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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 ‘YOUR LOUIS THE LAUGH BOOKS CONTINUE TO BE AMONGST OUR MOST POPULAR IN NORTHERN IRELAND … THE WONDERFUL THING IS THEY APPEAL TO BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS … SO THANK YOU.’ Valerie Christie – Librarian, reviewer.
 

 

‘Louis the Laugh’ celebrates his 16th year in print in February

MY FRIEND LOUIS THE LAUGH

Pete’s latest blog

 
The strangest thing about Louis is, originally he wasn’t supposed to be in ‘HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS’ at all  – or ‘The Trouble with Parents,’ as I called it first.

Louis and I met after I’d written the opening thirty pages of ‘The Trouble with Parents.’ I read those pages with such a sinking heart. I was certain there was a good idea here – children suffering from what they called ‘parent fatigue,’ but none of the characters jumped off the page. They were shadowy and vague and I just couldn’t make them talk.

I thought and thought about how I could bring them alive. But I found myself at a dead end until in my head I spotted a newcomer. He just appeared out of nowhere. A boy with jug ears grinning away at me with such a wide smile it took over his whole face.
        
Yes, that was Louis.

I liked him instantly and I knew him instantly. He was the class clown, never wanting to be serious about anything – and yet unexpectedly very determined about one thing – making his dream of being a comedian come true.

Soon I was listening to Louis bantering away with his parents. He was so funny and you know what? I didn’t seem to be doing anything, I was only eavesdropping.

Next day I ‘overheard’ Louis talking to someone else – Maddy. The twelve year old who becomes his agent and also teaches him the four secrets of parent training. They were magic together. A brilliant team.

I knew now what I had to do next.

I ripped up every one of those first thirty pages and all those shadowy characters melted away forever. While Louis – and Maddy took over the book, now called, ‘HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS.’

It became my first ever-international best-seller. I went on to write other award-winning comedies. But ‘How to Train your Parents’ outsold them all – and pupils, teachers and librarians kept asking me when was Louis coming back?

‘I don’t do series,’ I replied. And I didn’t, then. For an incredible ten years I resisted all calls to bring Louis back. I wasn’t just being stubborn. I was scared. Everyone loved, ‘How to Train Your Parents’ so much that whatever I wrote next about Louis would never match it – and could only disappoint.

But finally Louis the Laugh and I reunited. Once again we hit it off instantly and ‘My Parents Are Out of Control,’ became another best-seller. Three more books narrated by Louis have followed.

We are truly old friends now which is just as well as he accompanies me into every school, library and bookshop I visit. Who is Louis really? Can I meet him? Is he like you at all? Did you ever have a friend like Louis? The questions rain down about him. People seem far more curious about him than me! I was even asked once if Louis was on Instagram. He really has taken on a life of his own.

And occasionally, I remember that very first meeting with Louis and the way he just popped into in my head. Where on earth had he come from? And did I find him or did he find me? Honestly, I don’t know.

But huge thanks for sixteen fabulous years in print.

You really have changed my life.

Smile on Louis.
                            

COMING SOON: LOUIS THE LAUGH’S FAVOURITE JOKES AND . . .

THE GREAT LOUIS THE LAUGH QUIZ!

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Pete is a popular visitor to schools and libraries


He gives lively, interactive talks and is happy with large groups.

Pete is best known for being a gripping story-teller.

He reads extracts from his books . . .

. . . and promotes reading for pleasure.

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

With special thanks to the brilliant Lockers Park School.

 
‘HOW TO FOOL YOUR PARENTS’
LAUNCHES IN GERMANY

Last year ‘HOW TO UPDATE YOUR PARENTS’ made so many pupils laugh, in Germany, that leading German publisher arsEdition announced it was one of their best sellers.

So hopes are high for the launch of the latest Louis The Laugh book, ‘HOW TO FOOL YOUR PARENTS’ in Germany. Pete says, ‘The new German cover is brilliant. And I am thrilled that all five Louis the Laugh books are now available in Germany in these highly collectable, hard-back editions from arsEdition.’


 
‘My daughter LOVED ‘HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS. Highly recommended for tween age and even the grown-ups love it too.’ Latest Amazon review
‘These LOUIS THE LAUGH books have got my 11 year old reading – she actually seems to be enjoying them – Well Done PETE JOHNSON!’ Penney, Latest Amazon review
 

Click here to read Pete's answers to your questions about Louis, My Parents Are Driving Me Crazy, and what exciting thing happened when he was cleaning his teeth!

 
       

  "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.