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I'm Tom Weekly. If you want to know what went wrong, read this and laugh.

I'm Tom Weekly. If you want to know what went wrong, read this and laugh.

You'll learn the secret of my strangest body part. You'll meet my super-angry grandpa, and hear about my best non-human friend, Rarnald the rat. You'll find out why I've been banned from KidsWorld. But that won't freak you out as much as the story of how Stella Holling tricked me into kissing her.

3 things you'll learn inside:
1. How to climb Mount Everest
2. How to make a backyard theme park
3. How to escape a pirate


Tom’s stories are short, funny and often gross. They are bound to appeal to boys of Tom’s age, and possibly some girls too. The stories start off plausible but by the end have stretched into (very funny) tall tales. The illustrations are cartoonish and enhance the text. It’s easy to believe that they are the work of a middle school boy. Recommended for upper primary/lower secondary students, public libraries and reluctant readers everywhere.

Rebecca Kemble, Magpies

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.


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


    April 2, 2018

    Random House Australia Children's

    240 pages

    RRP $17.99

    Online retailers

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

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.co.nz

  • EBook


    April 1, 2014

    RHA eBooks Child

    208 pages

    Online retailers

    • Amazon Kindle NZ
    • iBooks NZ
    • Google Play EBook NZ
    • Kobo Ebook
    • Booktopia NZ

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