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The Accidental Billionaire

Written by Tom McLaughlin

Illustrated by Tom McLaughlin

Key Stage 2 Adventure Stories Fantasy / Magical Funny

LoveReading View on The Accidental Billionaire

July 2017 Book of the Month  |  In a nutshell: action-packed, laugh-out-loud inventor adventure

Tom McLaughlin had readers in stitches with The Accidental Prime Minister and The Accidental Secret Agent, but The Accidental Billionaire is possibly his 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? A brilliantly funny what-if adventure and enormous fun. ~ Andrea Reece


The Accidental Billionaire Synopsis

Funny by Name. Funny by Nature. Jasper Spam is mad about science, the problem is that all of his experiments tend to end in a BANG, until one day quite accidentally Jasper manages to invent something that will change the world forever ...One crazy experiment involving a shed, a mallet, and a poorly aimed laser beam results in Jasper's cat Rover, becoming the world's first talking cat. Finally an invention that works - the Cat Chat 2000! Soon people are handing over all of their cash to get a talking cat. With his new found wealth Jasper can finally live the life he's always dreamed of - buying a mansion, sports team, and producing a Hollywood blockbuster. But is there a huge price to pay for bringing talking cats to the world, and money won't be able to solve the problem that the Cat Chat 2000 has caused.

The Accidental Billionaire Press Reviews

Praise for The Accidental Secret Agent:

'The book was so funny that you are going to fall off your chair in laughter.

The only reason readers will put down this book is because they're laughing too much to hold onto it. BookTrust

This is a truly laugh-out-loud book, which is guaranteed to entertain and amuse both children and adults alike

A quick, highly entertaining read with the potential to provoke brilliant discussions amongst its young readers. Goodreads

Praise for The Accidental Secret Agent:

“Packed with puns, jokes and action, this is enormous fun.” The Daily Mail

"Packed with laughter and fast -paced action and will be enjoyed by children and adults alike"  The School Librarian


Book Information

ISBN: 9780192749567
Publication date: 6th July 2017
Author: Tom McLaughlin
Illustrator: Tom McLaughlin
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical, Funny

About Tom McLaughlin

Tom McLaughlin has illustrated several books for Bloomsbury, including The Cloudspotter (as read by Tom Hardy on CBeebies Bedtime Stories) and The Story Machine, which has received wonderfully positive reviews and has sparked a number of thought-provoking articles on dyslexia (which Tom understands well, being dyslexic himself). Tom loves drinking tea, eating lunch and drawing (in no particular order). He lives in Devon. 

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