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101 Ways to Bug Your Parents

101 Ways to Bug Your Parents

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by Lee Wardlaw

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Steve "Sneeze" Wyatt was born to invent things, and his latest gadget— the Nice Alarm, which wakes you up with a gentle tap on the shoulder—promises to make him rich and famous! All Sneeze needs to do is attend the Invention Convention, and he will be catapulted into stardom. So, when Sneeze’s convention plans are nixed by his parents, who have


Steve "Sneeze" Wyatt was born to invent things, and his latest gadget— the Nice Alarm, which wakes you up with a gentle tap on the shoulder—promises to make him rich and famous! All Sneeze needs to do is attend the Invention Convention, and he will be catapulted into stardom. So, when Sneeze’s convention plans are nixed by his parents, who have enrolled him in a creative writing class instead, he is appalled. For his first writing project, Sneeze starts a list of ways to bug his parents. It keeps growing until he hits upon a brilliant plan—a plan that will enable him to attend the convention with or without his parents. . . .

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Praise for 101 Ways to Bug Your Parents:

"The humor and depth of the characters are reminiscent of Louis Sachar's There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom."
--School Library Journal

"The title will hook readers, and the ending will satisfy them."
--Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
The hero of the story is Sneeze, so named because he's famous for his impressive strings of allergy-related sneezes. Sneeze is a young inventor who wants desperately to get to San Francisco's Invention Convention with his Nice Alarm, the gentle alarm clock he's designed. Problems arise when he doesn't tell his busy parents he's planned a business meeting with the head of a company who's expressed interest in his idea and their work schedules result in canceling the trip. Sneeze winds up in a summer school writing course. Sneeze, ever resourceful (and desperate for dollars to earn his own way to the convention) writes a list of "101 Ways to Bug Your Parents" and sells it to all his classmates. He also earns money by working at the failing Gadabout Golf where he restores the course from grungy to cool. In the process, he wins the friendship of the owner's daughter. Wardlaw uses a light touch, but her story has much to say about creative resolutions. Sneeze discovers the rewards of hard work are not just monetary. "Sure, making money, being famous...is nice. But it's just icing on the cake. Doing something because you enjoy it, because you believe in it, because it's RIGHT-that's what counts."
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6Twelve-year-old Steve Wyatt, a.k.a. Sneeze, won't be attending the Invention Convention this summer due to a money shortage at home. To make matters worse, his parents have signed him up for a summer school class with the hokey name Recipe for a Book: A Class for Young Authors. A money-making scheme presents itself in the form of a book proposal, 101 Ways to Bug Your Parents, Sneeze's revenge for his ruined summer. Everyone in school wants a copy and is willing to pay. Three-dimensional characters in the form of the narrator's best friend, Hiccup; his nemesis, Goldie Laux; and the mysterious, cool Ace populate this fast, fun read. Sneeze grows in awareness and acceptance of himself and others. The humor and depth of the characters are reminiscent of Louis Sachar's There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom (Knopf, 1987). Readers will hope for further adventures with Sneeze and his friends.Lisa Von Drasek, Brooklyn Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
When Sneeze's parents ruin his summer plans to take his latest gizmo to the Invention Convention, and enroll him instead in a summer writing class, he decides to get even by pestering them. He turns this obsession into his class project by producing a book of tested ways to annoy parents. When his classmates want to buy copies, he figures that he can make enough money to go to the convention without his parents. Wardlaw (Seventh-Grade Weirdo, 1992, etc.) works hard to be funny—and often is—but the strain shows occasionally: Sneeze and his friends (Hiccup the hypochondriac, Pierre of the fake French accent, Ace the supercool, etc.) don't become believable—or even likable—until the last 30 pages. The title will hook readers, though, and the ending will satisfy them, while the real list of the 101 ways to bug parents that closes the book is likely to elicit guffaws.

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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5.10(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.50(d)
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10 Years

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Things to Do to Bug Mom and Dad

9.  Don't get up on time.
10.  Use all the hot water in the shower.
11.  Don't flush.

"Steve!"  Mom called from downstairs on Monday morning.  "Better get a move on, or you'll miss the bus to summer school!"

