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“Very funny, very touching, very truthful - a total delight to read.” JACQUELINE WILSON

Billy Plimpton LOVES jokes and wants to be a stand up comedian when he's older. There is just one problem - he thinks that he can't fulfil his comedy dreams until he gets rid of his stammer.

 

The idea for this story came from Helen's son, Lenny, who has a stammer - she wanted to write the book that he would love to read, starring a child like him. She hopes that children will be able to relate to feeling unheard, different from the rest and unable to find their voice. 

The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh was released in Feb 2021 by Scholastic in the UK and the US. It has also been sold in Germany, Russia, Holland, Spain, Russia, Romania, Slovenia, Taiwan, Hungary, France and Italy.

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Cover Illustrations by Andrew Bannecker. Design by Liam Drane

'A delight... This book is wise, suspenseful and witty' SUNDAY TIMES, Children's Book of the Week

Archie Crumb is having a tough time. Picked-on at school, picked last for any team; his home has been sad and quiet since Dad left and his luck feels like its run out.

But things start looking up when Archie bumps his head and literally sees stars: his favourite famous football player standing in front of him, granting him nine wishes.

This is INCREDIBLE! Unlimited ice cream, a whole day of eating pizza and playing on the X-Box, revenge on the bullies, becoming the star player in a televised football tournament: finally, all his dreams can come true! Will Archie wish his way to happiness? Or will he realise that magic wishes may be wonderful, but only he has the true power to change his life?

‘As warm and wise as it is funny’ SHAPPI KHORSANDI
‘Readers can’t help but come away from this book changed and better equipped to accept and support anyone who is struggling’ SCOPE FOR IMAGINATION

‘An honest and thoughtful tale that bubbles over with humour and wisdom. This is the kind of story that leaves a deep impression way beyond the close of its pages.’

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So funny and joyful’ RACHEL PARRIS
‘Can’t wait to recommend it to customers when it’s published!’@CHRISWHO63, Waterstones bookseller

‘This book is a great way of showing children how to be confident and winners by having a sense of humour and making others laugh.’  FLOELLA BENJAMIN

'It made me punch the air with delight. It made me cry and it made me laugh. It's such a beautiful piece of work. Billy Plimpton is my hero.’ MARCUS BRIGSTOCKE

‘A gorgeous book about being brave, being kind and being yourself. Genuinely funny and full of heart.’

EILEEN ARMSTRONG, school librarian

‘An incredibly moving and uplifting portrayal of one boy’s struggle to find his voice.’
JENNY PEARSON, author of The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates

‘Helen’s book is an inspiration to both parents and children living with stammering. She uses laughter and honesty to create a brilliant book that I could not stop reading.’CHARLOTTE MOORE, Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

‘Entertaining, endearing, emotional and brimming with empathy, it’s like Wonder with one-liners.’

SCOTT EVANS, The Reader Teacher

"A wonderful book." Marcus Brigstocke.

‘Amazing’ Noel Fielding.

‘Inspiration, heart-warming & funny, this is a book that everybody’s going to want to read.’
@KAREN_WALLEE

‘Big-hearted and poignant’

FIONA NOBLE, THE BOOKSELLER

‘Uplifting and laugh out loud funny’

HEATHER FISHWICK

‘This is a book which all teachers should read.’WORLDS SMALLEST LIBRARY

‘A laugh out loud story, the like of which I’ve never heard before.’

KERRY GODLIMAN

"A wonderful storyteller." Phil Earle.

"This incredible debut tugs at your heartstrings and makes you laugh out loud in equal measure. I guarantee you'll be cheering along in the final pages!" Lisa Thompson, bestselling author of THE GOLDFISH BOY.

Cover Illustration by Andrew Bannecker. Design by Liam Drane