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Giles Andreae speaks to Graham Marks

Author Spotlight

Giles Andreae is not only the bestselling author of such award-winning picture books as Giraffes Can’t Dance, Rumble in the Jungle and The Lion Who Wanted to Love, he’s also the man behind the entertaining world of Purple Ronnie, as well as The Interesting Thoughts of Edward Monkton. Here he talks to Graham Marks about all the many and varied bits of his very creative life, including toilet brush poetry.

Wren & Rook

The Marvellous Adventure of Being Human

Max Pemberton
Authors:
Max Pemberton

Join Doctor Max Pemberton as he takes you on a marvellous adventure around the human body! Shrink yourself down as small as you can go. No - much smaller than that! You'll need to be small enough to crawl up nostrils, peer inside eyeballs and float through the bloodstream, because we're about to embark on an amazing trip through your awesome anatomy.On our travels we'll discover startling facts about how our bodies work and why they're so extraordinarily special. And that's not all - Dr Max will be on hand to help you feel your best with his expert body boosting tips on living and eating well.So grab your magnifying glass and stethoscope, and let's set off on our marvellous adventure of being human!

Franklin Watts

The Vikings

Sonya Newland
Authors:
Sonya Newland

Which genius ideas and inventions began with the Vikings? What did they develop that we use to this day? Find out how the Vikings built their longships and set sail from their homeland, forging a path across the sea on raiding and trading expeditions. Discover their brilliant developments in navigation, transport, government and language that have influenced the way we live today.

Franklin Watts

Ninja

Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore
Authors:
Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore
Franklin Watts

Driving Force

Jonny Zucker
Authors:
Jonny Zucker

Leo's football skills are...well let's just say he's not his team's star player. But when he visits a football museum everything changes in a flash. He can talk to football superstars - and they help to coach him!In Driving Force, Leo is transported to Steven Gerrard's childhood home in Liverpool where he is given tips on how to drive an attack forward. Leo has to learn fast, because before he's ready he has to help Steven fight back against Milan in the 2005 Champions League Final - and Liverpool are 3-0 down! A fantasy football tale from another dimension!This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books children can't put down.

Franklin Watts

Hottest Shot

Jonny Zucker
Authors:
Jonny Zucker
Franklin Watts

Free Kick Pro

Jonny Zucker
Authors:
Jonny Zucker
Franklin Watts

Demon Dribbler

Jonny Zucker
Authors:
Jonny Zucker

Leo's football skills are...well let's just say he's not his team's star player. But when he visits a football museum everything changes in a flash. He can talk to football superstars - and they help to coach him!In Demon Dribbler, Leo is transported to Brazil where he is coached on a beach by Pelé, the world's greatest football player. He picks up some skills, and then actually helps Pelé out in the 1970 World Cup Semi-Final. A fantasy football tale from another dimension!This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books children can't put down.

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Spellbound

Ellie Boswell
Authors:
Ellie Boswell

Sophie is a witch and Katy is a witch-hunter, so they really shouldn't be friends! Somehow they brought their families together, but now disaster has struck and Katy's parents are on the run. When Katy suddenly disappears too, it's up to Sophie to find her. She's never had to face an adventure without her best friend before, and this one will be the most dangerous yet!Can she use her magic to bring everyone back home safely?

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Secrets and Sorcery

Ellie Boswell
Authors:
Ellie Boswell
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Undercover Magic

Ellie Boswell
Authors:
Ellie Boswell
Franklin Watts

Andy Murray

Roy Apps, Chris King
Contributors:
Roy Apps, Chris King
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Witch of Turlingham Academy

Ellie Boswell
Authors:
Ellie Boswell

It's not easy being the only day girl at Turlingham Academy: Sophie misses out on all the midnight feasts and late night gossip. And when new girl Katy turns up it feels like she's bewitching all of Sophie's friends! Katy's no witch, but there is a witch at Turlingham. Katy comes from a long line of witch hunters whose job is to stop evil magic. Sophie is going to help her - anything to get Katy out of her life and get things back to normal. But what she discovers means nothing will ever be normal again!

Franklin Watts

Dracula

Bram Stoker
Authors:
Bram Stoker
Franklin Watts

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Jules Verne
Authors:
Jules Verne

Axel Lidenbrock and his uncle, the great explorer Professor Otto Lidenbrock, embark on a historic journey to discover the heart of the Earth. Climbing down the shaft of a volcano, they find a magical world inhabited by prehistoric creatures. But then the volcano starts to rumble...Adapted by Penny Dolan from the original novel by Jules Verne.A series of adaptations of well-known stories, designed to introduce young readers to the classics. Divided into short chapters and illustrated with modern black and white artwork, each title will offer the reader an accessible and exciting read.

Franklin Watts

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte
Authors:
Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre is the story of an orphan girl who overcomes a lonely and miserable childhood to find a position working as a governess for the mysterious Mr Rochester at grand Thornfield Hall. But as Jane finally finds happiness, long-buried secrets from the past threaten to destroy everything...Adapted by Maggie Pearson from the original novel by Charlotte Bronte.A series of adaptations of well-known stories, designed to introduce young readers to the classics. Divided into short chapters and illustrated with modern black and white artwork, each title will offer the reader an accessible and exciting read.

Franklin Watts

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Jules Verne
Authors:
Jules Verne
Franklin Watts

Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens
Authors:
Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist is the classic tale of a poor orphan boy who runs away from an abusive master, only to fall in with thieves and robbers on the cruel streets of 19th-century London. Eventually Oliver discovers the truth about his past, and finds a true home. Adapted by Maggie Pearson from the original novel by Charles Dickens.A series of adaptations of well-known stories, designed to introduce young readers to the classics. Divided into short chapters and illustrated with modern black and white artwork, each title will offer the reader an accessible and exciting read.

Steve Barlow

As 50% of the Two Steves, Steve Barlow has written over 160 books with Steve Skidmore since their first published work appeared in 1988. Born in Crewe, he was educated at Crewe Grammar School, Warwick University and Nottingham University before a varied career in teaching, acting, stage management and puppetry. He worked in a village school in Botswana for four years before returning to the UK and working with Steve Skidmore. The Two Steves tour extensively in the UK and overseas, and are frequent visitors to book festivals including Edinburgh and Hay. Their work for Hachette includes the highly popular I Hero and Crime Team choose-your-adventure books, and their I Horror series is raising the short hairs at the back of readers' necks with Orchard Books.

Steve Skidmore

Steve Skidmore writes with Steve Barlow. Together they are Britain's most popular comedy writing and performing double act for young people. Not surprisingly, they are known as The 2 Steves!The 2 Steves met over twenty years ago when they were both teaching in Nottingham. Since then they have written over 160 books together. They have also acted as series editors on numerous reading programmes for several major publishing houses.The 2 Steves are in great demand for author visits to schools, colleges and libraries across the world. They also undertake INSET events and make regular appearances at Literary Festivals.Steve Skidmore is shorter than Steve Barlow and less hairy. He was born in Birstall near Leicester in England. After managing to pass some exams at school, he went on to Nottingham University to supposedly read English, but spent most of his time playing sport and doing a variety of summer jobs including counting pastry pie lids (yes, really). He trained as a teacher of Drama, English and Film studies, before teaming up with Steve Barlow to become a full time author.He lives in Leicester and is a great rugby fan (he supports Leicester Tigers - "Come on you Tiiiiigeeeers!").

William Potter

For the past decade, former Top 30 indie-pop bass player William Potter has been writing, illustrating and editing children's titles, including hundreds of comics. These have taken him around the world, to the sea bed, the past and the distant future.