By: Morris Gleitzman
Genre: YXZ - Social issues (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: Penguin
Published: 3 Sep 2018
ISBN: 9780143793236


Pf Book Of The Month

Ludo helps other people. It's how he was brought up.

When Dad is elected to Federal Parliament, Ludo grabs the chance to make Australia an even better place.

But he soon discovers it's not the homeless of the national capital who most need his help - it's the rich and powerful.


This is an absolutely wonderful story by master storyteller Morris Gleitzman, that will make a fabulous classroom discussion starter about many topics.

When Ludo’s Dad finds himself elected to Federal Parliament, life for Ludo changes enormously. He now finds himself living in a massive house in Canberra and being driven around in Commonwealth cars.

But Ludo just likes to help and he has a very caring attitude. And he can see that his Dad, who likes to help others just like Ludo, is going to need Ludo’s assistance to change the perception of politicians being just ‘fat cats’. But Ludo gets far more than he bargained for, and finds himself having to deal with his Dad’s political adviser and caught up in the mystery of the former politician who was shot. To help him get through all the craziness, Ludo just keeps reminding himself of what his mother would have said, if she was still here...

This book touches on many themes, including dealing with change, grief, friendship, corruption and justice (just to name a few) and will be thoroughly enjoyed by all those in Year 4 and up.

Reviewed by Sam

Teacher Notes prepared by the publisher are available on our website for this title.