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‘LOUIS THE LAUGH’ BOOKS:



‘In Louis, Pete Johnson has created a boy who makes you laugh out loud.’ 
The Sunday Times





‘You really care about the characters and want to know how Louis’s adventures will pan out – while you laugh your socks off at the same time.’
The Book Trust





‘Pete Johnson is the unsung hero of entertaining writing, delighting both the proficient and reluctant reader.’
Ink Pellet


 

TOP OF THE CLASS
Pete's most popular books in schools



TRAITOR
Exciting thriller acclaimed for its anti-bullying themes. A highly popular class reader.

‘Pete Johnson’s skilfully written dialogue taking us into the story on the first page.’ 
The Bookseller

Book Club notes available on Traitor page.

 

 


HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS
Best-selling comedy about ‘parent fatigue,’ introduces Pete’s most popular character - Louis.
A highly popular class read.

Children who read it will chortle away, feel better about themselves and have lots of jokes to tell.’
The Sunday Times

 

 


THE GHOST DOG
Award-winning spooky tale about the power of imagination. A big favourite and great stimulus for creative writing.

‘An incredibly enjoyable book … from a very accomplished writer.’
Books for Keeps

 


HOW TO UPDATE YOUR PARENTS
Highly topical comedy about technology and social media addiction. Already proving a favourite with book groups.

‘How to Update your Parents provides a fresh outlook on the subject … in a thoroughly entertaining way.’
Lovereading4kids

 


DIARY OF AN (UN)TEENAGER
Brilliantly observed comedy about becoming a teenager. A highly popular class reader, great for reluctant readers.

‘This is a very promising look at the slightly uncomfortable transition phase between childhood and adolescence. A compelling read.’
Book Trust

 

 


TRUST ME, I'M A TROUBLEMAKER
Award-winning comedy about Archie, who thinks he’s too ‘mature’ for school. All the pupils find him unbearable especially Miranda, the class trouble-maker. Widely regarded as one of Pete’s best comedies.

‘This is a cleverly crafted, fast-flowing comedy and the more subtle lessons in growing up and trying to change people won’t be lost either.’
Carousel

 

 


AVENGER
Award-winning thriller about bullying – interesting follow-up to ‘Traitor.  A gripping, challenging read.

‘This is a powerful tool for considering the causes of inadequacy and bullying and how bullies and their victims can both face them and conquer them.’
Book Trust

 

 


MY PARENTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL
What happens when your parents ask for tips about being cool? Much-loved Louis comedy – a big hit with pupils – and adults. Yields great discussions.

‘A brilliant look at family life today. A hilarious story which will appeal to boys and girls alike.’
Parents in Touch


Book Club notes available on ‘My Parents Are out of Control’ page.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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NEW!
WHAT I DO
Pete gives you the low-down on how he can inspire the pupils at YOUR school. Click here to read more . . . and if you would like Pete to visit your school.
     
 
     
RECENT FEEDBACK ON PETE’S VISITS TO SCHOOLS
 
‘Pete is a great speaker and had the staff in hysterics as well as the children. He was inspirational and knew just how to pitch his talk. We appreciated how he took time to speak to each child as he signed their books. We also like how he told the children about the books that changed his life.’ 
Clare Tandara, Little Green Junior School, Herts.

‘We had a terrific afternoon with Pete Johnson. Not only were the children enthralled and captivated by him, but our Head and teachers thought Pete was brilliant. He pitched his talk at just the right level to engage the children and make it fun too. Reading is our focus this year and this will have really helped to encourage our pupils more.’    
Sheena Gamage
, School Business Manager, Chater Junior School, Watford. March 2018     
   

If you would like Pete to visit your school or library, please click here.

 
BOOK CLUB SPECIAL
THE TOP FIVE FAVOURITE PETE JOHNSON BOOKS ARE . . .

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS
Comedy, International Best Seller.

Discussion topics:  Helicopter parents. Pushy parents. When your parents don’t understand your ambitions and dreams. Pressure at school.

‘While the humour is beguiling and sharp, under Louis’s jokey asides is an unfolding situation which is anything but funny. His parents are steadily being sucked into the competitive atmosphere around them … However, what I really enjoyed was Johnson’s refusal to turn Louis’s parents into villains … without being remotely preachy Johnson manages to impart some useful messages for pushy parents. And their children.’
S. J. Highee, Good Reads

‘Fabulous reading  -  my son really enjoyed it.’          
Latest Amazon review

MY PARENTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL
Comedy, International Best Seller, shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

Discussion topics: Parents trying to be young again. Generation gap.

