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Nikalas Catlow gained an MA in illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. He has lectured and taught workshops in art, design and illustration, and now works as a writer, illustrator and TV development producer.
In a nutshell: non-stop laughs with Louis Pity poor Louis, things at home should be looking up now that his dad’s got a new job, but after a particularly disastrous parents’ evening, everything takes a turn for the really bad (for Louis anyway). His parents decide they need to spend more time with their children, to help them achieve more at school, which means no more guest appearances on Noah and Lily’s vlog for Louis. Fortunately, his girlfriend Maddy has a plan … Narrated by Louis at breakneck speed, packed with jokes and funny observations on contemporary teen life, this is super readable. One to recommend to fans of James Patterson’s I Funny series, which also stars a wannabe teen comic. ~ Andrea Reece A Piece of Passion from the Publisher about My Parents are Driving Me Crazy Louis is desperate to become a professional comedian, and at 13 he already has an agent, Maddy - also thirteen. With Maddy's help, Louis wins a spot in the final of the TV talent show Kids With Attitude. Everybody thinks he'll win, but when it comes to the big day, and Louis feels poorly, well - let's just say things don't go so well! But Pete Johnson's story is about much more than just his determination to achieve fame and fortune as a comedian. The backstory is that Louis's family is turned upside down when his dad loses his job and his mum has to get a full time job. Responsible for cleaning, cooking, and all sorts of unfamiliar household tasks, Dad finds this really tough. So does Louis, when his dad decides that since he's now at home more, the two of them can 'hang out' and be best friends! 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, and of how they eventually find a way to get back on track. Highly recommended!
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.
Packed full of fun and exciting projects which use its pages in different ways, this book will have you tearing, folding, cutting, experimenting and scribbling as you find out how our bodies work. Discover the secret to life, make your own dancing skeleton, and make an ear trumpet to listen in on conversations! Can you become a fingerprint detective? Can you paint with food? Can you make a moving robot hand? Plus many more inventive and exciting activities about the human body. Are you ready to Build Your Own Body? Put your skills to the test and let's find out!
Whether you are a doodler or a drawer, a colouring expert or a painter, you will find plenty in this innovative art book to extend your artistic imagination. Spend time with 'Arty', your creative buddy, who on every page will give you a starting point for simple yet extraordinary art activities. You can add stripes and spots, lumps and bumps, tape, paint, pencil and so much more to the pages of this book, to make your own Arty creations. The Arty Book is perfect for a rainy day, for enjoying alone or with friends and family, and will supply hours of creative adventure. Includes lots of amazing Arty stickers
Shortlisted for the ASE Book of the Year Award 2017. Warning: this book will self-destruct! Packed full of fun and exciting projects which use its pages in different ways, this book will have you tearing, folding, cutting, experimenting and scribbling as you find out all about the wonders of space. As each page is destroyed, you'll make everything from a Martian bug to a pocket rocket, using nothing more than the pages of the book and a few simple household items. The easy-to-follow instructions and amazing illustrations mean that science has never been so fun!
Lift the flaps, uncover the plot and be a secret agent with this interactive guide to becoming a spy. Follow the story of Agent X, an ordinary boy who is recruited as a spy by his long-lost uncle. Use the information on each spread to help him uncover an evil plot and save humanity from everlasting war! Each spread is packed with everything you need to create a secret identity, beat a lie detector test, pass information to other spies and spot a double agent.
A doodle book, a journal and a scrap book - there is something for all children in this fantastic activity book. Kids can let their imaginations run wild with over 50 holiday-themed doodles to complete. This fun-filled doodle book is guaranteed to keep kids entertained throughout the summer.
Totally off-limits to all grown-ups, this book is a MUST HAVE when you really need to mind your own business! Crammed with loads of cool sections for you to fill in and fun ideas to try from brilliant puzzles, great jokes, incredible inventions and secret files on friends and foes.
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