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Kid Lit programme - Tom McLaughlin

5th March 2018
Venue: The Great Hall, Oundle
Time: 1.30pm

The Accidental Prime Minister was one of Lovereading4Kids books of the Year 2015 and April 2015 debut of the month. Joe tells a local news reporter exactly what he would do if he were leader of the country and amazingly that is exactly what happens in this book. A hilarious story of one boy's meteoric rise to power!

‘Manages to introduce the idea of politics for a 7+ audience with some serious points, but mainly laugh-out-loud humour'. MinervaReads blog

Praise for The Accidental Secret Agent which was Shortlisted for Best Crime Novel for Children aged 8-12. CrimeFest Gala Awards 2017:

‘The only reason readers will put down this book is because they're laughing too much to hold onto it.’ BookTrust
One of the 10 best children's books of 2016 - as chosen by children (TES.com)

The Accidental Billionaire is possibly Tom’s funniest yet. Jasper is a regular kid, though one given to staging ambitious, mostly (highly) unsuccessful experiments. Attempting to split the atom one afternoon, he accidentally gives his cat the power to speak. In no time at all, talking cats are the in thing with people queuing up to pay Jasper to make their cats speak too. Jasper and his Nan are rich beyond their wildest dreams but there’s a price to pay: Jasper realises he’s not just made some cats talk, he’s created a feline army! Can he reverse the process before cats take over the world?

Tom will talk about how he progressed from working as a political cartoonist to being a kids’ author. His event will include lots of storytelling, live drawing including character design as well as the story making process. The talk also includes how he has dealt with dyslexia and how it can be used as a positive in the creative process. There will be lots of laughs, lots of stories and lots of drawing too. 


The Accidental Prime Minister; The Accidental Secret Agent; The Accidental Billionaire; The Accidental Father Christmas; The Day The Aliens Nearly Ate Our Brains