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A nail-biting - no, make that toe-biting - thrill ride through one boy's life.

A nail-biting - no, make that toe-biting - thrill ride through one boy's life.

Have you ever been kissed by a dog? Ever had to eat Vegemite off your sister's big toe? Have you had a job delivering teeth? Has a bloodthirsty magpie ever been out to get you? Ever woken up to discover that everything hovers? And have you eaten 67 hot dogs in ten minutes?

I have. I'm Tom Weekly. This book is full of my stories, jokes, cartoon characters, ideas for theme park rides and other stuff I've made up. It's where I pour out whatever's inside my head. It gets a bit weird sometimes but that's how I roll.

Illustrated by Gus Gordon

Reviews

My Life & Other Stuff I Made Up is just SO gross! It was a toss-up between My Nan’s Tougher and Scab as to which was the most revolting story, but I think the former won . . . Tristan Bancks serves up nine weird, wacky and hilarious stories about toes, teeth, teleporters and more, which make you wonder what really goes on inside his head. Read it at your peril and chat to Tristan at tristanbancks.com.

Carol Warren, West Australian

Bancks knows what will make young readers laugh, and want more. Gus Gordon’s cartoon-like sketches, lists, random jottings, text boxes, and other interjections add to the humour. I recommend these chapter books particularly for boys who are not yet sure they love to read. But I bet any youngster will relate to Tom’s misadventures.

thebookchook.com

These bite-sized bursts of fun are inspired by Paul Jennings, Andrew Daddo and Andy Griffiths, the sort of stories that will keep kids enthralled and wondering if it really happened or not … They're easy to devour and perfect for reading out loud. MY LIFE AND OTHER STUFF I MADE UP is highly recommended for ages 9 and up.

Oliver Phommavanh, Buzz Words Books

In this delightful and funny story, Bancks has beautifully captured the essence of boyhood. Tom is a typical 21st-century Australian schoolboy, following in the fine footsteps of Ginger Meggs. He means well, he has a great sense of humour and a brilliant imagination, but most of the time it all ends up a big mess. It's exciting, yet exhausting stuff. Best of all, it made me laugh.

Wendy Noble, Good Reading

Are you ready to laugh? Yes? Good. Because you won't be able to help yourself once you open this cover … Boys will love this book. Fans of Griffiths, Gleitzman and Jennings will be thrilled to have this book in their collection. Author Bancks doesn't skip a beat as he writes from his character Tom's perspective, and illustrator Gus Gordon adds his usual funny and clever drawings to it all. What a great book.

www.kids-bookreview.com

A sort of Aussie tall-tale version of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2007), Bancks’ latest features stories with a high-level gross-out factor ... A good choice for kids drawn to the upside down and out-and-out disgusting.

Booklist

It’s a laugh-out-loud look at a boy’s imagination with all of the bravado and cringe-worthy moments that readers might expect. The short, easy-to-read entries are punctuated with Tom’s drawings, making this a good choice for reluctant readers. Additionally, the hybrid format, a chapter book filled with cartoon illustrations, and the humorous take on one boy’s life, make it another pick for readers looking for Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Abrams, 2007) read-alikes.

School Library Journal

These bite-sized bursts of fun are inspired by Paul Jennings, Andrew Daddo and Andy Griffiths, the sort of stories that will keep kids enthralled and wondering if it really happened or not … They're easy to devour and perfect for reading out loud. My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up is highly recommended for ages 9 and up.

Oliver Phommavanh, Buzz Words Books

Like Dahl, Bancks is passionate about inspiring a love of reading in the young by placing fun at the centre of his storytelling.

Andy Griffiths, Sydney Morning Herald

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143790082

    April 2, 2018

    Random House Australia Children's

    RRP $12.99

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    • The Nile
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  • Paperback

    9780857983190

    April 1, 2014

    Random House Australia Children's

    208 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

  • EBook

    9781742744421

    July 1, 2011

    RHA eBooks Child

    212 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ
    Or

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Also by Tristan Bancks

The Fall
Two Wolves
Tom Weekly 5: My Life and Other Weaponised Muffins
Tom Weekly 4: My Life and Other Exploding Chickens
Tom Weekly 3: My Life and Other Massive Mistakes
Tom Weekly 2: My Life and Other Stuff That Went Wrong
Kids Stink (A Tom Weekly Story)
Galactic Adventures: First Kids in Space
Mac Slater 1: Coolhunter
Mac Slater 2: Imaginator
It's Yr Life

Recommendations

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
The Getaway: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK12)
Mr Bambuckle's Remarkables
How To Be A Bawse
The Twits
LGB Where Do Giggles Come From
The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner
Who's in the Loo?
The Shepherd's Crown
It Wasn't Me!
Finding Audrey
The Dinosaur That Pooped The Past!
Tom Weekly 4: My Life and Other Exploding Chickens
The Prince and the Porker
The Shepherd's Crown
The Bolds
Spotty Lottie and Me
We Are All Made of Molecules
Why I Love Footy
I Feel Sick!