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Introducing the next big international publishing sensation

Funny Kid

From bestselling Australian author and illustrator Matt Stanton comes a hilarious new junior fiction series set to become the next big phenomenon in children’s publishing.


Irresistibly funny and outrageously illustrated, Matt’s Funny Kid series will be published internationally in 2017 following a major global book deal with HarperCollins Australia, UK and US.


Perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates, the much anticipated first book in the series, Funny Kid for President, will be released in Australia on 19th June and is guaranteed to have readers crying with laughter.


With over 250,000 books currently in print in Australia, Stanton is well known for co-creating the much loved Fart Monster picture book series with Tim Miller, and he also publishes the Books That Drive Kids Crazy series with his wife, Beck Stanton.


On releasing his middle-grade debut both in Australia and overseas, Stanton says, ‘Having visited many primary schools over the last few years, I am convinced more than ever that we need to stimulate the imagination and creativity in our kids. Storytelling is an incredible tool with which to achieve this.


‘Not every child automatically loves to read, but every child loves to laugh — so that’s where we begin. I’m incredibly excited to share Funny Kid not only with Australian children but with kids all over the world.’


About the book:

Meet the funny kid!


Every kid wants to laugh, but Max is the boy who can make it happen.


He’s the class clown, the punch line, and he’s even volunteered his bottom to be the butt of the joke.


Max is the funny kid … and he’s running for class president.


Poop scandals, stalker ducks, surprise debates, psycho sports teachers, tell-all interviews and the great library vomit-a-geddon are just some of the things in store for Max and his friends at Redhill Middle School this election season.


Ages 8–12

About the author:

Matt Stanton is a bestselling children’s author and illustrator, with well over a quarter of a million books in print. He is the co-creator of eight bestselling picture books, including the mega-hits There Is a Monster Under My Bed Who Farts, There Is a Monster on My Holiday Who Farts, There Is a Monster Under My Christmas Tree Who Farts, The Pirate Who Had to Pee and Dinosaur Dump, all published with collaborator Tim Miller. 


With his wife, primary school teacher Beck Stanton, Matt also created the critically acclaimed and bestselling This Is a Ball, Did You Take the B from My _ook? and The Red Book, in the Books That Drive Kids Crazy series.


For interviews, review copies and further information, please contact:

Holly Frendo, Publicity Manager               Funny Kid for President by Matt Stanton

Tel: 02 9952 5072                                       In stores: 19 June 2017; RRP: $9.99; Format: BPB

E: [email protected]     ISBN: 9780733335976

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June 22, 2017


Introducing the next big international publishing sensation


Holly Frendo, Publicity Manager

02 9952 5072

[email protected]