"Okay!"  I hurried into my clothes.  Then I thought, Wait a minute.  What is this "Mister Nice Guy" stuff ?  It's not like I want to go to summer school....

With a smile I took out The List and wrote next to number twelve:

Miss the bus so they have to drive me.

After that I changed my clothes.  Twice.

Said a personal good-bye to each of my fish.  Twice.

Then cleaned my room.  (Once was enough.)

I met Dad on the stairs, heading down to the kitchen.  He was finger-rumpling his wet hair, "Hey, what's with the long shower this morning?" he complained with a shiver.  "You didn't leave me any hot water."

"I was dirty," I said.

"Well, next time have a little consideration for other showers in the family. Pneumonia might be Hiccup's idea of a fun way to start the day, but it's not mine."  He hurried to pour himself a cup of hot coffee.

I slid into my seat and blew my nose. Loudly.

"Steve, please," Mom said, closing her eyes as if in pain.  "That's disgusting.  How many times have I asked you not to do that at the table?"

"Seven hundred forty-two,"  I answered, "and a half."

"Eat,"  she ordered, sliding a plate and glass in front of me.

I stared at the eggs, bacon, hash browns, toast, and juice.  "I'm not hungry."

"But you asked me to fix you a big breakfast!"

"Yeah, well, now I'm not hungry."

Mom made her cow-giving-birth noise.  I'd have to add a number thirteen to The List:

Look at my plate, then say I'm not hungry.

Meet the Author

Author Lee Wardlaw has written many children's books, including Seventh Grade Weirdo.

