This October, comedian and children’s author Peter Helliar will publish a special new Frankie Fish book, with a percentage of profits going to the Luke Batty Foundation. Inspired by the genius prankster character he created, Helliar has written Best Ever Pranks (and More!), a guide to Frankie Fish’s favourite practical jokes, gags and mischief. The book will also contain a special sneak peek of book two in the bestselling series: Frankie Fish and the Great Wall of Chaos (publishing March 2018). With every copy sold of Best Ever Pranks (and More!), publisher Hardie Grant Egmont will donate a percentage of profits to the Luke Batty Foundation, which works to ensure that women and children in Australia feel safe in their homes.
‘Frankie and I are thrilled a percentage of profits will be heading to the Luke Batty Foundation,’ Peter Helliar commented ‘I have had the pleasure of meeting Rosie [Batty] a few times now and like all Australians have been inspired by her grace, courage and determination to make our world safer for our kids.’
‘The Luke Batty Foundation congratulates Peter Helliar on his wonderfully mischievous book. We sincerely thank Peter for his commitment to raising awareness of family violence and supporting our organisation and efforts.’ Stewart McMullin, COO of the Luke Batty Foundation commented.
Helliar’s bestselling debut children’s novel Frankie Fish and the Sonic Suitcase (Hardie Grant Egmont) burst onto the scene in March, and quickly became the number-one children’s novel in Australia, with over 50,000 copies sold to date.
‘I have been truly taken aback by the success of Frankie Fish. Seeing kids dress up as Frankie and Grandad for Book Week, and being sent book reviews and drawings of Frankie from kids all around Australia has been truly heart-warming,’ Helliar commented.
Parents can rest assured that the pranks featured in Best Ever Pranks (and More!) are of the hilarious but harmless variety. A long-time prankster himself, Helliar begins the guide with ‘The Prankster’s Code’, which includes important rules such as ‘Never hurt’ and ‘Always say gotcha!’ to ensure a prankee knows they have been pranked. Aware of the dangers of allergies, Helliar has also deliberately avoided food pranks.