Short story collection, 1998 (The Just! series)
Just Annoying! is the second book in the Just! series, contains 9 short stories about Andy's extremely annoying behaviour.
Is this the right book for you?
Take the ANNOYING TEST and find out.
- Do you ask 'Are we there yet?' over and over on long car trips?
- Do you like to drive people mad by copying everything they say and do?
- Do you hog the shower and use up all the hot water?
- Do you enjoy asking silly questions that have no real answers?
- Do you swing on the clothesline whenever you get the chance?
SCORE: One point for each 'yes' answer.
3-5 You are obviously a very annoying person. You will love this book.
1-2 You are a fairly annoying person. You will love this book.
0 You don't realise how much fun being annoying can be. You will love this book.
1. Are we there yet?
Andy is so annoying on a long car trip that his parents finally follow through on their threat to stop the car and leave him by the side of the road. He is rescued by a mad motorcyclist who picks him up and sets off in pursuit of Andy's parents.
2. Copycat from Ballarat
Andy is annoying his sister, Jen, by copying everything she says and does, so when she gets dressed up and heads off to the school dance so does he. His annoying prank backfires on him, however, when Craig Bennett (the boy Jen has a crush on) develops a crush on Andy!
3. Wish you weren't here
Andy steals a neighbour's garden gnome and takes it on holidays with him. His plan is to send photos of the gnome to the neighbour as a joke, but his scheme is thwarted when he starts to suspect that the gnome is evil and is trying to kill him.
4. Imaginary friends
An imaginary friend Andy invents to get him out of having to go to the school sports day (Fred is ill and needs Andy to stay home to look after him). The plan backfires, however, because Andy's mum quickly develops an affection for Fred and starts paying far more attention to him than she does to Andy.
5. In the shower with Andy
Andy realises a long-held dream by sealing up the shower cubicle so he can fill it with water. He does the job too well, however, and soon realises he is trapped and the water is rapidly rising!
6. Would you rather?
Andy manages to annoy his whole family at the dinner table with the simple question, 'Would you rather be eaten by ants or lions?'
7. Murder, bloody murder!
Andy and Danny annoy Andy's neighbour by shouting 'Murder, bloody murder!' When he threatens to kill them if they don't shut up they decide their lives depend on calming him down, but their attempts only seem to enrage him further.
8. The last Jaffa
Andy creates havoc in a cinema during a James Bond movie by clambering about under the seats trying to retrieve a Jaffa he dropped (the last one in the packet).
9. Swinging on the clothesline
Andy's parents attempt to stop him from swinging on the clothesline by tying a large, fierce dog to it. But all Andy sees is an opportunity to harness the brute strength of the dog to propel himself even faster.