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Tom McLaughlin - Author

About the Author

Tom McLaughlin has illustrated several books for Bloomsbury, including The Cloudspotter (as read by Tom Hardy on CBeebies Bedtime Stories) and The Story Machine, which has received wonderfully positive reviews and has sparked a number of thought-provoking articles on dyslexia (which Tom understands well, being dyslexic himself). Tom loves drinking tea, eating lunch and drawing (in no particular order). He lives in Devon. 

Featured books by Tom McLaughlin

Other books by Tom McLaughlin

The Day I Got Zapped with Super Powers

The Day I Got Zapped with Super Powers

Author: Tom McLaughlin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2021

A nine-year-old comic book enthusiast is about to get a mega dose of super-human power in this action-packed adventure. When a dastardly villain's attempt to steal a laser machine goes spectacularly wrong, nine-year-old Zack gets zapped with super powers. This would be awesome, other than Zack is a teeny tiny bit afraid of ... EVERYTHING! Now, the most undeserving superhero of all time must fashion a costume, save the day and work out how to reverse the laser's effect before he gets stuck with super powers FOR EVER!

The Accidental Prime Minister Returns

The Accidental Prime Minister Returns

Author: Tom McLaughlin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2020

In the Accidental Prime Minister, Joe Perkins was trying to save his local park when he accidentally ended up being Prime Minster. In this hilarious sequel, Joe is back. The people need someone to remind them about the good things in life; about how we can all come together to make the world a better place. Where there is grumpiness, may we bring giggles, where there is jelly, may we bring ice-cream, and where there are chairs, may we bring whoopee cushions! Joe Perkins, first kid PM, is back and ready to make politics fun again

Read with Oxford: Stage 6: Hero Academy: Villains on the Loose!

Read with Oxford: Stage 6: Hero Academy: Villains on the Loose!

Author: Tom McLaughlin, Paul Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/07/2020

Two action-packed stories about the superheroes-in-training at Hero Academy, who must work together and use their powers to outwit the super-baddies. In Calling All Villains, Nisha and Cam go undercover to find out how to save Wildcroft Woods. In Race for the Meteorite, Nisha and her friends race the villains to the meteorite - but who will get there first? This exciting chapter book with carefully-levelled text is ideal for children who are reading independently. Books with short chapters are a great way to build your child's reading stamina and confidence. The stories are packed with dynamic CGI-style illustrations - perfect for fans of comics. Tips for parents help to support your child's developing reading skills and the fun after-reading activities making reading fun while reinforcing comprehension. Featuring much-loved characters, great authors, engaging storylines and fun activities, Read with Oxford offers an exciting range of carefully levelled reading books to build your child's reading confidence. Read with Oxford Stage 6 equates to Oxford Levels 10, 11 and 12 used in schools. For more information about the Read with Oxford Stages, as well as practical advice, free eBooks and fun activities to help your child progress, go to readwithoxford.com. Let's get them flying!

Read with Oxford: Stage 6: Hero Academy: Rampage of the Robots

Read with Oxford: Stage 6: Hero Academy: Rampage of the Robots

Author: Tom McLaughlin, Sam Watkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/07/2020

Two action-packed stories about the superheroes-in-training at Hero Academy, who must work together and use their powers to outwit the super-baddies. In Operation Poach, Cam and Jin try to save Professor Poach but soon discover he is not as harmless as he seems. In The Termite-nator, Evan and Nisha must defeat a giant robotic termite. Can they save Lexis City? This exciting chapter book with carefully-levelled text is ideal for children who are reading independently. Books with short chapters are a great way to build your child's reading stamina and confidence. The stories are packed with dynamic CGI-style illustrations - perfect for fans of comics. Tips for parents help to support your child's developing reading skills and the fun after-reading activities making reading fun while reinforcing comprehension. Featuring much-loved characters, great authors, engaging storylines and fun activities, Read with Oxford offers an exciting range of carefully levelled reading books to build your child's reading confidence. Read with Oxford Stage 6 equates to Oxford Levels 10, 11 and 12 used in schools. For more information about the Read with Oxford Stages, as well as practical advice, free eBooks and fun activities to help your child progress, go to readwithoxford.com. Let's get them flying!

Attack of the Smart Speakers

Attack of the Smart Speakers

Author: Tom McLaughlin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2020

There's a new craze in town for smart speakers and everyone has got one. At first they seem super helpful, but Tyler and her friends soon start to get suspicious. It's like these virtual assistants are really the ones in control-but no-one else seems to notice. It's not long before the assistants become mobile, attaching limbs so that they can crawl around like weird spider robots. Spiders are bad enough, but robot spiders trying to enslave humanity? That's a problem that need to be squished, fast!

The Day I Started a Mega Robot Invasion

The Day I Started a Mega Robot Invasion

Author: Tom McLaughlin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2020

A nine-year-old inventor is about to have her worst day ever in this laugh-a-minute mega-robot adventure! Molly should be doing her homework, but instead, she builds a robot to do it for her. The robot is pretty clever ... so clever that it decides to make another robot. Then that robot makes another one. Before long, an army of slightly-too-clever-for-their-own-good robots are running around town causing chaos. But when robot number one gets wind of Molly's plan to shut them down, the mechanical army set out to get rid of the humanoid once and for all. Now, Molly must race against time to stop the mega-robot invasion ... and hand in her homework!

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