It’s hard to deny that Matt Stanton is one of Australia’s biggest children’s book authors right now. What with the success of his Funny Kid series, which tells the hilarious adventures of Max, the funniest kid at school. Unsurprisingly, we aren’t the only ones who have fallen in love with this awesome series.
The third book in this series, Funny Kid Prank Wars, was just named the number one bestselling Australian children’s book! The series only started 12 months ago, so this is an impressive feat!
Funny Kid has taken the world by storm and Matt is very fond of his ‘Funny Kid Army’.
But that isn’t all Matt has up his sleeves! His co-authoring skills are on-point too, teaming up with author Tim Miller to write “disgusting books for your children”. (Their words, not ours.)
You might want to start off with There is a Monster Under My Bed Who Farts, then try The Pirate Who Had to Pee, before progressing onto Don’t Spew in Your Spacesuit, as you prepare for their upcoming book Burpzilla!
But wait – there’s more! If you enjoy driving your kids crazy, then why not look at the books Matt has written with his wife Beck Stanton? There’s Wait!, Did You Take the B from My _ook? and This is a Ball to start with!
Hilarious, kind and driven – we love having Matt in to discuss and promote any and all of his books! “This is my dream job and I can’t think of anything better to be doing,” says Matt. “I go into schools a lot and meet these kids. They’re really keen to read and I leave the schools, go home and work on books for them.”
“I wish I could explain how good it feels when you get an email from a parent saying ‘my kid never reads but they’ve devoured this book’,” explains Matt. “I’m really passionate about encouraging kids about, not only the power of their imagination, but that their imagination is fun to use.”
Listen to our full podcast interview with Matt on the Funny Kid series:
Funny Kid Prank Wars
Every kid wants to laugh, but Max is the boy who can make it happen.
As he and his classmates head off on a camping trip, the new boy, Tyson, decides to play some jokes of his own.
Max is the funny kid ... and now there's a prank war to be won!
Monsters in the lake, smuggling ducks, dig-your-own toilets, capsizing canoes, absolutely not falling in love and beans that give you the runs are just some of the things in store for Max and his friends in this brand-new adventure.
For fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates, FUNNY KID is the mega-bestseller from author-illustrator Matt Stanton.
About the Contributor
Before entering the exciting world of books, Bronwyn served in the Royal Australian Air Force, travelled extensively and worked (still does!) as a barista on the weekends. Books are her true passion. Bronwyn's debut fantasy novel Relic is coming out in 2019 with indie publishing house Talem Press. They are to publish her entire trilogy called The Relic Trilogy. In her spare time, Bronwyn writes, reads and enjoys keeping fit (which she undoes by eating loads of chocolate) with Martial Arts and personal training. She can't answer what her favourite book is but she has a soft spot for Peter Pan (J.M Barrie), Outlander (Diana Gabaldon), Stardust (Neil Gaiman), The Illuminae Files (Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman) and Six of Crows (Leigh Bardugo). Fantasy, sci-fi and YA make up the majority of her bookshelves.