Books

The Adventures of Jonnie Rocket - Original

KS1 Rocketeer

This book is a sprint through a child’s imagination. The drawings explode onto the pages and draw the reader into the excitement of a day Jonnie cannot wait to spend on his trusty bike. The transformation of bike to rocket, subsequent battle with space pirates and landing on a strange planet all happens at pace keeping the reader engrossed. The comic book style compliments the story perfectly.

The Adventures of Jonnie Rocket is available in paperback from all good book shops.

ISBN: 978-0-9573035-0-8

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Saga 1 - The Ride of Terror

KS2 Rocketeer

Once more Dr Avatar has called upon Jonnie Rocket.
This time his mission is to save the ‘Ride of Terror’!
Will he succeed, or have the troublemakers gone too far this time?
Is a disaster inevitable?
Will the Ripple Effect echo around the school corridors for years to come..?

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ISBN: 978-0-9573035-2-2





Saga 2 - The Space Lobes

KS2 Rocketeer

Jonnie crashes on Planet Cranium and has an exciting adventure with the Space Lobes!

‘The Adventures of Jonnie Rocket – The Space Lobes’ is available in paperback from all good book shops.

ISBN: 978-0-9573035-1-5

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Saga 3 - The Sea of Sargoss

KS2 Rocketeer

Dr Avatar sends Jonnie to Sargoss, which is facing an ecological disaster of devastating proportions! Can he survive the universe?

ISBN: 978-0-9573035-3-9

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Review of the books by a Teacher

To many children, reading a book can be a daunting task. Block text can appear intimidating, making it more of a chore than a pleasure to read for some young people. I often describe it as like trying to eat a baguette - it needs to be cut into small, bite-sized chunks before it can be happily consumed. That is the beauty of the Jonnie Rocket design; the text is simple, clearly presented and easy to follow for children who are transitioning from readers to more complex literature.

The author introduces some advanced vocabulary in a way that the reader can easily deduce its meaning from the context of the sentence or eye-catching, accompanying images. This is a proven and effective way of learning and remembering new words. Teachers know that dry-learning vocabulary is very limited in its effectiveness, but when children learn to figure out the meanings of words themselves, they are more readily absorbed.

The use of exciting adjectives, colourful verbs and sound-effects encourage children to become more creative with their own language.

On a pastoral level, the Jonnie Rocket series explores important  moral, social and ecological topics in an engaging and inspiring way, at a time when readers will be investigating these themes at school. The ability to understand the issues and resolutions being encountered by a literary character and transposing them to other situations is a skill encouraged by teachers as it fosters empathy and a wider understanding of the world.

I would recommend the Jonnie Rocket series for students from year 6 (or more advanced year 5), due to some of the more complex vocabulary. Or for academic reading level Entry 3+.

Rachel Flynn Delargy - Teacher
Newbury, Berkshire

 

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