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The Private Blog of Joe Cowley: Straight Outta Nerdsville

Written by Ben Davis

Illustrated by Mike Lowery

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LoveReading View on The Private Blog of Joe Cowley: Straight Outta Nerdsville

In a nutshell: Wimpy Kid meets The Inbetweeners |   This is the fourth and sadly the final book in the Private Blog of Joe Cowley series, and Joe will be much missed. In this episode he’s in London living with his friends Sound Experience band members Harry, Ad and Greeny, independent for the first time ever (except for their chaperone the super-strict Mrs Gleba), he’s got a cool older girlfriend, and is smiling so much he looks like the Joker in a wind tunnel.  Joe being Joe of course, things are bound to go awry. Joe’s voice is one of the funniest in teen literature, his comments on life and he and his mates’ way of living it are spot on, and the books’ mix of text and cool illustration really appealing.   There aren’t enough funny male central characters for this age group but fans of Joe Cowley would also enjoy Tom Easton’s Boys Don’t Knit or Don Calame’s Swim the Fly.   ~ Andrea Reece


The Private Blog of Joe Cowley: Straight Outta Nerdsville Synopsis

Too old for wimpy kid? Meet Joe Cowley! Blog!

You have NO IDEA how happy I am right now. I'm smiling so much, I look like The Joker in a wind tunnel. GET A LOAD OF THIS: - Harry, Ad, Greeny, and me are living in our own flat, right in the heart of the city. I know, amazing! We're city-slicking, hard-hustling, good-timing, not-even-missing-our-mummies-one-little-bit city boys. - The Sound Experience are about to sign a major recording contract and as their manager I intend to shake the music industry to its core with my unconventional approach. - AND I'm dating a cool older girl, who is totally into my sophisticated city-boy charm. Big things are happening! The Tammerstone Massive are keeping it real and living it large. Fame, fortune, and fast cars await definitely won't end in failure, fiasco, or fighting...

The fourth book about the unstoppable, unfathomable, and unbelievable Joe Cowley, in a series being hailed as Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets The Inbetweeners. Perfect for anyone who loves to laugh at others misfortune on YouTube or Instagram and packed with masses of illustrations and doodles by top illustrator Mike Lowery.

The Private Blog of Joe Cowley: Straight Outta Nerdsville Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and a small number of our members were lucky enough to be invited to review the first in this series, The Private Blog of Joe Cowley.   You can read their reviews below.

Rose Heathcote, age 14 - 'This is one of the most humorous books I have ever read, a book that made me laugh out loud. *****5 STARS!' Click Here to read the full review.

Alice Horncastle, age 14 - 'This book was incredibly funny, all the cringe-worthy situations Joe got into related to my age group which I really enjoyed! I would recommend this book to readers aged 13+, for a brilliant read!' Click Here to read the full review.

Simon Benn, age 13 - 'This was a funny book that was a bit like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid but older.' Click Here to read the full review.

Lily Boniface, age 15 - 'it really wasn’t a book that was for me, however I think that boys would enjoy it and find it very entertaining.' Click Here to read the full review.

Nell Sansom, age 12 - 'Older fans of the Wimpy Kid will probably love this very funny account of a boy's attempts to be cool and popular.' Click Here to read the full review.

Lauren Coffman, age 14 - 'This book is a good read for kids in the range of about 10-12. It is funny and silly but maybe not the greatest for someone who likes a bit more action or a good plot.' Click Here to read the full review.

Imogen breaks, age 11 - 'An exciting blog style novel well worth a read - Joe's brain control room receives mixed messages bouncing between right and wrong to lead him on a topsy turvey tale of split family despair.' Click Here to read the full review.

Jay Hughes aged 13 - 'There are a lot of twists in the book that the author has cleverly put in and it dramatically changes your view so quickly.' Click Here to read the full review.

Ben Evans, age 11 - 'I really enjoyed this book, the characters were funny and the little pictures made it more enjoyable.  I would look for books by this author again!' Click Here to read the full review.

Karianne Turner age 11, Thomas Cowley School - 'I loved this book and read it every day. Ben Davis is a superstar!' Click Here to read the full review.

The Private Blog of Joe Cowley: Straight Outta Nerdsville Press Reviews

A cringe-worthy masterpiece Max, aged 13 Davis translates the Wimpy formula for a teenage boy audience. The Bookseller

This is a book that will fly off the shelves. School Librarian Journal

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ISBN: 9780192747952
Publication date: 06/04/2017
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780192747952
Publication date: 6th April 2017
Author: Ben Davis
Illustrator: Mike Lowery
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: General Fiction, Humorous
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Books for Boys

About Ben Davis

Ben Davis is an author currently living and working in Staffordshire with his wife, son, and wimpy dog. Ben Davis writes funny books for older children and teenagers including the Joe Cowley series, My Embarrassing Dad’s Gone Viral and Make Me Awesome. When he’s not writing, he regularly visits schools and leads creative writing workshops.

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