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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

CHRISTMAS STARTS HERE WITH PETE’S TRULY AMAZING CHRISTMAS QUIZ

Exciting events often occur during the festive season in Pete’s books. So here are six cunning questions to find out just how well you know Pete’s stories - AND two bonus questions we’re calling ‘CHRISTMAS CRACKERS.’

1) In ‘My Parents are driving me Crazy,’ what was Louis’s early Christmas present from his grandparents?

a) A tray he had made for them at school.
b) A big box of chocolates.
c) The news that Louis was coming to stay with them for a year.

 

2) In ‘How to Update Your Parents?’ what is Maddy’s Christmas present for Louis?

a) A box set featuring the top comedians of today.
b) A charm bracelet with hearts and stars on.
c) A giant  joke book.



3) In ‘How to Update Your Parents’ Louis records a spot on a show which will be broadcast on a Christmas Eve, what happens next . . .

a) Offers pour in for Louis as he tours round the world spreading laughter wherever he goes.
b) His parents say he is too young to miss school and cancel the tour.
c) He is cut from the show.



4) In ‘My Parents Are Driving Me Crazy’ Maddy tells Louis, ‘I’ll never go on a date with you again.’ But . . . what does she go on to say?

a) ‘
I will let you take me skating.’
b) ‘I will go on an un-date with you.’
c) ‘I will allow you to cook me a meal.’



5)
Which of Pete’s books begins with this entry for January 4th.
‘All I did at break time was turn into a gorilla and you can’t tell me that’s against the school rules, because it isn’t.


a) ‘Trust me I’m a Troublemaker.’
b) ‘Help I’m A Classroom Gambler.’
c) ‘How to Get Famous.’


6) Matt is Christmas Shopping when he receives a dramatic warning from his magic crystal.  ‘You are in great danger. Watch out.’  What happens next?

a) He feels a strong push in his back. Someone was propelling him into the path of a car swishing past.
b) A man he has never seen before appears pointing a gun – at him.
c) A huge Alsatian tears right up to him – barking furiously.


7) CHRISTMAS CRACKER QUESTION. Of all Pete’s books which one has sold the most copies in the United Kingdom?

a) THE GHOST DOG?
b) HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS?
C) MY PARENTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL

8) CHRISTMAS CRACKER QUESTION. OF ALL PETE’S BOOKS. WHICH HAS SOLD THE MOST COPIES IN GERMANY?

a) ‘How To Become 13 and Stay Alive? (UK title ‘The Vampire Blog.’)
b) ‘How to Become 13 and stay Calm’ (UK title ‘The Vampire Busters.’)
c) ‘How to Raise Your Parents’  (UK title ‘How to Train Your Parents.’)

 

THE ANSWERS
1: c) The news that Louis was coming to stay with them – for a year.
2: a)  A box set featuring the top comedians today. (Louis gives Maddy the charm bracelet with hearts and stars on it.)
3: c) He is cut  from the show  (Aaaah)
4: b) ‘I will go on an ‘undate’ with you.’
5: b)  ‘Help I’m a Classroom Gambler.’
6: a)  He feels a strong push iu his back. Someone was propelling him into the path of a car swishing past
7: b)  ‘How To Train Your Parents’ is the champion seller , with ‘My Parents Are Out Of Control’ and ‘The Ghost Dog’ second and third respectively.
8: a) ‘How to Become 13 and Stay Alive.’ is Germany’s top seller. ‘How to Become Thirteen and stay Calm’ is Pete’s’ latest  Marcus  Vampire book - currently exclusively on sale in Germany – and ‘How To Raise Your Parents,’ Pete’s second most popular book in Germany.

This was a tough quiz – so if you got 4 or 5 questions right you deserve a Christmas mince pie.
6 questions correct – make that 2 mince pies.
7 or 8 correct – you are such a star you deserve a personal visit from Father Christmas.

(Click here for Pete’s horrifying Halloween Quiz.)

 

NEW REVIEW OF "HOW TO CHANGE YOUR PARENTS INTO SUPERSTARS"

‘If you are still looking for a chaotically beautiful novel for the holidays or simply in every day life that really makes you laugh, Pete Johnson is ‘really always’ in that place. The latest and sixth volume in the parents’ series once again offers the greatest possible reading entertainment for young and young at heart reading in the most  entertaining way.

