> Skip to content
About the book
  • Published: 2 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143781615
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $19.99

Tom Weekly 6: My Life and Other Failed Experiments




Australia's favourite kid, Tom Weekly, is back with a new book of all disastrous, all preposterous, and definitely all hilarious adventures!

Discover what happens when you mix one kid with nine attack possums. Observe the result of a guinea pig hostage situation. Learn from my get-rich-quick scheme to put Australia's angriest ice-cream man out of business. Get ready to judge the world's deadliest fruitcake competition. And if I survive it all, let's call the experiment a success.

More handy stuff inside:
1. Tips on avoiding household chores
2. Weird facts about guinea pigs
3. How to eat a car

  • Pub date: 2 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143781615
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Authors

Tristan Bancks

Tristan Bancks tells stories for the page and screen. His books for kids and teens include Two Wolves, The Fall, Detention and the Tom Weekly series. Two Wolves won Honour Book in the 2015 CBCA Book of the Year Awards and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. The Fall was a CBCA Notable Book and shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Tristan’s books have also been recognised in multiple children’s choice awards. Tristan is a writer-ambassador for literacy charity Room to Read. He is currently working with producers to develop several of his books for the screen. He’s excited by the future of storytelling and inspiring others to create. You can find out more about Tristan’s books, play games, watch videos, chat to the author and help him try to change the world at www.tristanbancks.com.

Gus Gordon

Gus Gordon is an internationally acclaimed illustrator and author. He has illustrated and written over 80 books for children. His illustrations are known for their loose and energetic line work, mixed media and humour. His writing is always anthropomorphic. He attributes this to his love of Kenneth Grahame's Wind in The Willows.
Gus's first picture book, Wendy, was a Notable Book in the 2010 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year Awards.

His second picture book, Herman and Rosie, now published in twelve countries, has been internationally acclaimed and awarded.

Somewhere Else was published by Penguin Random House Australia in 2016.


Praise for Tom Weekly 6: My Life and Other Failed Experiments

“The new hilarious instalment in Tom Weekly’s adventures . . . didn’t disappoint . . . Again, Tristan has given us a prime motivator to get kids reading – and enjoying it – this is bound to be another sure-fire winner with the kids from around Year 3 upwards.”

Sue Warren, https://losangzopa.wordpress.com/

“These guys are having way too much fun. Author Tristan Bancks and illustrator Gus Gordon are at it again with more stories about poor Tom Weekly. Tom Weekly: My Life and Other Failed Experiments is the sixth book in the series and the laughs continue.”

Heather Zubek, West Australian

“An endearing chapter book that charts the hazardous journey that is Tom’s everyday life . . . Tom Weekly would appeal to a wide audience, including boys, girls and curious parents . . . Tom Weekly is undoubtedly more-ish.”

Tamantha Smith, Magpies


Related titles