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101 Ways to Bug Your Parents 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this compellingly funny book author Lee Wardlaw helps the main character, Steve ¿Sneeze¿ Wyatt, find an amusing way to keep the fans begging for more excitement. The reason that it¿s so funny is because Steve, Goldie, and Hiccup say and do. 101 ways to Bug your Parents follows the journey of the young Steve ¿Sneeze¿ Wyatt as he desperately tries to get to the Invention Convention. This book isn¿t directly about bugging your parents so if readers are just looking for a list of ways to annoy their parents this wouldn¿t be the book for them and it will be a waste of time and money. This book is about a boy named Steve ¿Sneeze¿ Wyatt, who wants to become an inventor and gets invited to this invention convention, he needs $250 to get there. So he gets an idea. What if he sells a list of 101 ways to bug your parents? In addition to writing the list he also gets a side job of working at a golf place called Gadabout Golf. He fixes up the windmill and all the extra cool golf course stuff. When Steve brings in the ¿Nice Alarm¿ to school he tries it out on his best friend, Hiccup. Supposedly it wakes you up nicely with a pat on the shoulder but instead it karate chops Hiccup in the nose. Hiccup comes up and says My Nose but Wardlaw spelled it ¿By Dose,¿ because if you hold your nose and talk it sounds funny but different. This is what makes Lee Wardlaw such a phantasmagorical author. She does an excellent job in making the readers feel like they¿re right next to Steve in his journey to the Invention Convention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my 9 yr old daughter as a summer read and she could not put it down.
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Pleasantdale More than 1 year ago
This is a funny book. Two boys tell you 101 ways to bug your parents because thar are made to go to summer school. I have bugged my parents too. I recommend this book because it is very humorous.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was okay. It was hard to follow and there were way to many characters to keep up with. I would not recommend this book to anybody younger than me (10) because it was hard to understand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
101 Ways to Bug Your Parents is about a boy loves to invent stuff. He had a dream to go to an inventors convention, but to go he had to make money. So he wrote a book. I liked the characters because there was one of everything, like a cool guy, a sassy girl and a paranoid boy.I thought the plot was clever because you don't read books about ways to bug your parents very often.
Guest More than 1 year ago
101 Ways to Bug Your Parents is a hilarious book about kids, such as Steve ''Sneeze'' Wyatt and ''Goldie'' Laux (who's the Vice Principals daughter) that you can find yourself believing in with only having to slightly use your imagination. The author, Lee Wardlaw, has done a phenomenal job of weaving them all into a realistic yet fully fantasized adventure. Though not the trekking through wilderness or mysterious kind, her adventure unfolds when Sneeze's parents cancel their trip to Northern CA which included a visit to The Invention Convention that ''Sneeze'', an inventor through and through, was really looking forward to, so much so that he decides to go alone to show of his latest invention the Nice Alarm. It seems though, that upon canceling their trip ''Sneeze's'' parents have enrolled him in a creative writing camp, This is where ''Sneeze'' gets his big idea, and puts it into action a plan which will hopefully get him to the desired Invention Convention! An attention-grabbing plot with characters and places described beautifully, this book is a fun and non-serious read for people of all ages to read or have read to them. Marvelous job Lee Wardlaw!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Steve or A.k.A sneeze is a very creatve boy who is looking forward on going on a trip to the invention convention with his parents.His goal was to become an inventor. Instead their parents made him go to a creating wrighting class. Then sneeze had an idea to get to the convention by selling books and getting a job at a golf house with hiccup. there manager gives them rides back from school because his daughter goes to summer school there to. sneeze at the beggining when his father baught him another fish he had new what was going to happen. I liked this book a lot it was very clear to me and at the end of the book it shows a list of 101 ways to bug your parents.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This awesome book is about Sneeze a boy whose hobby is to invent things. He makes an alarm clock that wakes you up nicely by patting you.He gets invited to the Invention Convention but he needs $250 and a way to convince his parents to let him attend. Will he be able to go? Can he convince his parents? what does 101 ways to bug your parents have to do with the story?Find out in the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
101 ways to bug your parents by Lee Wardlaw is an incredibly funny book. Sneeze decided to sell books at school so that he could earn $500 to go to the invention convention. If I were Sneeze I'd be scared to sell books at school. I'd be very embarassed to go to a school meeting because being around all of those teachers would be very scary. I thought when Sneeze and Hiccup were finding ways to bug your parents was funny because they were spying on children and their parents to find things to put in their book. Sneeze has always dreamed to be a famous inventor. Read this book and you'll find out if his dream comes true!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
101 Ways To Bug Your Parents by Lee Wardlaw is an amazing story about a boy who dreams of being a inventor, but when his parents, instead of taking him to a inventor convention, enroll him in a creative writing Summer Camp, it begins to seem he'll never be an inventor. But then he stumbles apon an idea so great it would allow him to possibly go to the convention without his parents. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a bit of comedy, but also learn a few things. I also thnk this book is difficult to read if you are under 7.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If your parents make you scream (or want to scream) at times, this book is for you! Its plot is wonderful, and Sneeze and Hiccup (the main characters) are hilarious! In the story, Sneeze is about to go to the Invention Convention-but the trip is cancelled! In order to go, Sneeze must raise $500! To do it, Sneeze sells a book to children-illegally! 101 Ways to Bug Your Parents is a book anyone would like to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a story about steve 'sneeze' Waytt. He loves to invent things.He invents a nice alarm to tack to a convention.When his parents tell him they cant go on the camping trip(which will get him to the convention)and gets stuck in summer school. He has to come up with a way to raise money to get to the convention. Will he mack it?
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved how the wrighter put the story in to easy understanding and i normaly dont pay atention or for that matter read any books this story is a nonstop thrill for a average reader it is a helarious book my favorite character was sneez he was brave and funny i love to read this book over and over again
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book! And i don't usually like books...it was funny,entertaining and also educational!!I'm serious it was one of the best book I ever read! BUY IT RIGHT NOW!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
101 WAYS TO BUG YOUR PARENTS has won Reader's Choice Awards (meaning, kids voted it their favorite book of the year) in the following states: Florida, Oklahoma, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Maryland. It was also a finalist in the Pennsylvania and South Carolina state reader's choice awards.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sneeze's attempt to get to the Invention Convention is hilarious. The list in the back of the book really works! My favorite part was when Sneeze stood up to all of the adults at the board meeting to save Scribbler, and when he and Hiccup try to drive Sneeze's parents mad! If you want to read a book about a boy striving for his dream read this bo
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only way Sneeze can get to the invention convention is with a hardware shop owner. The Nice Alarm has a man who is thinking of buying it. Can he sell enough copies of 101 To Bug Your Parents to earn his way there?