Game Over, Pete Watson

by Joe Schreiber and Andy Rash

In this rib-tickling illustrated middle grade novel, video game obsessed Pete Watson discovers the only thing scarier than espionage is the girl of his dreams.

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544157569
  • ISBN-10: 0544157567
  • Pages: 224
  • Publication Date: 03/11/2014
  • Carton Quantity: 24

About the book

When videogame obsessed Pete Watson discovers his dad is not only a super-spy but has been kidnapped and is now trapped inside a video game, he has to use his super gaming skills and enter the game to rescue him.  Will he be able to save his friends and family and the entire world from giant mechanical cockroaches and a massive cyber attack set to take down the world's network?  And if he succeeds, who will save Pete from his massive crush on Callie Midwood?
   From the comedic mind of Joe Schreiber (Lenny Cyrus School Virus, Au Revoir Crazy European Chick, Perry's Killer Playlist), comes an action-packed Alex Rider-meets-Greg Heffley middle grade romp that grabs readers by the funny bone and doesn't let go! Illustrated throughout with black and white comic drawings by Andy Rash.

About the author
Joe Schreiber

JOE SCHREIBER is the New York Times bestselling author of adult novels Death Troopers, Chasing the Dead, and Eat the Dark. His other novels for young people include, the critically acclaimed Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick, Perry's Killer Playlist, and Lenny Cyrus, School Virus. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and children. 

Andy Rash

Andy Rash was born on a mountain top in Tennessee, educated in the swamps of Georgia and the canyons of New York, and lives with his wife and son in Milwaukee. He has illustrated for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Entertainment Weekly and The New Yorker. His children's books have received received numerous accolades, including an Amazon Editor's Choice Award and the Brown County Book Award (Indiana). Visit




On the Saturday morning that I almost triggered the end of the world, I woke up early. I was excited for three reasons:

  1) No school.

  2) Mom and Dad would be at Dad’s company softball game, which meant that I would have the house to myself all day.

  3) BRAWL-A-THON 3000 XL!!!!

   The original Brawl-A-Thon 3000 is my favorite video game of all time. If you asked me to rank my top ten games, it would go something like this:

   1) Brawl-A-Thon 3000

   2) Santa’s Go-Kart Apocalypse

   3) Galactic Sheep-Sheep

   4) Galactic Sheep-Sheep Returns

   5) Maynard GermQuake’s Return to ToxiCity

   6) Ninja Geeks: Fist of Algebra

   7) Doctor Dragon’s Dojo of Doom

   8) Unicorn Zombies

   9) Tomb of the Penguin Warlord

   10) Mr.  Thumb  Goes  to  Market  (it’s  better  than  it sounds)

   The exact order might change based on how I’m feeling that day, but trust me, Brawl-A-Thon 3000 is always at the top of the list.

   Now I know there’s more to life than video games. You have to have laptops and iPhones too, so you can download apps and watch videos and take pictures and write books like this one, which I couldn’t even type up without my mom’s laptop. I’m also going to use the drawing program, because a picture is worth a thousand words, and I want this book to be at least fifty thousand words long, so I figure fifty pictures ought to do it.

   The point is, I’m not one of those guys who’s just going to sit here and tell you that video games are the only things that matter.



The original Brawl-A-Thon 3000 is the single greatest video game in history. In fact, the experts all agree that it’s pretty much the reason that video games were invented in the first place. Yes, it’s that good.

   First of all, imagine parachuting down onto this half-destroyed island where packs of vicious half-mechanical animals have taken over. You have to build a character out of all these leftover machines and animal parts and fight an army of mutant machine beasts called MechReatures.

   Also, on this island time flows backwards and forward so that one minute you might be tearing a MechReature apart and the next minute you’re accidentally building it up again. There are all kinds of mini games along the way where you have to shoot poison weeds and play speed chess against superintelligent monkey MechReatures. At the end of every level you have to battle a Mega-MechReature who is made up of all the worst parts of the guys you just fought. And that’s just the beginning.

Dad says there’s more to life than video games and nobody ever made the world a better place by battling mechanical wolves and laser-eyed hyenas all day, and I guess everybody’s entitled to their opinion.

   But I have been playing Brawl-A-Thon 3000 for three years and I have gotten farther than anybody else I know, except for Wesley Midwood, who used to be my best friend.

   What happened?

   It’s a long and tragic story.


"A progressively silly, retro-geeky action story for the YOLO generation"


"Schreiber remains talented at combining anything-can-happen action and on-the-mark humor...Rash's spot cartoons are entirely in sync with the story's goofy metafictional humor and deliver many jokes themselves, making the novel read like a distant action-oriented cousin to the Wimpy Kid books."

—Publisher's Weekly

"Short chapters, engaging titles, lists, and several diary-type sketches will appeal to kids with short attention spans."

—School Library Journal

"A madcap adventure that leaves no doubt that 'video games are serious business.'"