How to Train Your Parents, by Pete Johnson
Moving to a new area, Louis is horrified to discover his parents becoming ultra-competitive, wanting him and his younger brother to get straight As at school and join all sorts of after-school clubs like the other kids. Then Louis meets Maddy, who claims to have trained her parents to ignore her.
Louis can't handle it any more. His new school is Swotsville and his mum and dad have fallen into some very bad ways. All they seem to care about now is how well he's doing at school (answer: not well) and what after-school clubs he wants to join (answer: none!). They're no longer interested in his jokes (his dream is to be a comedian) and have even nicked the telly out of his bedroom! What's going on? And can new friend Maddy help? For Maddy tells him her parents used to behave equally badly until she trained them. All parents have to be trained - and she knows a foolproof way...
Corgi Children's Books | 119-page paperback
"Pete Johnson has an amazing ability to portray resolutely individual characters, and his story takes a revealing sideways look at over-ambitious and pushy parents. (Your own parents could probably learn something from this book, too."
The Ultimate Book Guide
"The story behind How to Train Your Parents? I go to schools and libraries to talk to children about being a writer. I noticed they were talking about the extra pressure their parents have put on them now. Not just school work: parents organise their leisure time as well. One boy said to me that he was suffering from parent fatigue, which I thought was a nice phrase. That got me thinking, you can have too much pressure."
Pete Johnson, Funday Times interview
"Written with humour and plenty of attitude, this witty book firmly puts the power in the hands of the children, with some pertinent and knowing truths that parents may prefer not to acknowledge."
"The way in which he [Louis] tries to manipulate things in order to do what he wants without hurting his parents is outrageous but touching - a delicate balance well delivered."
Scottish Sunday Herald
"I think How to Train Your Parents is the best book I have ever read."
Edward, North Yorkshire