Zeb and the Great Ruckus

“This is a story made from pieces of all the dreams that you had when you were asleep, but then forgot when you woke up.”

Hello! You are reading this in order to determine whether or not this book will be of interest to you! Well, congratulations, you obviously have fabulous taste!

Zeb and the Great Ruckus is a story about magic, music, fireworks, bewilderbeasts, clockwork birds and weaponised toffee. It has some funny bits, some scary bits, some sad bits, and a rather large bit about a cave-dwelling Ruttersnarl which we would tell you about but we don’t want to give away the ending. If you like the sounds of any or all of the above, then this is the book for you! If you would rather read a complete history of European haberdashery, please consult your local book emporium.

Josh Donellan is an author, poet, musician, music journalist, teacher, voice actor and event manager. He was almost devoured by a tiger in the jungles of Malaysia, nearly died of a lung collapse in the Nepalese Himalayas and once fended off a pack of rabid dogs with a guitar in the mountains of India. He has an unnatural fondness for scrabble and an irrational dislike of frangipanis.


ISBN: 978-0987232533

Category: Junior Fiction

Trade paperback: 158 pages

Publication Date: 15 September 2012

RRP: AU $17.95 / US $16.95 (paperback) | $3.99 (ebook)

Author website: www.jmdonellan.com


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“Crazy. Nutty. Completely wacky. Fantastically unique! I absolutely loved this story. Books like this are the reason I read.” ***** (Books for Kids)

“Tim Burton and Baz Luhrmann should team up and make this into a film. I haven’t read anything so FUN and NUTS in ages. I’m naming Joshua Donnellan, Roald Dahl’s alter-ego; the guy that accidentally got into the medicine cabinet.” ***** (Jessica Bell, author of The String Bridge)

“Metaphors and similes are scattered all over this book – in every page, in fact – like pearls in a beautiful ocean, like the stars in the perfect sky! They are musical, magical!” ***** (Vidya Tiru)