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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

"Let’s make sure we never lose such a precious resource . . .
SAVE SCHOOL LIBRARIES!"


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The Great ‘Ghost Dog’ Get-Together

Pete says, ‘Had a really special day at The Sheffield Library Theatre on November 16th, Celebrating Reading for Pleasure and ‘THE GHOST DOG.’

Twelve local primary schools are using ‘The Ghost Dog’ as their class reader with Year 4’s. So I met 650 wildly enthusiastic young readers, bubbling over with questions about ‘The Ghost Dog.’ Wonderful to hear how it has inspired so much creative writing too. What super pupils and teachers. Huge thanks to Joanne Bradshaw and all the organisers.

 
printable notesprintable notesprintable notesTHIS YEAR’S HIGHLIGHTS   printable notesprintable notesprintable notes
. . . a brand new ‘Louis the Laugh’ book

HOW TO UPDATE YOUR PARENTS

‘a riproaringly hilarious adventure’

The Book Trust


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



. . . a new Barrington Stoke comedy

MATE MATCH

‘21st century problems examined in an easy to read and revealing short novel.’
Andrea Reece, LoveReading4Kids


‘Looking for something to entice a reluctant reader. Or a next step for someone who’s read the whole Wimpy Kid series?  The (Un) Teenager books are the ones to choose.’
Book Worm



. . . twentieth anniversary edition of the award-winning,

THE GHOST DOG

‘An exciting and touching story about friendship and the power of imagination.’
Books for Keeps


‘Just the thing for a dark, winter’s night . . . Pete Johnson is a master of the hair-raising ghost story.’
The Bookseller



 
Pete holding the new Persian translation copy of ‘How to Train your Parents.’
 
TOPPSTA REVIEWS
HOW TO UPDATE YOUR PARENTS

‘This is such a brilliant book! It's funny, vibrant and you can't really put it down . . . we highly recommend it to all parents and teenagers who wish to remind themselves how lucky they are to have each other.’
HappyMum, TOPPSTA. Click here to read the full review at TOPPSTA

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT TOPPSTA – A BRILLIANT CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW WEBSITE

 
NEW ON AUDIO: ‘HOW TO UPDATE YOUR PARENTS’

Every funny line and every one of Louis’s jokes are captured in OAKHILL’S brilliantly funny and unabridged audio of ‘HOW TO UPDATE YOUR PARENTS,’ which has been described as ‘a fun story with an important message.’

Click here . . . to read more about the Oakhill audio.

And check out too, OAKHILLS’S audios of:
MY PARENTS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY’ and superbly spooky versions of the award-winning …
THE GHOST DOG,’ and
THE PHANTOM THIEF.’

printable notesDO CHILDREN REALLY NEED A DIGITAL DETOX?printable notes
Click here to read Pete’s thoughts about this topic and how he researched
HOW TO UPDATE YOUR PARENTS.’

 

 I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND ‘HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS’. IF YOU LIKE ‘DIARY OF A WIMPY KID,’ YOU WILL LIKE THIS.’  New Amazon Review 

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

Pete’s publisher Barrington Stoke writes:

‘We are often asked for tips on holding successful author events – from both sides – and since we know Pete is a bit of an expert in this area we caught up with him for some advice.’
 PETE’S ADVICE ON HOLDING SUCCESSFUL AUTHOR EVENTS. Click here to read tips for schools and authors. 
 
 

Pete Johnson: ‘101 Dalmatians cast such a spell over me I wrote to Dodie Smith.’
Click here … to read Pete’s account of a remarkable friendship on the Guardian Books website.
 
 
 ‘THE GHOST DOG’ was amazing … probably the best book I’ve ever read.’ Kindle Customer, 13 June 
 
‘HOW TO UPDATE YOUR PARENTS’
LAUNCHES IN GERMANY TOO

The same time as UK fans are catching up with the eagerly awaited ‘HOW TO UPDATE YOUR PARENTS’ – so are German fans but with an exciting twist.

The three other Louis the Laugh books have been relaunched in Germany in hardback this time – alongside ‘HOW TO UPDATE YOUR PARENTS’ with brilliant new covers.

‘This is incredibly exciting,’ says Pete ‘to have all four Louis the Laugh books launching in top new hardback editions – and with such stylish covers too.’

All the Louis the Laugh books are published in Germany by arsEdition.