The strength in Johnson’s writing is that he addresses a lot of the major concerns most 12 year olds are experiencing – so this isn’t a children’s story where adults are somehow airbrushed out of the picture. I thoroughly enjoyed this light hearted look at what is actually a fairly gnarly subject. Very highly recommended.’
S. J. Highee, Good Reads

‘It was very funny with the dad trying to be cool but it was mixed with excitement to see what happens next … super good.’ 
Latest Amazon review

TRAITOR
Award Winning Thriller

Discussion Topics: Being victimised and bullied. Should you stand up for yourself? Friendship. Trusting other people. Peer pressure. Click here for detailed Book Club notes.

‘This accessible story offers food for thought – not easy answers.’
The Bookseller

‘I am a SEN literary teacher in a secondary school and ordered this as a class reader for years 7 & 8. All of the pupils thoroughly enjoyed it. It has also raised interesting discussions about growing up, friendship, peer-pressure and issues surrounding bullying. I would highly recommend it.’  
Amazon review
AWESOME
Comedy with strong appeal for reluctant readers

Discussion topics:  Light-hearted and accessible but with deeper themes of honestly, personal responsibility and self confidence.

‘My son has dyslexia and this book was a great, quick read to reignite his interest in reading. Thanks Pete Johnson.’
Amazon Review

‘This book was the right length and there was never a point where I was bored. The images and the very easy writing techniques used in this book are sensational.’
Jax Holt, Good Reads

‘An entertaining story about identity and confidence.’
Lovereading4Kids 

Rescuing Dad
Pete's first family comedy

Discussion Topics: When your mum or dad separate. Communication problems between parents and children.

‘A funny, positive and engaging exploration of a modern dilemma from a sure-footed storyteller.’
Carousel

Children are often the victims when a marriage falters or fails and in ‘Rescuing Dad’ Johnson illuminate this distressing reality with perceptive humour which is a trademark of his work.’
Books for Keeps

‘Pete Johnson has succeeded in presenting a sensitive subject in a light-hearted way without detracting from its seriousness.’
Children’s Books in Ireland

 

 HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS is laugh out loud funny and keeps you engaged until the end. This is the best comedy book I have ever read and I want to read the whole series.’ Amazon review - Five stars
 
WHAT'S HOT?
Brilliant new editions of Pete’s pacy, laugh out loud stories from the best selling JAMIE’S MAGIC CAPE series. Pete says, ‘I am thrilled with these bold, dynamic new editions of some of my best loved stories.’
AVAILABLE FROM MAY 2018
 
‘Bags of boy and girl appeal in this story – and the idea of a magic cloak (cape) and a never ending chocolate bar will make it quite irresistible to young readers.’
FUN KIDS
 
‘Along with being a great read for children 7-11 it  is a popular choice for literacy lessons/activities. This is a very humorous novel that keeps the reader entertained from beginning to end.’
Amy, Goodreads
AVAILABLE FROM AUGUST 2018
 

Another hilarious adventure, just right for those who are enjoying reading their first books on their own – but fun to read aloud too.’      
Parents in Touch

 

‘A wonderful story for KSI readers.’
Sidra, Goodreads

     

LOUIS THE LAUGH celebrates his 16th year in print

With 16 of his favourite jokes
(placed next to the books they appear in)

     
What goes? tick, tick, woof, woof?
A dog marking homework.

First candle:    ‘What shall we do tonight then?’
Second candle: ‘I was thinking of going out.’

What did the wig say when it was blowing across the street?
‘I’m off my head.’

 
     
Why was the broom late?
It over-swept.

What did his parents say to the boy ghost?
Spook when you’re spoken to.

Why did the scout feel dizzy?
Because he did so many good turns.

 
     
A man is driving along with three penguins in the back of their car. Then a policeman stops him and says. ‘ You should take them to the Zoo.’
He says he will.
But the next day the policeman stops the car again and there are the three penguins again, only this time one of them is wearing sunglasses.
‘I thought I told you to take those penguins to the Zoo,’ said the policeman.
‘So I did,’ said the man and now I’m taking them to the seaside.’
 
     
What does a monster eat after he’s had his teeth out?
The Dentist.

What is the fastest part of a car?
The Dashboard.

What’s an IG?
A snow house without a loo.

What do  you call a Gangsta Snowman?
Frost – T.

 
     
Which King had a noisy bottom?
Richard The Lionfart.

What type of boats do vampires use?
Blood Vessels.

Why did the boy throw the clock out of the window?
He wanted to see time fly.

 
     
AND ‘TWO’ EXTRA JOKES  ESPECIALLY FOR YOU.

Which game do monsters love best?
HIDE AND SHRIEK

What do you call a monster who never blows his nose?
THE BOGEY MAN!

Smile on
Your friend
Louis the Laugh

P.S. Happy birthday to me

 
     
 

  "It was a fabulous event – my best ever launch." Click here for Pete's blog about the launch of MY PARENTS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY’ at The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.  

 

Pete’s all-time favourite children’s book is ‘101 Dalmatians’ by Dodie Smith, so he is delighted to have his picture taken at The Spotted Dog in Flamstead.