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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; 1st edition (6 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440864399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440864394
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There is a moral here for any parent who frets about a child's progress at school . . . Children who read it won't be turned into hostile monsters; they'll chortle away, feel better about themselves and have a lot of jokes to tell you" (The Sunday Times)

"Johnson's comic romp through a miserable school year in the life of almost 13-year-old Louis touches all the real bases of adolescent boys' lives: girls, parents, TV, comedy" (TES)

"Johnson addresses big issues in a frank manner and with a light touch resulting in a book that both children and parents should read" (Wendy Cooling Junior Education)

"Written with humour and plenty of attitude, this witty book firmly puts the power in the hands of the children" (Junior)

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A lively, funny, contemporary tale of a boy who is fed up with his hyper-competitive parents.

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Format: Paperback
Before Louis (12) moved house, his parents were pretty easy-going. However, to Louis' dismay, he finds his new school is full of geeks (bods, swots) who live for 'A' grades and attend after school groups such as 'French Club'. Louis is happy with his 'C' grades but his parents, seeing how the other parents push their kids to do well, start to think they are failing Louis and his little brother Elliott by not doing the same and begin to put pressure on them both to do better at school. They even start sitting in Louis' room, watching him do his homework! Luckily, Louis meets Maddis, whose parents give her all the space she needs. She soon explains to Louis the parent training programme he needs to follow to get his parents off his back.
This book is written as Louis' diary. He wants to be a comedian and so throws in the odd corny joke or two but the diary entries themselves are really funny - letting you know all the strange things his parents have been doing. This is one of those books that you pick up and don't put down until you have finished. Probably best for ages 8-12 (although older people may enjoy it too), both boys and girls and particularly anyone feeling annoyed with their parents!
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By A Customer on 18 Nov. 2005
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This book is really comic and it made me laugh for ages. How To Train Your Parents is about a young boy called Lewis and his best mate, Theo. Lewis is trying to be a stand-up comedian because it is his life-long ambition but his grades in class are not as good as they should be so he is not allowed any TV or any treats. Lewis cheats. He strikes a deal with Theo and gets round his parents. Find out if Lewis becomes the comedian that he wants to be in this exciting and humourous book. All ages and all comedy lovers will find this book addictive.
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My friend told me to buy this as they loved it and they normally find books boring!! Yep, it is one of those cool books you just can't stop reading. It's full of jokes and intrigue and spooky bits with an ending which I didn't expect at all. Now I want to read it again!! Sam 11 years
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Skimming through my shelf of books at home, looking for a classic book to write my review on, I came across "How to train your parents" by Pete Johnson.
A really comic read, one of those books that you pick up and can't EVER put down. I would be up all night reading this, and I couldn't help it when I came to laughing at how hilarious the whole plot was. I read this 3 years ago... I am now 11 and I can still remember what laughs were crammed into this book. It shows truth in depth and Louis whom is the main character isn't afraid to notify his emotions to us.
The story is based on Louis's story, he has presently moved to Swotsville and he loathes the whole place, his school is a calamity and he repulses the tow he lives in and all of the people who dwell in it... How is he ever going to cope?
With continuing his diary entries, you as the reader will be able to highlight his hopes and dreams gradually slipping downhill into his worst nightmare.
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I planned to give this to my 10yo but read it first to check its content. I don't fancy him trying to use these techniques to train me. It would annoy me very much! Not sure if I'll give him the book after all. The training is not the major story, however.
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Good book I would definitely recommend this book. If you like diary of a wimpy kid you will like this
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My 9 year old really enjoyed this. Said was very funny. Age range appropriate 9-12
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By Jed on 5 Jun. 2014
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Omg!

This book is fab-u-lous yes indeed.
It's funny, humorous and emotional (in a way).
I would highly recommend it but the training program doesn't work for me.
Lol
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