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