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‘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.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 ‘HOW TO CHANGE YOUR PARENTS INTO SUPERSTARS’ SELECTED AS . . . ACHUKA BOOK OF THE DAY (24TH JUNE). PROFOUND COMMENTARY ABOUT HAVING CONFIDENCE IN SIMPLY BEING OURSELVES, PRESENTED WITH DISARMING HUMOUR IN A NEW TALE ABOUT LOUIS, THE ASPIRING SCHOOLBOY COMEDIAN.’ ACHUKA
 

MORE LAUGH OUT LOUD LARKS AND FRENZIED FUN FROM ‘LOUIS THE LAUGH’ IN ‘HOW TO CHANGE YOUR PARENTS INTO SUPERSTARS’

‘Louis is back for his sixth, speedily-paced comic quest, with lashings of laughs, induced by Louis’s mindfulness-obsessed mum and dad in this riotously readable feast serving up an energetic child-centred perspective on family life, friendship and following your dreams (hitches and all) . . . in a time of high stress and uncertainty laugh out loud books like Johnson’s ‘How to Change your Parents into Superstars’  are just the tonic.’
Joanne Owen, Love Reading4kids

Click here to read the full review at LoveReading4Kids

 

LOUIS THE LAUGH SPECIAL
PETE TELLS 
‘WHY LOUIS’S DREAMS CAN’T BE LOCKED DOWN.’

Whenever I feel a bit fed up and want to cheer myself up, I pick up a Louis the Laugh  book and soon I’m laughing away … he’s my crazy friend.’

Every time you write and tell me that, I feel so happy. And Louis would be thrilled – as more than anything Louis wants to make you laugh. That’s his dream, his ambition – to be a comedian.

But in the latest Louis the Laugh book, ‘HOW TO CHANGE YOUR PARENTS INTO SUPERSTARS,’  it is Louis’s parents who set the nation chortling! Suddenly they are living the dream, Louis’s dream. How on earth will he deal with that?

Louis faces many obstacles on his path to reaching his dream, but he keeps on trying and never gives up. Why?

Well Louis is no super hero. He describes himself as ‘a diddy boy with an onion-shaped head and jug ears.’ He is bottom of his class in just about every subject and he won’t be taking home any sports trophies. He is a perfectly ordinary boy.

So what gives him his resilience? It is Louis’s humour and optimistic view of the world.  He has that in such abundance – it amounts to a super power. And it is this which makes Louis such great company.

At times like this – with us all marooned in our homes – I hope ‘HOW TO CHANGE YOUR PARENTS INTO SUPERSTARS, is somewhere to escape to, as you follow Louis’s zany adventures and laugh along with your ‘crazy friend.’  A friend who can be brought to life whenever you need him.

And guess what – no social distancing is required.

But does Louis’s dream finally come true in ‘HOW TO CHANGE YOUR PARENTS INTO SUPERSTARS.’ Well, I couldn’t possibly tell you that, could I? 

But here’s what I can tell you: if my new book makes you smile and laugh and feel a bit better about life – then MY dream has already come true.


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‘HOW TO CHANGE YOUR PARENTS INTO SUPERSTARS.’

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‘HOW TO CHANGE YOUR PARENTS INTO SUPERSTARS’

LOUIS THE LAUGH fans, make space on your bookshelves for another FUN FILLED adventure, about the boy who has just one ambition – to make you laugh!

And:
tell your friends
tell your mum and dad
tell your hamster
LOUIS THE LAUGH IS BACK!

 
‘HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS’ IS:
‘A GREAT BOOK TO GET YOUNG PEOPLE INTERESTED IN  READING.’
‘I bought this for my nine year old girl, and she’s spent the past few days with her head buried in it, snorting and chuckling away. I have had her read a few pages to me, it’s well-written and very engaging. And of course funny . . . if your child lacks confidence in their reading, I pretty much think they would find this an appealing read. Be prepared for laughter.

‘A great book and I’m sure we will be sniffing out more reads by this humorous author.’ 
Whisper Top 100 Reviewers

‘My 8 year old has read ‘The Diary of a Wimpy Kid,’ ‘The Diary of Dennis the Menace,’ and David Walliams. So we were looking for something new to grab his attention and ‘How to Train Your Parents’ was a massive success. My son could not put this book down and found it very funny (all we could hear was giggles) and it also made for further conversations about what he would do to train us . . .’  
Amazon reviewer

‘How to Train Your Parents’ is well-written and a great idea and storyline and I would recommend it for all ages, even adults . . . comedy at its peak.’
Amazon reviewer

The other ‘Louis the Laugh’ books are . . .

‘MY PARENTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL’
This is an awesome book. Along with the series the book is an uplifting read. Excellent book. This was the highlight of the series’
Amazon review

‘MY PARENTS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY.’
‘Pete Johnson is a genius writer, this is the best book ever. I recommend it for all ages. This is a must read.  Thumb well up for this book.’
Amazon
  
                                                                                 
‘HOW TO UPDATE YOUR PARENTS’
‘Loved this book. It was easy to read and a fun story. Kept me wanting more right until the end. Would love to read again and tell friends to read it. Will look for more by this author.’
Romeo Slater aged 10, Toppsta

‘HOW TO FOOL YOUR PARENTS’
‘A wonderful book. Ben would definitely recommend. He found this to be fantastically funny.’
Ben S246 aged 12, Toppsta

 
NEW IN 2020
Publishing in Germany on June 29th
HOW TO BECOME 13 AND SAVE THE WORLD.’

Published in the UK as ‘The Vampire Fighters,’ this dynamic new presentation by arsEdition has found this comedy horror series a whole new audience in Germany.

German readers say . . .

‘Markus is a great and cool guy. He has to go through a lot – the tension begins on the first page and lasts until the end.’

‘This book pleased my 11 year old daughter and we are happy to give it a reading recommendation . . . It is a lot of fun to read the story.’

‘The continuation of an extraordinary story. Captivating and wonderfully bizarre characters. Great reading pleasure.’

 

‘HOW TO BECOME 13 – AND NOT TURN INTO AN ANIMAL’

This eagerly anticipated title launched in Germany on January 27th  It is the sequel to the acclaimed best-seller ‘HOW TO BECOME 13 – AND SURVIVE.’

It was published in the UK as the ‘THE VAMPIRE HUNTERS.’

‘The Vampire Hunters is very exciting and I was very sad when it ended. The twist at the end is great.’ 
The Sun

‘The Vampire Hunters is another fantastingly written book by Pete Johnson. It is packed full of adventure, comedy,  laughs, intriguing characters and a little bit of blood. This is s must read.’       
Scribbler

‘I cannot recommend ‘The Vampire Hunters’ highly enough. It is an absolute delight to read – exciting, funny, a bit scary and  current.’
Library Mice

HOW TO BECOME 13 AND SURVIVE’

In addition to a funny story about a half vampire the novel also scores with suspense – and romance. Suitable for boys and girls.’
Gabriela Pagenhardt von Mainberg

‘Great reading pleasure.’    
Marion Meindi

 
 My son has SEN and as a consequence isn’t a reader. I’m always after something that will grip him. And HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS certainly has. He thinks it’s good and very funny, even wants the rest in the series. Fait accompli.’ Latest Amazon review 30 Nov 2018 
 
 AMAZING PROMOTION FOR NEW MINDREADER TRILOGY: Hive celebrate the launch of the three MINDRREADER books by offering each title for just £4.29 (normal price £5.99)  CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE
 
 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.
 
     
 

 
 
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