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My Parents Cancelled My Birthday

Written by Jo Simmons

Illustrated by Nathan Reed

Adventure Stories Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Humorous

LoveReading View on My Parents Cancelled My Birthday

Jo Simmons’ new book had me laughing out loud more than once and kids will love it too. Due to numerous family crises, Tom’s super-important 11th birthday party is on hold, so he takes matters into his own hands planning a party and ways to cheer up his family. If I tell you that this involves a DIY gladiatorial contest, some chicken whispering, and bacon sarnies raining down from the sky, you’ll realise why the eventual party really is unforgettable. An absolute hoot and great on the dynamics of family life too.

Andrea Reece

My Parents Cancelled My Birthday Synopsis

Perfect for fans of Pamela Butchart and David Baddiel's Birthday Boy - a hilarious tale of wish fulfilment gone wrong that every child will relate to Tom can't wait for his LUCKY BIRTHDAY. It's an EPIC family tradition and he's dreamed up an UNFORGETTABLE party! Only, after several disasters involving a flattened chihuahua and a curse from the tooth fairy, it's been CANCELLED. But Tom won't give up. With the help of his friends (and a pig painted like a zebra), Tom decides to throw himself the party he deserves. What could possibly go wrong?

My Parents Cancelled My Birthday Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review the first in this series, I Swapped My Brother on the Internet. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Emily Yates, age 11 - 'I Swapped My Brother On The Internet is a brilliant, easy read with a wonderfully simple, but beautiful moral. All feuding siblings should have a copy!'
  • Josh Parcell, age 10 - 'This wonderful book by Jo Simmons has earnt a five star from me! It is a book full of laughs and has a strong moral to it; to not take things for granted including your brother!'
  • Sariah, age 10 - 'I would recommend this book to children 8+, especially those who love a laugh and giggle. I loved the story and my friends have already started reading it.'
  • Alex Nicholson, age 11 - 'I Swapped My Brother On The Internet' is an enjoyable read with lots of funny moments like those mentioned above. It is really fun to read, and my younger brother Toby (aged 9) loved it just as much as me!'
  • Ellen Cox, age 11 - 'I Swapped My Brother on the Internet is an amazing book. It stays in your mind for long after you have finished it.'
  • Iulia Motoc, age 10 - 'This book reveals many parts of sibling friendship and a strong bond between Jonny and Ted. They brought me to laughter many times. I really liked the part with King Henry the 8th’s ghost, but no spoilers!'
  • Daniel Bisland, age 10 - 'I give it 5*. I recommend it to 9+.I sometimes want to swap my brother but after reading this book, it has made me realise that I may never have the perfect brother so i have changed my mind! I really like this book and it would be in my top 5 favourite books.'
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 12 - 'Really funny story about a boy who swaps his brother several times on the internet. Each time he gets a different character. Highly recommend to boys who are reluctant readers.'
  • Romilly Dally-Fitzsimons, age 11 - 'We have all thought about it... but Johnny did it, swapped his brother for another with hilarious consequence. A very funny book that everyone will enjoy.  Read it!'
  • Cecilia Barth von Wehrenalp, age 9 - 'A family fantasy that proves not every app brings you 'appiness!'
  • Jack Smith, age 12 - 'The story is about a boy who gets fed up with his brother and sees an add for a site called sibling swap. He is then led on a mad journey as he receives multiple different brothers to find his perfect match,like the sound of it? Read it to find out what happens next!'
  • Alfie Williams-Rice, Yr 7, Great Torrington School - 'This book is fun, silly and adventurous, so it is the perfect book for kids.'

My Parents Cancelled My Birthday Press Reviews

'This cautionary tale will make children yelp in agreement and roll around with laughter, but ultimately leave them appreciating their brother or sister a little bit more. They won't need any encouragement to read it either. With a simple and engaging style of writing, and plenty of twists and turns in the plot, readers will be hooked from page one. A great story with a likeable lead character and some important lessons' - BookTrust on I Swapped My Brother On the Internet

Praise for Jo Simmons’ writing:

‘Laugh aloud fun’ – Metro London

‘Plenty of laughs, excitement and food for thought.’ – Primary Times

‘Excellently written’ – Parents In Touch

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781526606587
Publication date: 11/07/2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526606587
Publication date: 11th July 2019
Author: Jo Simmons
Illustrator: Nathan Reed
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Family / Home Stories, Humorous
Recommendations: Reluctant Readers, Reviewed by Children

About Jo Simmons

Jo Simmons began her working life as a journalist. Her first fiction series for children, Pip Street, was inspired by her own kids’ love of funny fiction, and two Super Loud Sam books followed. My Parents Cancelled My Birthday is Jo's third book for Bloomsbury. In addition to children’s fiction, she has also cowritten a humorous parenting book, Can I Give Them Back Now?: The Aargh To Zzzz of Parenting, published by Square Peg. Jo lives in Brighton with her husband, two boys and a scruffy formerly Romanian street dog.

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