Germy Johnson’s Piano War

2 March 2012

Germy Johnson’s Piano War
by Alison Lohans
Illustrations by A.E. Matheson
Published by aemworks Publishing
Review by Michelle Shaw
$7.95 ISBN 978-0-9784974-3-9

Germy Johnson is back and this time he’s fighting a new battle against a killer piano. Who would have thought piano lessons could be so dangerous?

JJ “Germy” Johnson, the engaging hero of award-winning author Alison Lohans, Germy Johnson’s Secret Plan, is back with a new adventure. This time, JJ’s parents are forcing him to take piano lessons, which are proving to be hazardous to his health. To be perfectly honest, piano lessons also take up valuable time when he could be battling cyber-pterodactyls or man-eating sharks on his game system. But his parents just won’t see his point of view. So JJ is forced to take drastic action.

Regina-based Lohan is clearly well versed in the agonies involved in childhood piano lessons. In addition to having sons of her own, she also has a BA in Music Education and has taught numerous young children to play an instrument over the years. Luckily for us, she also has the talent, wit and storytelling ability to create animated and distinctive characters and a narrative that successfully captures the anguish of JJ as he battles his youthful dilemmas.

All our favorite characters from the first Germy Johnson book are back including JJ’s kitten Scallywag and even Aunt Pru, who invites JJ’s archenemy, the school bully Shaun, to supper at JJ’s house. What was she thinking?

I found the story delightful and funny. This easy-to-read early chapter book is sure to be as well received as its predecessor.


One Comment

  • aemworks Publishing 23 April 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Lovely review. Thank you. Would note though that the price for the book is $7.95. Thank you.