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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


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.


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 1, 2014

    Random House Australia Children's

    208 pages

    RRP $15.99

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  • EBook


    July 1, 2011

    RHA eBooks Child

    212 pages

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Also by Tristan Bancks

Two Wolves
My Life and Other Weaponised Muffins
The Fall
My Life and Other Exploding Chickens
My Life and Other Massive Mistakes
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


My Life and Other Weaponised Muffins
The Dark Prophecy (The Trials Of Apollo Book 2)
Double Down: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK11)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
How To Be A Bawse
Book With No Pictures
Dog Days
Fantastic Mr Fox
George's Marvellous Medicine
Lgb Where Do Giggles Come From
Boy Overboard
Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Snot Chocolate
Clementine Rose and the Surprise Visitor 1
An Abundance Of Katherines
Mr McGee and the Elephants
The Shepherd's Crown