Ian has also written things for a shed load of newspapers and magazines. When Ian was a student he used to write lots of letters to the bank manager.


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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Johnny Nothing?  Or – if you did not yet read Johnny Nothing – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Johnny Nothing was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂



6 thoughts on “Johnny Nothing by Ian Probert

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  2. This book sounds delightful. The premise of $1mill now and $10 in a year is of interest to me today because I am writing a post about the marshmallow test! Similar idea, but just one marshmallow, two if you can wait!

    • It is hilarious, Norah.
      In Germany, they show TV spots for ‘kinder Überraschungs-Eier’ (surprise eggs: it is a chocolate egg, inside is a toy), the concept: a young woman leads a child into a room. There is one of these surprise chocolate eggs on the table. She tells the kid something like this: If you are patient, i.e. the egg is still there (not eaten) on my return – you’ll get a second one…

      • Yes. That’s just like the marshmallow test – the subject of my next post!! Those kinder eggs are available over here too. Yum!

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