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  • Published: 28 May 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143790112
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $14.99

Tom Weekly 4: My Life and Other Exploding Chickens




I'm Tom Weekly. If my life is an exploding chicken, this book is my attempt to glue it back together.

I have a few confessions. I've done a runner from the dentist. I'm petrified of clowns. Giant headlice tried to eat me. A lost sock nearly killed me. And you're not going to believe this, but I was attacked by Library Ninjas when
my book was five years overdue. Let my life be a warning to you.

Plus, how to get famous by:
1. Clapping
2. Collecting scabs
3. Knitting

  • Pub date: 28 May 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143790112
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Authors

Tristan Bancks

Tristan Bancks tells stories for the page and screen. His books for kids and teens include Two Wolves, The Fall, Detention and the Tom Weekly series. Two Wolves won Honour Book in the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. The Fall was a CBCA Notable Book and shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Tristan’s books have also been recognised in multiple children’s choice awards. Tristan is a writer-ambassador for literacy charity Room to Read. He is currently working with producers to develop several of his books for the screen. He’s excited by the future of storytelling and inspiring others to create. You can find out more about Tristan’s books, play games, watch videos, chat to the author and help him try to change the world at www.tristanbancks.com.

Gus Gordon

Gus Gordon is an internationally acclaimed illustrator and author. He has illustrated and written over 80 books for children. His illustrations are known for their loose and energetic line work, mixed media and humour. His writing is always anthropomorphic. He attributes this to his love of Kenneth Grahame's Wind in The Willows.
Gus's first picture book, Wendy, was a Notable Book in the 2010 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year Awards.

His second picture book, Herman and Rosie, now published in twelve countries, has been internationally acclaimed and awarded.

Somewhere Else was published by Penguin Random House Australia in 2016.


Praise for Tom Weekly 4: My Life and Other Exploding Chickens

“This is a hilarious novel aimed at and highly recommended for boys aged 9+. Each chapter is a short story in itself so even the most reluctant readers will find themselves engaged in each descriptive and 'giggle' moment!”

Kylie Kempster, readplus.com.au

“Tristan’s My Life books should come with a warning about snorting aloud. Tom Weeks is back with his brand of bizarre daily life to make readers laugh out loud ... All in all, another hit for those readers who want the wacky side of life delivered up to them complete with scabs. Highly recommended for kids from around 8 years upwards.”

Sue Warren, losangzopa.wordpress.com


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