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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
THE SUMMER READING CHALLENGE 2018
MISCHIEF MAKERS
 
 

To celebrate here are
SIX SENSATIONAL MISCHIEF MAKERS
FROM PETE’S BOOKS

 
       
  LOUIS THE LAUGH
Pete’s best-loved and most mischievous character first appeared in ‘HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS. (‘How to Train your Parents, has always helped me when I become depressed.’ Letter from a fan in Nottingham)

Here is Louis’s very first appearance in print …

I think I’ve arrived somewhere weird. Started at my new school today I was met by this moth-eaten old geezer who said he was the headmaster. He’s about a hundred and eight, has one huge eyebrow and spits a lot. Had to wipe my face down after he’d gone. I was soaked through.

He told me a few times how lucky I was to come to his school as he kept getting my name wrong. It’s Louis, pronounced Lou-ee not as he said it, Lewis. But I didn’t say anything. I was a bit scared of that that eyebrow!’

 
       
  MADDY
in HOW TO UPDATE YOUR PARENTS.
Louis’s friend and agent may seem quiet but when her parents plan to move away Maddy and Louis are totally horrified. And Maddy decides to stop the house selling …

‘Normally they’d have brought the sales agent in here,’ Maddy hissed. ‘But today they didn’t dare.’ The room looked perfectly normal until a huge gust of whiffiness blasted right through the room. ’Eeer,’ I began.

Maddy giggled, ‘What do you think it is?’

‘Well, I said, ‘it reminds me of when I was on this train and I thought the man in the seat behind me was doing the smelliest farts ever. It was truly disgusting. But it turned out he was stuffing his face with Scotch eggs. But actually I’d say that stink is even worse.’

Maddy’s face was one big smile now. ‘And it’s all thanks to me. I’ve hidden a dead fish down the back of the sofa ...’
 
       
  DANIEL
in ‘THE GHOST DOG’

Daniel only wanted to scare big-headed, annoying Aaron. But somehow the bloodthirsty monster Daniel conjured up with his imagination escapes and becomes REAL …

The first time I only saw its face.
Out of the darkness it came floating towards me.
It had evil, red eyes.
Blood poured out of its mouth.
It was the ugliest, most horrible thing I had ever seen.
And I’d brought it to life.

I thought it was only mad scientists in stories who could create monsters. Not ten year old boys like me, Daniel Grant. I’m still not sure. I certainly never meant it to appear at my spooky party.

 
       
  JAMIE
i
n Jamie’s Magic Cape adventures beginning with BUG BROTHER.

Have  you got an annoying brother or sister? Jamie certainly has. But he didn’t mean to turn his brother into a blue bottle. As he had no idea his cape was magic. But it was and then ...

‘I rushed back to my bedroom. And the bluebottle came too. I gaped at it, horrified yet excited too. I’d wished for my brother to be a bluebottle and somehow the wish had come true. It must be the cape. It really was magic. This was totally incredible. I couldn’t wait to tell Reema. The smile on my face just grew and grew. I was very happy  But the bluebottle wasn’t. He was buzzing furiously round and round my head. Only my brother could make that much noise...’
 
       
  BEN
in
‘AWESOME’

What would  you do if  you were mistaken for a very famous – but mysterious – star. Ben can’t help enjoying it at first, especially when he finds a group of fans outside his house one night . . .

‘You’re on a mouse mat as well, aren’t you?’ said one girl.
‘Yes I am,’ I said with a proud grin.
‘I’d love to have my face on a mouse mat said Rosie. It would be such an honour.’
‘And you painted a picture for charity, didn’t you?’ said another girl.
‘Er two pictures actually,’ I said. I knew more about Ben Moore than his own mum by now.

It was sort of fun signing the autographs and listening to them tell me how great I was. But after a while I sent them home.
‘Please don’t tell anyone else I said, ‘I just want to forget my days as a top star now.’
Back inside Mum said. ‘It was like your fan club out there.’
‘Yeah, I do seam to have become a bit popular, don’t I?’

