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.
Praise for Thai-riffic!
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
Awards & recognition
REAL Children's Choice Awards
Shortlisted • 2011 • Older Readers
WAYRBA Children's Choice Awards
Shortlisted • 2014 • Younger Readers