 
     
 
     
 
 

GEEKS RULE
FIVE FAVOURITE GEEKS FROM PETE’S BOOKS


printable notesSPENCER
He promises he will never turn into a teenager in the much loved:
‘DIARY OF AN (UN)TEENAGER’
AND
‘RETURN OF AN (UN)TEENAGER’

Spencer quote: ‘If ever I have a girlfriend I’ll meet her in town for just one hour a week. Maybe on her birthday I might take her to McDonald’s as well.
But that’s really all the time I’m going to spend with her. And I’ll never ever let he come to my house. In fact, I won’t even tell her where I live. You’ve got to keep some privacy, haven’t you?’

printable notesEDGAR
He’s an ‘intellectual’ who wants to be a poet,
in the international best sellers
‘MY PARENTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL
‘MY PARENTS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY’
‘HOW TO UPDATE YOUR PARENTS’

Edgar quote: ‘We are extremely sorry to inconvenience you but we are protesting about a miscarriage of justice … My poem will explain everything. I shall now read it aloud. It’s only nine verses.’

 

printable notesTALLULAH
The girl who loves horror stories in, ‘The Vampire Quartet, beginning with the award-winning, ‘THE VAMPIRE BLOG.’

Tallulah quote: ‘Do you think vampires only exist in stories? If you do, leave this page now and don’t bother coming back either. We have nothing in common and you’re just wasting my time. But if you believe vampires might be real, then read on, as I have great news for you.’

printable notesWILL
The boy who girls really like but only as a friend – in the top teen title.
‘FAKING IT’

Will quote: ‘Ruth is the first girl I ever kissed. She was a Munchken at the time. So was I. Even then I realised this was a significant moment in my life. That’s why I removed the brace from my teeth first.
Afterwards she said I was just so nice.
No boy likes to be called ‘nice,’ as that usually means you’re wetter than a haddock’s underpants.’

printable notesARCHIE
‘The most annoying geek on the face of this planet,’ (according to Miranda) in the award-winning:
TRUST ME I’M A TROUBLEMAKER.’

Archie quote: ‘The funny thing is, I’ve never tried to act grown up. It’s just as soon as I wake up I can feel all this maturity bubbling up inside me. It’s a kind of gift, I suppose. I’ve been given a few extra helpings of wisdom.’


 
THE FIVE FUNNIEST ‘LOUIS THE LAUGH’ MOMENTS chosen by YOU

THEY ARE – IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE:

printable notesTHE TRULY DISGUSTING SCENE WHEN A PIECE OF CAKE FLIES OUT OF THE HEADMASTER’S MOUTH AND STRAIGHT ON TO LOUIS’S TONGUE.
Favourite quote: ‘I did think of somehow spitting it out – but in the end I swallowed it …’
From: ‘HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS,’ (page 48)


printable notesWHEN MADDY DRESSES UP AS LOUIS’S MUM,
Favourite quote: ‘It was Maddy’s huge, curly red wig which really caught my attention. She looked as if she had a ginger tomcat perched on her head.’
From: ‘HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS,’ (PAGES 165-176)


printable notesWHEN LOUIS’S DAD TURNS UP OUTSIDE HIS SCHOOL DRESSED UP AS A GANGSTER RAPPER.
Favourite quote: A voice shouted out of the darkness: ‘Yo everyone hope you had a wicked time. I’m looking for my blood. Is he here?’
From: ‘MY PARENTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL,’ (P.65-69)


printable notesWHEN LOUIS GOES ON HIS FIRST EVER DATE WITH MADDY AND COMPARES HER TO ‘THE ELEPHANT WOMAN.’
Favourite quote: ‘Desperate now to talk about something – anything – I said. ‘And your dress is great, sensational. I mean, I can’t tell you how much I like it. I really, really like it. Not that I want to borrow it or anything,’ I laughed wildly.
From: ‘MY PARENTS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY.’ (P.50-61)


printable notesWHEN LOUIS THROWS UP OVER TV HOST, MICKEY BOYD.
Favourite quote:My mouth was suddenly ablaze with vomit which exploded out of my mouth so fast, that within seconds I’d totally covered Mickey Boyd in chopped carrots.’
From: ‘MY PARENTS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY.’ (P.171-176)


With huge thanks for all your votes.

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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.  

 


BOOK CLUB SPECIAL

Pete is a keen supporter of Book Clubs in Schools and Libraries. If your Book Club would like to receive a free early copy of ‘My Parents Are Driving Me Crazy’ – please contact this website at enquiries@petejohnsonauthor.com with contact name and address.

 

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.