Our review of the book How To Update Your Parents by Pete Johnson.
I was sent a copy of this book to review. I am also running a giveaway competition at the bottom of this post via rafflecopter, for you to win your own copies of the three books in the series.
The book is actually the sequel to the books How to Train Your Parents and My Parents Are Driving Me Crazy. We haven’t read either of the other books before. It didn’t matter though, as the book read well on its own and didn’t read as though we were missing any detail.
The blurb at the back of the book has this to say:
What can you do when you’re trapped in a TECHNOLOGY TIME WARP?
When Louis’ parents decide he spends too much time “glued to screens” they come up with their WORST IDEA ever – a TOTAL BAN on tablets, computers and mobiles! Louis needs a plan to FIGHT BACK and FAST!
Can his best friend Maddy come to the RESCUE?
According to my boys a screens ban is the worst idea ever. I know they felt this way, as for bad behaviour they get grounded so that they can’t go out and play. We also then take away their tablets and phones for the duration of the grounding.
The threat of this is usually pretty effective in minimising bad behaviour. In all honesty though and without any rose-tinted glasses, they are on the whole very lovely boys.
I read the book with the boys to gauge their reactions and it was fun to do so as it isn’t often we read together anymore. Only really when it is my youngest reading to me for homework.
They were laughing a lot and were in total agreement with Louis on the fact that his parents were completely out-of-order in making him go screen free. They loved the YouTube references in the book, as they would both love to be YouTube stars if only their mean Mum would let them.
There are some groan worthy jokes all the way through, which really suited the boys’ sense of humour. I suspect I may be hearing them for a while, which is the only teeny downside.
The book is aimed at children between the ages of 7 and 11 and I think that is pretty accurate for who it would suit. My boys are 10 and 12 and both really enjoyed it. It is really easy to read with mostly simple vocabulary, so I am sure a 7-year-old could easily read it solo.
I can see this book being a great stocking filler later this year for those awkward to buy for Tweens. The colourful and well illustrated front cover is bound to wow them before they even start reading. We definitely recommend it.
If you would like to with copies of all three books in the series so far, then please do enter via the rafflecopter below. If you would just like to buy a copy of the new book yourself, then you can buy it from Amazon. Who knows, the books may mean you can drag your own children away from their screens and encourage them to #GoGadgetFree .
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