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  • Published: 3 September 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143793236
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $16.99

Help Around the House

from the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018 and 2019

The funny and moving story of a boy and his friends never losing heart in a sometimes heartless world.

*SHORTLISTED – REAL Children’s Choice Awards 2019
*NOTABLE BOOK – CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2019

Ludo helps other people. It's how he was brought up.

When Dad is elected to Federal Parliament, Ludo grabs the chance to make Australia an even better place.

But he soon discovers it's not the homeless of the national capital who most need his help - it's the rich and powerful.

With a relatable and endearing main character and exploring important themes including homelessness, bullying, freedom of speech, and family, Help Around the House will inspire young readers to ask important questions about the world around them and encourage them to focus on what truly matters.

Get ready for a heart-warming, adventure-filled, and eye-opening read. Perfect for 8+ readers.



‘Readers can't get enough of him.’ The Independent

‘A brilliantly funny writer’ Sunday Telegraph

‘A virtuoso demonstration of how you can make comedy out of the most unlikely subject’ Sunday Times

‘He is one of the finest examples of a writer who can make humour stem from the things that really matter in life.’ The Guardian

  • Published: 3 September 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143793236
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $16.99

About the author

Morris Gleitzman

Morris Gleitzman grew up in England and came to Australia when he was sixteen. After university he worked for ten years as a screenwriter. Then he had a wonderful experience. He wrote a novel for young people. Now, after 43 books, he’s one of Australia’s most popular authors. He was appointed the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018–2019.

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Praise for Help Around the House

Thisstory gently pokes fun at politics, ironic policies and organisations that havelost sight of why they were established in the first place, but, coming fromthe eyes of a child, it is eye-opening rather than disrespectful. It’s sure toprompt loads of questions from curious young readers about the way governmentworks and why it sometimes gets things so horribly wrong.

Carissa Mason, CBCA Reading Time

Awards & recognition

REAL Children's Choice Awards

Shortlisted  •  2019  •  Older Readers

CBCA Book of the Year Awards

Notable Book  •  2019  •  Younger Readers

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