Saturday, October 18, 2014

Review: The Complete Adventures of Johnny Mutton by James Proimos

It's hard being the only sheep in class. Even so, Johnny Mutton refuses to follow the herd. His sweet sense of humor, sheer delight in life's simple pleasures, and unexpected triumphs are the stuff of legend. Whatever the adventure, Johnny's incredible zest for all that is ordinary showcases why he's so him--and why no one can resist his zany charm. Johnny will tickle your funny bone--and leave you wondering just what he'll think of next.
Fans of Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants will have a new laugh-aloud hero to root for in this collection full of zany illustrations, jokes, and wild fun.
I thought Captain Underpants was an entertaining book, so after reading the blurb for this book, I decided to give Johnny Mutton a try.

In The Complete Adventures of Johnny Mutton, readers get to know Johnny, a young lamb who was raised by a human, as well as his momma, his friend Gloria, and his nemesis Mandy.

The book is a compilation of three Johnny Mutton books, so there's plenty here to read.

The comparison to Captain Underpants is valid in a way. It has the same, silly humor and feel to it, but Johnny is nicer and sweeter than the main characters in Captain Underpants. Johnny is a pretty endearing character and even when he's being naughty and doing things that would annoy you in real life, on paper, it's actually quite amusing. I think that's why Johnny is such an easy character to cheer for.

Kids will love Johnny's antics, but personally, aside from the interesting variations in panel sizes, layout and presentation, I liked the Where Are They Now part.

The illustrations style wasn't for me, though, but I did like that the ARC I received was in full color.

Thanks to NetGalley and HMH Books for Young Readers for the e-ARC.


  1. Johnny is a likable character.
  2. The stories are funny, but some of them have good lessons for kids too.
  3. There are plenty of stories to read.


  1. The illustration style might not appeal to everyone.


  1. You like books with silly humor.
  2. You like books like Captain Underpants.
  3. Your child likes reading comic books.



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