Thai-riffic! is my first cHEwY creation (book) and was published in June 2010. It is an uplifting and refreshing story about a kid who have their origins and traditions in a place so remote from the kids’ imagination. It’s for anyone trying to make sense of their own family heritage. Anyone caught between two cultures. Anyone wanting to fit in and being treated for who you really are.


  • Hall of Fame at the KOALA Awards 2015
  • Honour Book at the KOALA Awards 2012-13
  • Adapted into a stage production by The Theatre Division in 2017.

So what’s this story about?

Have you ever had an embarrassing family?

Maybe your parents have weird jobs that they can’t stop talking about.

Or maybe your parents do crazy things in front of your friends.

Lengy has that problem and more.

He’s a Thai kid who’s sick of being Thai.

(You would too, if you were having Thai food every single night!)

He wants to keep his background a secret…which is hard to do when his parents are around.

They own a Thai restaurant called THAI-RIFFIC! and want the whole world to eat there…

So just when he’s about to start high school, his parents have this crazy idea to bring more customers to their restaurant.

An idea that includes embarrassing Lengy to new extremes!

He’ll need his new friends and a wacky teacher to help him come up with his own crazy plans…for a normal life. And a slice of cheesy pizza!

So, how do you stop your parents invading your life?

Check out this review from the Boomerang Books blog.

Why did I write it? 

This is the story of my life…sorta.

Even though my parents never owned a Thai restaurant in real life, they were great Thai cooks and I did really love takeaway food (and still do hohoho).

I wanted to be known as an Aussie kid, instead just an Asian or Thai kid and do Aussie things like eat meat pies and play cricket haha. So a lot of my embarrassment and shame rings true in Thai-riffic!

I also used myself in real life to be another character, Mr Winfree. He really is me as a primary school teacher back in the good ol days, wacky and weird, with a whole lot of toys. In fact, the original title for Thai-riffic! was supposed to be called GROW UP SIR where Lengy faces off against Mr Winfree as rivals to run the classroom. In the end, I thought Lengy had a better background story to tell hehe.

Teacher notes

You can check out the Penguin Teachers Notes here.

There is also a dramatic unit about the Thai-riffic! stage adaptation here

For PETAA (Primary Education Teachers Association Australia) members, there is a unit of work based on Thai-riffic here.  

The CopyRight Agency will be developing a fresh unit of work for Thai-riffic! as part of the Reading Australia’s resource list. This will be released in 2021. 






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  • teah Posted May 14, 2019 3:58 am

    good book

  • Ollie Posted August 9, 2019 7:22 am

    Thanks 🙂

  • Eileen Posted October 26, 2019 4:13 am

    I’m definitely going to read it now that I’ve read the blurb!

  • Jacqueline Wheadon Posted May 27, 2020 4:56 am


    Just wondering where your teacher’s notes have gone?

  • Ollie Posted May 28, 2020 1:54 am

    Hi Jacqueline! I’ve updated the links so they should work now 🙂
    Thanks for letting me know

  • shelley sriraksa Posted August 16, 2020 12:55 pm

    Hey is there only 2 books in this series? Does length actually go to Thailand?

  • Ethan Empson Posted September 9, 2020 10:49 pm

    You are awesome dude

  • Ambrose Musgrove Posted September 10, 2020 4:55 am

    You just came to our school your awesome

  • Ollie Posted September 10, 2020 11:53 pm

    Thank you 🙂

  • Justin Li Posted September 12, 2020 1:20 am

    Yeah you did come to our school.

  • Line Posted March 30, 2021 4:17 am

    OMG To be honest with you Phommavanh, this book call Thai Riffic is so cool. WE read it in my class together with my teacher and we laugh together just because it’s so funny. You are so awesome. You change our life. Thank you for sharing this amazing book!!!!

  • Leilani Posted August 4, 2021 12:31 am

    hello i love your books! keep up the good work.:)

  • Ollie Posted August 10, 2021 1:39 am

    Thank you 🙂

  • Ollie Posted August 19, 2021 12:36 am

    Yeah Lengy does go to Thailand…there is a chance Thai-riffic! 3 may happen!

  • Aakif R Posted March 30, 2022 3:15 am

    Hi oliver p, i loved your book

  • Aakif R Posted March 30, 2022 3:16 am

    Are you going to make a new thai riffic

  • Christie Posted April 7, 2022 2:10 am

    Is there an audiobook version of Thai-riffic?

  • Ollie Posted June 1, 2022 7:59 am

    There will be an audiobook coming out in August, stay tuned 🙂

  • Aurthr Posted February 7, 2023 2:09 am

    I Love your books!!!!!!!!!

  • Ollie Posted February 8, 2023 1:47 am

    Thanks Aurthr, great to meet another cHEwY gum gum!

  • Zainab.k Posted March 14, 2023 3:56 am

    Thai-riffic is a really good book, man who doesn’t like reading thai-riffic, in year six, in my school we read this amazing book, we easily get distracted by the words that you twist, please can u make another thai-riffic book?

  • Zainab.k Posted March 14, 2023 3:56 am

    Thai-riffic is a really good book, man who doesn’t like reading thai-riffic, in year six, in my school we read this amazing book, we easily get distracted by the words that you twist, please can u make another thai-riffic book?

  • Ollie Posted April 18, 2023 6:25 am

    Hi there! I have written a sequel called Thai-no-mite, you can read that if you’d like 🙂

  • Anne-Marie Posted June 7, 2023 12:46 am

    Hi Oliver, your links to the drama unit and the PETAA teachers’ notes unit are broken. I’d love to see them up and running again, please.

  • Ollie Posted August 8, 2023 6:09 am


  • Ollie Posted August 8, 2023 6:11 am

    Have you read Thai-no-mite? That’s the sequel to

  • Andrew Posted August 16, 2023 11:06 pm

    The book is very funny, though if i ever bribed my dad to do work i would get a good smack:)

  • bianca Posted December 27, 2023 5:03 am

    best book ive read

  • Ollie Posted March 14, 2024 8:20 am

    Thank you 😀

  • Ollie Posted March 19, 2024 6:05 am

    haha fair enough!

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