 
       
  LARA
in
‘SIX HOURS’

Lara is the school’s biggest rebel and Dominic has hardly ever spoken to her – until one incredible day . . .

Lara jumped to her feet. ‘See you.’
Dominic looked at her in surprise. ‘Where are  you going?’
‘Escaping,’ she said.
‘You;’re walking out of school?’Dominic was shocked.
‘Of course.’ Lara looked at him like he was a bit soft in the head. ‘Come too if you like.’
Dominic was so shocked he couldn’t speak at first … ‘But what will we do?’
‘Just chill,’ Lara said.
‘This is like a dream,’Dominic thought.  ‘The hottest girl in his class – in the universe – was offering to chill with him. Nerd Boy.’

 

VISIT THE MISCHIEF MAKERS WEBSITE HERE

 
 

PETE JOHNSON’S BOOKS ARE FILLED WITH LAUGHTER

In September Pete will be speaking at The Youth Libraries Group Conference in Manchester on the subject of Funny Fiction and especially his five phenomenally popular LOUIS THE LAUGH books.

‘Pete has a great ear for comedy, using humour that really helps to engage even less keen or confident readers.’
Jake Hope, Chair of Youth Libraries Group

‘Pete Johnson is the unsung hero of entertaining writing that delights both the proficient and reluctant reader …. has you lauging in loud snorts just as you’re fighting tears of empathy.’
Ink Pellet

So to celebrate we highlight Pete’s . . .

TOP TEN FUNNIEST TITLES . . .

 
 

. . . THE LOUIS THE LAUGH BOOKS

Louis has just one ambition – to be a comedian. His parents have other ideas! These fun-filled stories also have something to say about life today, as Louis and his parents disagree about everything, from homework to how much time he should spend on on his computer!

‘Louis is a boy who makes you laugh out loud.’ Sunday Times

‘Those Louis the Laugh books have got my eleven year old reading. She actually seems to be enjoying them.’ Amazon review

‘How to Train Your Parents’
Pete Johnson addresses big issues in a frank manner and with a light touch.’                                       
Junior Education

My Parents Are Out Of Control’
‘Very funny. As a parent made me sympathetic with my children and what they have to put up with.’            
Good Reads

‘My Parents Are Driving me Crazy’
Appeals to teens and tween-aged readers of both sexes and all reading ages.’                                                
Good Reads

How to Update Your Parents’
A rip-roaring hilarious adventure.’                  
Book Trust

‘How to Fool Your Parents’
Packed with jokes and funny observations on contemporary teen life. This is super-readable.’                   
LoveReading4Kids    
                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

. . . SPENCER THE (UN) TEENAGER

Next to Louis the Laugh, Pete’s most popular character is Spencer, who likes his life exactly as it is. And when he turns thirteen he decides to take a stand and promises he will never turn into a teenager.

No, he will stay an ‘Unteenager’ forever!

‘I think it will be hard to find a reader who couldn’t relate to even a tiny bit of Spencer’s story. So it’s a book for everyone who is going or gone through the teenage years.’ 
Nayu’s Reading Corner

‘Diary of an (Un)Teenager’
’I was so chuffed that my twelve year old couldn’t put this down … this household loves Pete Johnson.’      
Amazon Review

‘Return of the (Un)Teenager’
‘Definitely another winner from Pete Johnson.’    
Bookworm

 

 

 

 

 


 

. . . AWARD WINNERS

 

‘Trust me I’m a Troublemaker’
‘A lovely, funny book which  explores the ideas of misfits and labelling people in a wonderfully funny way.’
School Librarian

‘Help I’m a Classroom Gambler’
‘Really funny, clever, exciting and completely draws the reader in.’                                                             
Supernanny

‘The Vampire Blog’
‘It’s the dialogue that really sparkles – Perfect.’
The Book Bag

‘There’s something about this book that I really loved.’
Good Reads

As Louis the Laugh says, ‘SMILE ON . . . AND ON.’

 
 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
 

 

  "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.