How to Update Your Parents

Written by Pete Johnson

Illustrated by Nikalas Catlow

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This is a hilarious story of dead fish, gorillas with bananas in their ears, poetry, cunning plans and highly legal documents (kind of). Oh and iPads, iPhones and vlogging of course.

I’m sitting at home chortling away at How To Update Your Parents when Ben suddenly looks up from his gamepad and asks…

‘Whatcha reading Mum?’

Oh just a book I’m reviewing.’ I say and carry on reading. Not long after he can’t help but come and take a peek. The cover alone is enticing and the title well…

‘Does it really tell you how to update your parents?’

And then I tell him it’s about a boy called Louis The Laugh who is really funny and all he wants to do is make as many people as possible laugh so he attempts to start his own comedy vlog. However his parents think he spends too much time ‘glued to a screen’ and have decided that their home should become totally device free. Louie of course thinks they’ve ‘totally lost the plot’. Oh the horror, the indignity! Yes, Louis and his younger brother Elliot are forced to return to ‘ye olden days’. The days when people would sit around the fire playing board games, take long walks and do jigsaw puzzles – all the time. ~ Shelley Fallows

A Piece of Passion from the Editor    How to Update Your Parents is the fourth instalment in the highly successful and popular Louis the Laugh series. Louis is an aspiring comedian and, with the help of girlfriend and ‘agent’, Maddy, he sets out to conquer the world of comedy using vlogs and social media. But there’s just one rather big problem – his parents have enforced a total ban on technology! This results in Louis’ hilarious attempts to get his parents to change their minds and to make them see the error of their ways.
Will Louis convince his parents that social media and technology are good things after all? Or will Louis have to find another way to make his voice heard? You’ll have to read the book to find out!
In an age where the issue of technology and social media addiction is becoming ever more topical and debated, How to Update Your Parents provides a fresh outlook on the subject and shows both sides of the argument in a thoroughly entertaining, non-judgmental, and hilarious way.

How to Update Your Parents Synopsis

What can you do when you're wrapped in a technology time warp? When Louis's parents decide he spends too much time glued to screens' they come up with their worst idea ever - a total ban on tablets, computers and mobiles!  Louis needs a plan to fight back, and fast! Can his best friend, Maddy, come to the rescue.  

Click here to read and interview with Pete Johnson.

How to Update Your Parents Press Reviews

'In Louis, Pete Johnson has created a boy who makes you laugh out loud' The Sunday Times

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ISBN: 9781782701729
Publication date: 16/06/2016
Publisher: Award Publications Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782701729
Publication date: 16th June 2016
Author: Pete Johnson
Illustrator: Nikalas Catlow
Publisher: Award Publications Ltd
Format: Paperback
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: School Stories
Recommendations: Reluctant Readers
Other Categories: Books for Boys

About Pete Johnson

Pete Johnson began work as a flm critic for BBC Radio One,  then became a teacher. He is  the author of over forty books, including the bestselling  How to Train Your Parents. Pete’s books have won various awards, including the Young Telegraph Award and the Brilliant Book Award, and have been translated into 24 languages.  Also short-listed for Blue Peter Book Award. Read more about the author here.    

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