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'Can all animals talk?' Jack asked.

'Well, of course they can,' said Boadicea the Shetland Pony. 'We're not idiots, you know.'

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Jack is a very small and bendy boy. So small and bendy, that he can hide inside his own school bag!

Other than bending and hiding, his favourite thing to do is to go to Old Mr Mudge's junkyard and ride the horses, Lightning and Boadicea.

It's definitely better than going home to his drippy Aunt Violet, smelly Uncle Ted and evil cousin Kelly.

But when he (accidentally) runs away, he finds himself on an adventure to free his mum from prison- with the help of a lot of talking animals!

Filled with excitement, fun and far too much horse poo, this is the hilarious new story from national treasure Ade Edmondson, author of Tilly and the Time Machine .

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9780141372495
  • ISBN: 9780141372495
  • Pub Date: 18th June 2018
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 256

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31st July '18
I read it to Radley1 aged 5 aged 5 & to Radley2 aged 5 aged 5
Junkyard Jack and the Horse That Talked 9780141372495
5 stars
The children loved this book read it over a few days and there was a few laugh out loud moments.The book was diverse. different and sad at times which gave them food for thought and lots of questions.
15th July '18
Four Lanes Junior School read it themselves aged 7 to 11
Junkyard Jack and the Horse That Talked 9780141372495
5 stars
Talking Animals

I recommend this book to older children as there is some complicated language and sad parts. It is all about the talking animals that help Jack, who has run away from home (well his drippy Aunt Violet, farting Uncle Ted and horrible cousin Kelly). There is a talking horse called Boadicea who Jack is especially fond of. This is a great book! 

Sofia (aged 9)


I liked this book because Jack acted really heroic and brave. It’s a great book for people with good imaginations and who love horses. I liked the ending because he got to buy a farm and keep the talking horse. I didn’t like it when Mr Mudge died or that Jack’s mum was in prison. I would recommend this book to everyone. 

Elena (aged 9)


Funny with a scoop of giggles on top

This book is funny and exciting, with a couple of sad moments. I would recommend it for children aged 7-12 years. My favourite character was Mr Mudge who was funny and kind. In the story Jack Sampson is the main character, he is cheeky and daring but has had an upsetting life. I was really pleased he found his happy ending. 

Olivia (aged 9)


It’s a whole other world! 

I think lots of children would like this book, with its talking animals and fun characters. This book is perfect entertainment with the funny illustrations. You will not want to put it down once you start it - I didn’t! 

Edward (aged 8)


Lots of funny instruments 

I really enjoyed this book, it was hilarious. There is a smelly uncle that doesn’t care about Jack and his poor mother is locked up behind bars. Jack’s friend Mr Mudge is an old man with two horses (Lightning and best of all the brilliant Boadicea). She kept a big secret from Jack - she could talk! Unfortunately there are some sad moments but that is what makes this story fantastic. 

Beth (aged 9)

A fun packed adventure

This book is very funny and enjoyable for ages 7-10 years. My favourite character is Boadicea because she can talk and she is very moody. It does contain some sad moments but it has a happy ending. I would give it 5/5 stars. 

Amelia (aged 9)


This small boy called Jack runs away from his Aunt Violet and stinky Uncle Ted and he meets a talking horse. His mission is to prove his mum is innocent with help from his friends from the animal kingdom. I really liked it when the animals told Jack that they let humans think that they are in control. My favourite characters were the squirrel as he was funny and was in charge of the other animals and Boadicea because she was moody but hilarious. I don’t think the front cover does it justice but otherwise, it’s an amazing book. 

