Put A Wet Paper Towel on It: The Weird and Wonderful World of Primary Schools by Lee Parkinson and Adam Parkinson @harpercollinsuk #bookreview

Put A Wet Paper Towel On It

Happy Thursday everyone! Today I’m sharing my review of Put A Wet Paper Towel On It by brothers Adam and Lee Parkinson.

Massive thank you to Harper Collins for my e-copy that I received through Netgalley. I’ll admit, I found it that enjoyable that I bought a copy too!

The Blurb

A heart-warming and hilarious look at life in the classroom from the teachers who host the most popular UK education podcast, Two Mr Ps in a Pod(Cast).

Have you ever wondered what really happens during the day when your precious little angels are at school?

In this book, The Two Mr Ps will take you on a side-splittingly funny journey through the weird and wonderful world of primary schools. It will also explore the pressures of modern-day teaching, revealing exactly what it takes to wrangle a chaotic classroom (or seven) on a weekly basis. From the absolute characters found in the staffroom to school-trip mishaps and everything else inbetween, Put A Wet Paper Towel on It is a must-read for teachers and parents alike.

So sit up straight, four legs on your chair, fingers on lips and get ready to take a trip down memory lane. And remember – when in doubt, just put a wet paper towel on it.

What Did I Think?

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a primary school teacher? I think a number of parents over the past 18 months have had a vague idea but what’s it really like in the classroom? Well the Parkinson brothers are here to give you an insight into their working life!

I got myself a copy of Put A Wet Paper Towel On It after being recommended the podcast by the same blokes. I’m not a podcast listener as I fail to concentrate on it whilst I’m working so I figured the book would be the next best thing. And you know what, I loved it.

The banter between the brothers comes over so well in the written word. It’s like two men having a good chin wag over a pint. Their stories are hilarious in the main but some are slightly more emotional. The bit about Mr Crawford made me full on well up

They really capture primary school life to a T. The chapter about school performances is hilarious! As a parent, I’ve been to the nativity performances and everything said is so true.

But what they share isn’t just relevant to a parent. There are messages for all in this book. The five life rules are something we all need to take heed of:

  1. Life is not fair
  2. You get nothing in life for free
  3. Not everyone will like you
  4. Comparison is the thief of joy
  5. If you have a problem, talk about it

These are wise concepts in my book and the last two are the ones I struggle with, particularly number 5.

Put A Paper Towel On It is a very open and opinionated read from two experienced members of the education system. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the anecdotes the Parkinsons had to share, a number rang true both as a parent and as someone who returned to primary school on work experience. If you want an insight into the primary classroom or a vocation into the education system, give Put A Paper Towel On It a read. You won’t be disappointed! And yes, a paper towel is essential for a classroom 😂

Who are Lee and Adam Parkinson?

Lee and Adam Parkinson are two brothers from Manchester who work in primary education. Together in 2018, they set up the hugely successful Two Mr Ps in a Pod(cast), sharing light-hearted and hilarious tales from the classroom and reminiscing on their own school days. The podcast has since amassed over 3 million listens with sold-out live shows across the UK. Put A Wet Paper Towel on It is their first book.