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Reviewed by Soumya Sreehari for Readers' Favorite
Imagine a young boy shunned by his schoolmates finding new adventures in underground worlds and faraway planets! That is exactly what happens to Jimmy in Wallace E Briggs’ brilliant book, The Amazing Adventures of Jimmy Crikey. Jimmy is a young boy with unusual features – bright red hair, a snub nose, and enormous feet. He lives with his loving aunt since his parents died when he was a baby. He is bullied at school and has no friends. One night he decides to run away and find a place that will accept him. A host of exciting adventures await him. He finds love, acceptance, and adventures in 3 different worlds – one underground, another in a group of caves, and the final one in a faraway planet in outer space.
The Amazing Adventures of Jimmy Crikey is splendidly written with generous doses of action, humor, and love. Wallace Briggs takes us on a journey as Jimmy discovers his sense of self and finds appreciation. Jimmy travels to worlds that are treats of a fertile imagination. He thrives in a sense of adventure and finds the value of human connections. As I followed Jimmy’s journey through the worlds, I was enamored by his experiences. The kind people and friendly witches of Roombelow, the fair-trading Diamites, and the technologically advanced Attalia – I experienced them all. The beautiful illustrations were a bonus treat. It is a heart-warming story of a young boy who goes in search of belonging and finds so much more. The warmth and spirit of the story can be enjoyed by children and grownups alike.