Samuel (aged 10)
15th August '18
I read it to Hstar aged 10 aged 10 & to Jemt aged 8 aged 8
Junkyard Jack and the Horse That Talked 9780141372495
5 stars
We loved this book from the start it follows Jack who doesn't really fit in at school or at home with his Aunt and Uncle.  The only place he is happy is at the junkyard.  It follows the adventure he goes on with the horse he befriends.  The story has lots of humour mixed with some sad scenes that children can relate too.  We couldn't put this book down and read it in a few days.  We will definitely read the other book by Ade Edmondson.
24th July '18
I read it to Layla123 aged 9 aged 9
Junkyard Jack and the Horse That Talked 9780141372495
5 stars
This was the first Adrian Edmondson book we've read, it was fantastic! Finished within one day she couldn't put it down, really great story a little sad at times but truly great. highly recommend this book, it was really good.
8th August '18
SPSpupils read it themselves aged 4 to 11
Junkyard Jack and the Horse That Talked 9780141372495
5 stars
This is the story of Jack. He was lonely and his mum was in prison but his mum was really innocent. He lives with his horrible uncle who does lots of farts. Jack meets a nice, old man called Mr Mudge at the Junkyard and they become friends. Mr Mudge dies. Then Jack discovers he can talk to Mr Mudge’s pony called Boadicea. Boadicea tries to helps Jack get his mum out of prison.

The book was funny because the characters were funny. I liked the squirrel called Mr Nutcase the best and I laughed at the picture of his muscles! I thought the pictures were amazing. I liked the exciting ending of the book. 

My Mum read this book to me when it was the school holidays but I read some bits to her. It was a good idea to put some of the words in big, bold letters because then you knew when to shout. 

I think kids aged 8-11 would like this book. I now want to read Tilly and the Time machine by the same author. 

Reviewed by Finn aged 8
12th July '18
Dandelion934 read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Junkyard Jack and the Horse That Talked 9780141372495
5 stars
This is a funny book. There's a boy called Jack, who meets lots of different animals, and they all talk. My favourite character was the horse called Boadicea. I like her because she is a good partner to the horse called Lightning, and she is really nice to Jack and the animals. The horses live some stables in a junkyard in the centre of a town. There is a man called Old Mr Mudge who lives in the junkyard too. The horses ran away from the junkyard because of workers. The funniest part was when the workers were trying to catch Boadicea but she ran away and was really quick and kicked them over! There are lots of pictures in the book, I liked them. There are one or two sad bits. It's a good book, it made me feel happy and I want to read it again.
4th September '18
I read it to Bobbin aged 10 aged 10 & to Piglet aged 6 aged 6
Junkyard Jack and the Horse That Talked 9780141372495
3 stars
Junkyard Jack is about a boy whose mother is in jail (for a crime she claims not to have committed). He lives with his Aunt her cruel husband and their mean daughter who do not provide him with a warm and loving home environment. On top of this, Jack has dyslexia, so he has quite a lot to deal with.

Jack decides to run away from his, and on his way meets a talking horse. And so the adventures begin...

While my six year old loved this (and my ten year old was soon listening in each night, this book didn't grab my attention. I was expecting something much more funny, along the lines perhaps of Roald Dahl, David Williams or Andy Stanton, and... it felt a bit average. There are so many good books out there for children that perhaps this doesn't quite live up to what we have got use to. Having said that, my children loved it, and really they are the target market, not me!
4th September '18
I read it to Bobbin aged 10 aged 10 & to Piglet aged 6 aged 6
Junkyard Jack and the Horse That Talked 9780141372495
3 stars
Junkyard Jack is about a boy whose mother is in jail (for a crime she claims not to have committed). He lives with his Aunt her cruel husband and their mean daughter who do not provide him with a warm and loving home environment. On top of this, Jack has dyslexia, so he has quite a lot to deal with.

Jack decides to run away from his, and on his way meets a talking horse. And so the adventures begin...

While my six year old loved this (and my ten year old was soon listening in each night, this book didn't grab my attention. I was expecting something much more funny, along the lines perhaps of Roald Dahl, David Williams or Andy Stanton, and... it felt a bit average. There are so many good books out there for children that perhaps this doesn't quite live up to what we have got use to. Having said that, my children loved it, and really they are the target market, not me!
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About Adrian Edmondson

Theodor Seuss Geisel - better known to his millions of fans as Dr. Seuss - was born the son of a park superintendent in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1904. After studying at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, and later at Oxford University in England, he became a magazine humorist and cartoonist, and an advertising man. He soon turned his many talents t...

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