‘With Pete Johnson you have a guarantee for great entertainment, wit, and a desire for more.’                                              
Owls Book Corner, Germany

 

MORE NOMINATIONS FOR YOUR FAVOURITE
LOUIS THE LAUGH BOOK

MY PARENTS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY

‘Utterly hilarious … it was very funny and made me chuckle all night long.’
Maria Papadopoulou, Amazon

‘This book is a laugh a minute with a few suitably ‘gross out’ moments that will delight many boys (or girls!). The jokes throughout are suitably groan-worthy and the description of the awkwardness of teen relationships and the difficulty of moving a friendship into dating is hilarious and even at my age I could empathize.’
Bev. Good Reads

‘I and my 10 year old daughter really liked this book. It was very good… and something to chill out with. We look forward to more stories about Louis the Laugh – thanks to this book we have discovered a new series of books that our family likes.’
Alexandra Miernik, Amazon, Germany.

HOW TO FOOL YOUR PARENTS

‘This is a hilarious story that the ‘Wimpy Kid’ generation will love but parents, too, will warm to a touching tale of a family thrown into chaos.’
Love Reading 4 Kids

‘Very funny. I laughed loads of times, the book is written like a diary which is nice to read. I liked this book.’
Ewann, Toppsta

‘A wonderful book. Ben would definitely recommend. He found this to be fantastically funny.’
Ben SZ46, Toppsta

‘The Louis the Laugh series is really funny, quirky and makes you want to read the next one.’                                        
Amazon review

HOW TO CHANGE YOUR PARENTS INTO SUPERSTARS

‘Riotously readable feast serves up an energetic, chilled-centred perspective on family life, friendships and following your dreams (hitches and all).’
Love Reading for Kids

‘My daughter was glued to this book and laughing all the way through. It’s a light-hearted funny book and a great length for younger readers.’
Bella Cam, Toppsta

‘Love this book it made me laugh all the way through.’
Gryffindor potter, Toppsta

‘We would  recommend this book. It is perfect for young readers who will enjoy laughing along to the story.’
Cheryl Lee-White

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE LOUIS THE LAUGH BOOK?
To help you decide, readers have nominated . . .

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS

‘I bought this for my nine year old girl and she’s spent the past few days with her head buried in it, snoring and chuckling away. I have had her read a few pages to me. It’s well written and very engaging. And, of course funny.’                                          
wswhisper Top 100 Reviewer

‘This book is laugh out funny and keeps you engaged until the end. I would recommend the book to 12 year olds. It’s filled with jokes right from the beginning to end. This is the best comedy book I have ever read and now I want to read the whole series.’                     
P.L. Ellis Amazon

‘I love this book because it is so relatable… it is so good to read when you are feeling down. There are so many jokes and funny stories.’ 
Leahac age 11.Toppsta

MY PARENTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL

‘I loved this book. I loved the ending and I am glad you gave me the tips. Louis definitely worth 5 stars rating and for children who like funny and happy books.’                              
Sam Kelsall. Amazon

The strength in Johnson’s writing is that he addresses a lot of the major concerns most 12 year olds are experiencing – so this isn’t a children’s story where the adults are somehow airbrushed out of the picture. Indeed more of the humour in the story comes from Louis’s interactions with his parents… Very highly recommended.’               
Sjhighee Amazon

‘A hilarious story which will appeal to boys and girls alike.’
Parents in Trust

HOW TO UPDATE YOUR PARENTS

‘My son doesn’t like reading books but he found ‘How to Update Your Parents’ very funny . . . his teacher also thought it was very good. There are jokes in it and it is easy to read.’
Amazon, Germany

‘A rip-roaringly, hilarious adventure, featuring tears, bucket loads of snot and some very strange clothes . . . what’s not to like?’  
Book Trust

Loved this book. It was easy to read and a fun story. Kept me wanting more right to the end. Would love to read again and tell all my friends to read it.’                               
Romeo Slater age 10 Toppsta

More Louis the Laugh nominations next month!

 
‘HOW TO BECOME 13 AND KEEP YOUR CALM’
HAILED AS
‘SUPER COOL’  ‘REALLY FUNNY’  ‘THE PERFECT GIFT’
HOORAY!  Wise-cracking Marcus and fearless Tallulah are back in a new Vampire book – the fifth – and is launching exclusively in Germany!

