Johnny's in the Basement

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Johnny's in the Basement
JohnnysInTheBasement.jpg
First p/b edition
Author Louis Sachar
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Knopf (h/b)
Avon Books (p/b)
Publication date
1981
Pages 128
ISBN 0-679-90411-5

Johnny's in the Basement is a children's novel by the author Louis Sachar, the author of the National Book Award and Newbery Medal winning novel, Holes.[1] This book was published in 1981, by Knopf. It is Sachar's second book (Sideways Stories from Wayside School was his first, in 1979).[2] The book's title is a reference to the song "Subterranean Homesick Blues" by Bob Dylan, which begins with the line "Johnny's in the basement mixing up the medicine."

Reception[edit]

The book remained popular for many years.[3][4] According to WorldCat, the book is held in 446 libraries.[5]

Reviewers consider the book "full of sly humor,"[6] and "another corker"[7] It is also described as "a preadolescent way to show contempt for adults' exploitation."[8] Eventually they[who?] remade the book in 2004 with the same plot. A film named Johnny's in the Basement was planned, but it was canceled on May 2, 2003.

Plot summary[edit]

Johnny, who has just turned 11 years old, goes in the basement where nobody bothers him. His parents want him to grow up and go to dance class.[9] They also want Johnny to get rid of his bottle cap collection. At dance class Johnny meets a girl named Valerie who also hates dance class, but likes Johnny. Johnny sells his bottle cap collection, and he and Valerie spend the $86.33 they receive for it on miscellaneous impractical items.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bernice E. Cullinan, Diane Goetz Person, "Sachar" Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature New York : Continuum, 2005 Google Books excerpt
  2. ^ http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/s/louis-sachar/johnnys-in-basement.htm
  3. ^ Barbara Strickland, "Louis Sachar: Top of His Class" Austin Chronicle Feb 20, 1999 [1]
  4. ^ Jean Nash Johnson, "The kids dig him" Dallas Morning News February 9, 2003 Newsbank
  5. ^ WorldCat book listing
  6. ^ Joan McGrath, Emergency Librarian, cited in: "Louis Sacher, Biographical Essay," Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Volume 35. Gale Group, 2000. access from Austin Public Library
  7. ^ Publisher's Weekly, cited in: "Louis Sacher, Biographical Essay," Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Volume 35. Gale Group, 2000. access from Austin Public Library
  8. ^ Jack Forman, School Library Journal, cited in: "Louis Sacher, Biographical Essay," Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Volume 35. Gale Group, 2000. access from Austin Public Library
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-10-05. Retrieved 2017-11-05.