So Wrong

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Michael Wagner, author Wayne Bryant, illustrator


How can something so wrong by so right!?

From the diabolically dangerous duo of author Michael Wagner and artist Wayne Bryant comes a naughty and subversive collection of twisted tales, odd ads, questionable life lessons and other forms of laugh-out-loud wrongness. But beware…

This book is rude, it has attitude, it’ll make your brain skewed, and someone should get sued, because sometimes IT’S TOTALLY NUDE!


Targeting 10-13 year old reluctant readers, but inclusive of all children, So Wrong is a hyperactive grab-bag of wit, warmth and wildness that includes:

  • short stories (like The Nappy and The Veree Hungree Caterpooper)
  • satirical advertisements (for products such as The Parental Attitude Adjuster and a very private private school)
  • suspect ‘life advice’ (from a supposed Life Coach for Kids, Mitey Mikey)
  • visual treats galore
  • and laughs on every page.

As two former reluctant readers themselves, Michael and Wayne have created the book (and series) they wish had existed when they were kids.

It’s Mad magazine meets Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton with the irreverence of Pippi Longstocking and the subversiveness of Roald Dahl – so right for young readers, especially those who haven’t quite learned to love books. Yet.


Title: So Wrong
Author: Michael Wagner
Illustrator: Wayne Bryant
Category: Kids
Market:  10-13 year olds, particularly reluctant readers
ISBN: 9780994251756
Page numbers: 192 pp, mono, illustrated
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 14 mm
ARRP: $14.99
Publisher: Billy Goat Books,
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 1 Aug 2016

Review Quotes

‘… outrageously subversive humorous writing that fools kids into thinking they are not seriously reading … fantastically hilarious satirical advertisements … And of course the pages are lavishly illustrated with a huge variety of visual jokes as well … it’s going to be a hit with every kid who likes to laugh at general silliness and a bit of naughtiness. Highly recommended for all readers who snort out loud laughing.‘ Sue Warren, Teacher-Librarian.

‘Kids who like subversive humour will grab this book with glee. It has all the prerequisites: a magazine-style format, goofy sketches, a pre-occupation with poo, sarcasm, and patches of terrible spelling. What more could a reader want? Perfect for reluctant readers 10+ or anyone who wants a riotous read. ‘ The Book Chook’s Best Books for 2016 (older readers)

‘This is one of the funniest books for kids I have read in a long time. It changes the format, making it like a TV show in a book. This is perfect for reluctant readers, and just readers who love a laugh. Can’t wait for the sequel!‘ Adam Wallace, New York Times bestselling author

‘My Absolute favourite is the Parental Attitude Adjuster … the one that had me laughing out loud was Mikey’s version of a certain incredibly famous book, which will forever now be known as the Very Hungry Caterpooper. So much gold in one book … the verdict is in, this one is sure to please even the most reluctant readers from ages 5 to one hundred. 5 Stars.‘ Julie Grasso, reviewer and Goodreads author

‘What I like about this book apart from its non-stop entertainment value is that it offers achievable reading goals for kids who are reluctant to pick up a book. They can read a few pages at a time and still complete a story or segment. I think my favourite parts of this book were the highly suspect ‘life advice’ from supposed Life Coach for Kids, Mitey Mikey, and the hilarious advertisements for useful products like The Parental Attitude Adjuster.’ Dee White, reviewer, author, blogger

A cheerful and cheeky collection of short (very) tales interspersed with the almost unintelligible advice of Mitey Mikey (self-proclaimed Lyfe Coach for Kidz) … a laugh-out-loud package that will appeal to middle primary readers and and could provide a ‘hook’ to catch reluctant readers. Mikey’s illiterate advice is a bit confronting from a teacher’s perspective … however these passages provide hilarious fodder for reviewing some basic spelling and grammar rules…’ Jennie Bales, Adjunct Lecturer, Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship)

Sample Pages

Here’s the first few pages of a nice little short story from So Wrong. The story is called The Nappy.

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