In ‘HOW TO BECOME 13 – AND KEEP YOUR CALM’ (UK title ‘THE VAMPIRE BUSTERS.’) we also meet a new character, Chester – a very shy boy with an artificial hand. Sadly, he doesn’t have any friends – but he escapes into stories. Then one night a spooky, ghost-like figure whispers Chester’s name and materialises in his garden. Every night he returns and every night he is even more terrifying . . .

Chester is desperate – until he meets Marcus and Tallulah. They tell him they are The Vampire Busters and they believe Chester’s spooky, late night visitor -  IS A VAMPIRE.

PETE says: ‘We are launching this brand new book in Germany as a thank you to Marcus and Tallulah’s extremely loyal fans. So I wanted to  make this story a really special one!

‘Marcus and Tallulah are a little older now – but as crazy as ever – and they are on their first ever case as, ‘The Vampire Busters.’ I wanted this story to be eerie and mysterious but also very funny – and to have a touch of romance too.

‘The first person to read, ‘How to Become 13 and Keep Your Calm’ was my brilliant editor. She wrote, ‘I did enjoy this as it gave the chance to bring in likeable, new characters, and to show how Marcus has developed.  Marcus is pretty cool now – a hot dude in fact.’

‘But what do Marcus and Tallulah’s fans think? I can’t wait to find out . . . ’

THE FIRST REVIEWS FROM GERMANY

‘Super Cool, really funny and comfortably spooky. We love this series.’ Book Hook                                                                                                                                                          

‘This Pete Johnson series is cool. My kids love his books. So the new volume, ‘How to Turn 13 and Keep Your calm,’ was a must-read for us and we were not disappointed. THE PERFECT GIFT.’ Louve 74                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
‘I found this story really good and very interesting – as an older reader I really enjoyed the story.’ (Amazon)      

‘It is written in a very captivating way and it is good to read how the outsider and the bullying victim, Chester, finally develops more self confidence and even finds a girlfriend, thanks to his vampire hunter friends, Marcus and Tallulah. A FULL READING RECOMMENDATION FROM ME.’ Uschi, Amazon review

‘We thought the story was really well told and very exciting…’ net galley de – Angelike A

‘The author describes Chester’s emotional state so that I was able to put myself in his shoes. There is also a SURPRISE which I was not expecting anymore than Chester himself.’ Ulrike. Amazon

‘Once again the author manages to engage young readers with a lot of humour.’ Miss Marple 64

‘Best Children’s Entertainment.’ net galley Anja B

I liked That Chester was very shy at the beginning but then thawed out over time. This certainly gives courage to many children who are a bit shy. The main characters of the book are portrayed very sympathetically.’ Jojo, Amazon

‘Written in a flowing and captivating way with lots of wit and humour … a really great book in a diary form which will also delight reading buffs.’ Sonja Wiencke

’I loved this book and it was great fun to read it. Great story and somehow different too.’ Leseratte

PRAISE FOR THE MARCUS AND TALLULAH VAMPIRE SERIES

‘Puberty with a difference, weirder, scarier, more exciting.’ book ecstatic

‘Totally weird, funny and extraordinary, entertaining and simply great.’ Radio Euroherz

‘This series of books is something for everyone. I can even recommend it for those who are not interested in vampires.’ Mermaid Magic (Blog)

‘Racy, entertaining and full of typical puberty moments.’ book ecstatic

‘The characters are all really well developed...’ Bianca’s Book Heaven

 
 GREAT NEW COVERS FOR
LOUIS THE LAUGH IN GERMANY
On February 1st 2021, arsEdition gives the Louis the Laugh books a dynamic new look. ‘These covers are so zany and friendly and Louis looks full of fun,’ says Pete. ‘I’m thrilled with them.’

‘HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS’

‘MY PARENTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL’
   

‘MY PARENTS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY’

‘HOW TO UPDATE YOUR PARENTS’
 
 
IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN
‘HOW TO TURN 13 AND MUTATE INTO A SUPER HERO’ LAUNCHES IN GERMANY
(‘Vampire Bewitched’ in UK )

‘With a lot of humour and excitement the reader is once again in the middle of the action. The latest adventure impresses with an exciting story, horror and action as well as wonderfully bizarre and personable characters’

'The ''How to Turn 13" series makes you want more, because after each final showdown, a little door remains open for more adventures and secrets.'
Amazon, Germany.

 
Published 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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