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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOUIS IS A BOY WHO MAKES YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD.’
SUNDAY TIMES
AND HE’S BACK IN ….

THE NEW BRILLIANTLY FUNNY

LOUIS THE LAUGH BOOK
‘HOW TO FOOL YOUR PARENTS’

Discover the secret way to fool your parents into doing whatever you want!
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HOW TO FOOL YOUR PARENTS,’ and read an exclusive interview with Pete, who reveals (gulp) why this will be the last Louis the Laugh book . . .


‘HOW TO FOOL YOUR PARENTS’
launches on June 12th
Exclusive extracts and more – soon!

 
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‘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
 
 
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    
                                          

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HOW TO UPDATE YOUR PARENTS’
TOPPSTA SAYS, ‘THIS BOOK WILL HAVE YOUR CHILDREN LAUGHING FOR HOURS.’’
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LOUIS THE LAUGH GOES GLOBAL . . .

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 How to 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

 

 

 

 


printable notes10 THINGS I'VE LEARNT FROM GOING UNPLUGGEDprintable notes
Click here to read Pete’s diary from the week he lived without the Internet.

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.