Teaser Tuesday – 21st March, 2017


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This is my choice of the day:

My Parents Are Out of Control – Book 2 of the How To Train Your Parents series by Pete Johnson

p. 3 Friday 20th September – 6 p.m. Mum and Dad have just peeped round my bedroom door. Once they’d have barged right in and sat down and watched me do my homework.

They never let me alone. Whenever I looked up, there they were. In fact, if I was in the loo for more than two minutes they’d call out, ‘Are you alright?’ and ‘I hope you’re doing something educational in there.’

Parent fatigue. That’s what I suffered from. Until they decided they were getting too pushy and reformed their ways. So now they just hiss at me from the doorway.

BLURB: Louis doesn’t think much of it when his mum and dad ask him for tips on how to be cool. In fact, he thinks it’s pretty funny watching them bump fists and use words like ‘safe’, ‘sick’ and ‘wicked’. Until Dad turns up outside Louis’s new school dressed like a rapper, that is . . . Suddenly they’re trying to friend Louis and all his classmates on Facebook, and wearing baseball caps backwards – IN PUBLIC.
Louis and his best friend Maddy are horrified. Mum and Dad have taken things too far . . . and immediate action is needed!

Back in December, I read the first book in the series How To Train Your Parents and thoroughly enjoyed it. More importantly, so did my dyslexic granddaughter when I read it to her. So I acquired the other books in the series. And this one looks every bit as funny and anarchic, yet with a hint of seriousness underneath all the nonsense. And as you’ll already have noticed, while the prose is punchy and readable, the vocabulary is littered with those high frequency words almost-there readers need to master, boosting their confidence and give them plenty of practice. I’m looking forward to this one.

18 responses »

  1. Love the sound of this. It would be perfect for my LFL. Do you recommend reading book 1 first?
    Here’s my Tuesday Teaser from “escape read” The Friends We Keep by Susan Mallery. One of my LFL patrons left it on my backdoor mat with the word “Good” written on the sticker. She was right!
    ” Hailey stood in the small. empty bedroom. The walls were painted a light yellow, with white trim. They’d replaced the carpeting with hardwood because it was easier to keep clean without harsh chemicals. She’d been four months along when she miscarried the first time, so they hadn’t…bought furniture. There was only the empty room and the painted walls.”
    After several miscarriages, the doctor has told Hailey that to try again could kill her. She is determined to have a baby of her own.

    • Oh my goodness – this one sounds like a harrowing read, Rae. Lovely, precise writing – I look forward to hearing what you make of it. As for my offering – oh yes, I do recommend your class read How to Train Your Parents first. Though it’s not a dealbreaker, but there is a certain amount of backstory better appreciated when you know about it:).

    • Yes, I’ve started reading ahead and I’m really enjoying the humour and shafts of perception about what is going on that the adults reading this would get, though maybe the children wouldn’t. Clever writing and very humane.

    • Oh yes – it’s great fun. But there is always a thread of something a bit more serious underneath, which I particularly appreciate – and this time around it’s his father’s fear of growing old…

    • Yes – because it is the child commenting in a lot of detail about his parent’s behaviour – and unlike a lot of children’s fiction, it puts the family dynamic at the heart of his adventures.

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