Jackson Jones: The Tale of a Boy, an Elf, and a Very Stinky Fish by Jenn Kelly tells the story of Jackson, an average ten-year-old boy who has just moved and doesn’t have any friends at his new school. He likes to write and dreams of having adventures, but he doesn’t think he has any chance of ever becoming a hero—until he falls into Great Aunt Harriett’s very, very big hair. There, Jackson meets an elf, has multiple adventures, and hears consistent references to an Author who made everything and has a plan for him.
This juvenile novel flows easily and has characters that are easy for kids to relate to. Kelly sometimes uses words younger readers may not understand, but she always follows the words with humorous definitions so that kids will not become confused. The plot has numerous unpredictable twists and Kelly’s sense of humor adds to this sense of unpredictability.
Kids reading this story will learn the truth of Psalm 139:14—“I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” They will also learn that God has a story He has written just for them in which they are the heroes and heroines. Jackson Jones is appropriate for children in upper elementary school and junior high, but if parents choose to read it to their children, they, too, will find themselves enjoying it. – Ruth Anne Burrell, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
All Jackson wants is to be the hero, just for once in his life. The hero who steps in at the last minute to save the universe. The hero who saves the entire village from a raging fire. Great Aunt Harriett is always telling him find his own story, but so far his story doesn't seem very exciting.
Until he falls into Great Aunt Harriett's hair, that is. There Jackson will encounter a world of elves, trap doors, bubblegum-blowing birds, hairy-backed spiders, kangaroo meat, and perilous danger which requires … a hero.