When I was five years-old I did a runner from the dentist. My grandfather depicted the epic escape in this illustration. Now, I’m writing a story inspired by it for my fourth My Life book of semi-autobiographical short stories.

Alongside the story, I’m going to include a list of the worst dentist trips in the world ever. I’ve been brainstorming with kids in schools and I would love you to add your horrendous dentist experiences, too.

Leave your idea below as a blog comment (Click ‘Comment’), include your first name and, if I include your idea, your name will be in My Life book 4 (out March 2016)!

Messy Brainstorm with Shailer Park SHS students for Worst Dentist Trip Ever list. Some great ideas.

‘This book is 100% gluten free, 100% fat free, 100% organic and 35% fact free. It has no added sugar and contains absolutely NO NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS AT ALL! May contain traces of NUTS!’ 

– Raph Atkins, kid author, llama enthusiast


‘This book of funny, ridiculous and really pretty disgusting short stories 

is sure to make you laugh out loud.’ 

Kate, Lamont Books

My Life & Other Massive Mistakes (March 2015, Random House Australia) is my third book of semi-autobiographical, weird-funny-gross adventures starring Tom Weekly and illustrated by the one and only Gusto Gordon.


  Buy a copy of My Life & Other Massive Mistakes, signed by the author Tristan Bancks

Have you ever helped your pop escape from a nursing home? Does your teacher have a problem with his bowels? Have you ever mined your teeth for cash? Is there a girl or boy at school who will stop at nothing to kiss you? And do you know someone with the worst case of nits in world history?
I do. I’m Tom Weekly and this is the third book in my life story.
The stories were written during my six-month European / SE Asian family travel adventure late last year and early this year.



Mad Cat by Gus Gordon

Thanks for the enormous support of My Life and Two Wolves over the past year. I’m super-blessed to be part of an extraordinary network of people who care about reading, storytelling and creativity. And HUGE thanks to reader Ruby Barker who came up with a name for the book in blog comments in my Search for a Title. Ruby has received a signed set of all three My Life books.

Nit Plague by Gus Gordon.

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With the same kind of hilarity, groan-making grossness, ridiculous situations and craziness [as the Andy Griffiths and Jeff Kinney laugh-out-louds], boys in particular will revel in these books from Tristan Bancks.’

– Sue Warren – Oz Teacher-Librarian Network


‘Top Book Gift for Kids’ The Book Chook

‘I was reminded of Paul Jennings’ short stories… The stories start off plausible but by the end have stretched into (very funny) tall tales. Recommended for upper primary / lower secondary students, public libraries and reluctant readers everywhere.‘ – Magpies Magazine

Synopsis (What’s it About?)

Is your grandpa super-angry? Has your Nan ever tried to climb Mt Everest? Have you started your own playground freak show? And have you ever risked your life to save your pet rat from certain destruction?

I have. I’m Tom Weekly and this is my life. Inside the covers of this book you’ll read lots of weird-funny-gross stories and learn the secret of my strangest body part. But I guarantee that won’t freak you out as much as the story of how Stella Holling, a girl who’s been in love with me since second grade, tricked me into kissing her.


  Buy a copy of On The Run, signed by the author Tristan Bancks

I tried to make a 2-minute video about the book with a bunch of rotten kids. It was kind of a disaster…

Read a Free Sample of Short Story, Freak!


”If you’re a fan of Andy Griffiths and Jeff Kinney, My Life and Other Stuff That Went Wrong is the book that has been missing in your life.’ – The Little Bookroom, Melbourne

Learn to draw My Life’s Tom Weekly in this 41-second masterclass with illustrator, Gus Gordon

Download My Life Colouring-In Pages


What kids and critics are saying:

Here’s what reviewers said about the first Tom Weekly book, My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up

‘These bite-sized bursts of fun are inspired by Paul Jennings, Andrew Daddo and Andy Griffiths, the sort of stories that will keep kids enthralled.’ – Oliver Phommavanh in Buzz Words Books 

‘A sort of Aussie tall-tale version of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Bancks’ latest features stories with a high-level gross-out factor.’ – Booklist 

‘Are you ready to laugh? Yes? Good. Because you won’t be able to help yourself once you open this cover … Boys will love this book. Fans of Griffiths, Gleitzman and Jennings will be thrilled to have this book in their collection.’ – www.kids-bookreview.com

[BIG thanks to all the kids who have offered ideas as the stories and covers have developed and to the brilliant Gus Gordon, Zoe Walton, Brandon VanOver, Catriona Murdie, Sophie Hamley and Astred Hicks, whose story smarts, design skills, illustration and editing have brought the book to life.]