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
‘Avenger is an exciting, gripping story.’ PRIMARY TIMES
‘Pete Johnson is a master storyteller.’ THE BOOKSELLER
NEW REVIEWS OF ‘HOW TO UPDATE YOUR PARENTS’
‘. . . Fast, funny and very readable. Family dynamics plus Louis’s personal observations on his family, and his tactics to achieve his own objectives create laugh-out loud scenarios. The language is accessible, the characters are well-drawn, surely many children will recognise characteristics in themselves and their own families . . .’ Annie Everall, Carousel
‘Pete Johnson has been making young people laugh for a few years now and this offering is just as hilarious as his other books, including ‘How To Train Your Parents.’ I particularly love the scenes where Louis decides to dress as if in the 1970s because he feels that is how he has to live … there are also fascinating thoughts about friendship and how young people see things in black and white… A great story for boys and girls alike.’ Margaret Pemberton, The School Librarian
Above: some of the many faces of How To Train Your Parents.
Right: Pete with the book in Persian
Below: the French version.
Below right: the book in Spanish.
‘HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS’ NOW TRANSLATED INTO THIRTY LANGUAGES
Last week Pete signed the Slovakian contract for ‘Howto Train Your Parents.’ Exciting in itself but it also reflects a significant milestone, as this book will soon be translated into an amazing thirty languages.
‘I have written many books,’ says Pete, ‘but HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS has a special appeal, as Louis the Laugh is, without doubt, my best-loved character.’
Pete has written three more best selling books about Louis. Most recently the acclaimed and much talked about ‘’HOW TO UPDATE YOUR PARENTS.’ A new Louis book ‘HOW TO FOOL YOUR PARENTS’ will be published later this year.
‘Pete Johnson’s ability to see into the minds of young people is reflected strongly in ‘How To Train Your Parents.’ There’s plenty of humour in this book alongside strong, emotional truth. It should be compulsory reading for parents as well as children.’ The BOOKSELLER
‘Written with humour and plenty of attitude, this witty book firmly puts the power in the hands of the children.’ JUNIOR
‘Pete Johnson has an amazing ability to portray resolutely individual characters – extremely funny and emotionally true.’ Chris Stephenson ULTIMATE BOOK GUIDE
‘HOW TO UPDATE YOUR PARENTS’
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
SPENCER 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?’
EDGAR 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.’
TALLULAH 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.’
WILL 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.’
ARCHIE ‘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’ MOMENTSchosen by YOU
THEY ARE – IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE:
THE 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)
WHEN 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)
WHEN LOUIS’S DAD TURNS UP OUTSIDE HIS SCHOOLDRESSED 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)
WHEN 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)
WHEN 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.
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.
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