Johnny Magory and the Wild Water Race by Emma-Jane Leeson
Trip along the old canal and learn all about its amazing Irish heritage.
Johnny Magory and the Wild Water Race is the third book in the series of adventures of Johnny Magory.
Join in the excitement of the Johnny Magory adventures and meet his little sister, Lily-May.
Johnny Magory, his trusty dog Ruairi and Dusty the old barge horse make a mighty Irish team for the wild water race with Mr Otter, Heron, the Duck family and many more exciting friends.
Daddy told Johnny not to go wandering and come back late but has Johnny forgotten to do as he was told?
Johnny Magory and the Wild Water Race was inspired by the Grand Canal in Kildare. Pack and picnic and go visit.
“I’ll tell you a story about Johnny Magory”.
Growing up in Ireland, each and every night Emma-Jane Leeson’s Mammy and Daddy told her “a story about Johnny Magory”.
These ‘made-up’ tales were usually derived from whatever sort of harm and devilment EJ had got up to that day and she couldn’t wait for bedtime for her mother to read a book and her father to tell her a story about what Johnny had done too!
Based on the old Irish rhyme “I’ll tell you a story about Johnny McGory. WIll I begin it? That’s all that’s in it!”, her father’s storytelling ensured EJ and her siblings went to sleep excited about their next “adventure” in the morning.
Three decades later, this inspired Emma-Jane Leeson to write down a few stories and bring Johnny McGory to the next generation (and indulged her passion for little people with big imaginations, writing and wildlife as well!)