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It's hard being Thai, especially when you live in Australia, your house is a Thai cultural shrine, your parents run a restaurant called Thai-riffic! and you're desperate for some pizza! Lengy's adventures will have you laughing out loud and perhaps shedding the occasional wimpy tear.

Albert (Lengy) Lengviriyakul, is fed up with being Thai. His parents own a Thai restaurant with the cheesy name of Thai-riffic! and Lengy is sick of being his father's curry guinea pig, longing  to just eat pizza! At school he is a bit of a troublemaker, going to any lengths to hide his background. But when his best friend decides to become Thai for a day for a school project, Lengy stubbornly comes to the realisation that there may just be some pretty cool things about his culture.


I really loved Thai-riffic!, it's funny and moving, and I can't wait for the sequel Thai-Me-Kangaroo-Down-Sport!

Wil Anderson

A very funny, very fun book for 8-12s.

Magpies magazine

His ability to write side-splitting humour and to connect with children shines through in this, his first, novel.

Sun Herald

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    May 28, 2010


    208 pages

    RRP $16.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook


    May 31, 2010

    Penguin eBooks

    204 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
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    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Awards and Recognition

  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    Older Readers
  • WAYRBA Children's Choice Awards
    Younger Readers

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