The Amazing Adventures of Jimmy Crikey

Children - Adventure
302 Pages
Reviewed on 07/29/2020
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Author Biography

Now retired after a long career in technical sales (toxic gas analysers) we now live in on the outskirts of a beautiful rural English county in the North (Lancashire).
Jimmy Crikey was born many years ago during a rainy family, seaside holiday, to entertain my young son and his new found beach friends during a rainy afternoon. Cramped into a beach tent the story grew during several showers. Jimmy only hit the written page 20 years later and I hope that even more children will enjoy the adventures of this unusual, orphaned boy.

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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.