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Robert Muchamore speaks to Graham Marks

Interview with Robert Muchamore

For official reasons the characters in Robert Muchamore’s award-winning Cherub and Henderson’s Boys series don’t exist. The man behind these worldwide bestsellers certainly does, and here he talks to Graham Marks about writing, research and how he came to create the shadowy, sometimes savage and very real world of Charles Henderson…

Franklin Watts

Dinner Ladies of Doooooom!

Tommy Donbavand, Kevin Myers
Contributors:
Tommy Donbavand, Kevin Myers

Written by the author of CBBC's Scream Street TV series!There's something weird going on at Penny Bridge School. Kids are asking for extra homework, demanding to stay in at break time to solve maths problems, and running their own spelling tests over lunch. It's unnatural!Two pupils set out to discover the cause of this very odd behaviour, and the trail leads them into the school canteen...Tommy Donbavand's Funny Shorts is a series of 4,000-word colour illustrated, chapter-based readers, which are perfect for bridging the gap between first chapter books and independent reading.Published by Franklin Watts EDGE, using off-white paper and a font recommended by the British Dyslexia Association.

Franklin Watts

There's A Time Portal In My Pants!

Tommy Donbavand, Alice Risi
Contributors:
Tommy Donbavand, Alice Risi

Franklin Watts

The Curious Case of the Panicky Parrot

Tommy Donbavand, Ken McFarlane
Contributors:
Tommy Donbavand, Ken McFarlane

Written by the author of CBBC's Scream Street TV series!Crackpot detectives Pouch and Tray are called in to solve the case when Freddie the parrot disappears (he always did have the gift of the gab). Pretty soon they're on a trail leading to Don Puggoni - otherwise known as "the Dogfather"...Tommy Donbavand's Funny Shorts is a series of 4,000-word colour illustrated, chapter-based readers, which are perfect for bridging the gap between first chapter books and independent reading.Published by Franklin Watts EDGE, using off-white paper and a font recommended by the British Dyslexia Association.

Franklin Watts

Viking Kong

Tommy Donbavand
Authors:
Tommy Donbavand

What do you get when you cross a monster Viking baby who won't stop growing, two kids, a Viking clan and a very big stinky nappy? This book of course! Hold on to your nose as Erik and Freya battle to keep Olf under control, feed him and stop him crying (because he floods the village). Tommy Donbavand's Funny Shorts is a series of full-colour, rip-roaring reads for kids that will have them bawling with laughter. This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get kids reading with confidence. EDGE - for books kids can't put down.

Franklin Watts

Night of the Toddlers

Tommy Donbavand
Authors:
Tommy Donbavand
Franklin Watts

Granny Bit My Bum!

Tommy Donbavand
Authors:
Tommy Donbavand
Franklin Watts

Duck!

Tommy Donbavand
Authors:
Tommy Donbavand

You've fed them bread, now they want you dead in this hilariously comic caper that'll have kids going quackers with laughter, written by the marvellous Tommy Donbavand (of TV's Scream Street fame).Six months from now ducks take over the world - and it's down to Jasmine and Luke to get them back where they belong - on a plate with some delicious hoisin sauce, mmmmm...But the leader of the ducks - The Drake - stands in their way. Tommy Donbavand's Funny Shorts is a series of colour illustrated, chapter-based readers which kids won't be able to resist. So make sure to check them all out (the books that is, not Tommy's actual shorts).This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get kids reading with confidence. EDGE - for books kids can't put down.

Franklin Watts

My Teacher Ate My Brain

Tommy Donbavand
Authors:
Tommy Donbavand

Miss Edwards had always been good looking - the type of teacher fancied by older students and male staff alike. Her long, blonde hair always had that 'just been washed' look to it, and she smelled like a spring day - all honey and strawberries. Miss Edwards didn't smell of strawberries any more. She smelled of rotten meat. Of terror. Of death.This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of booksto get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books children can't put down.

Lauren Child

Lauren Child MBE is a multi-award-winning author and current Children's Laureate, whose books are known and loved the world over. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort. Since her first book was published in 1999, Lauren has sold over six million books in 19 languages worldwide. Her many awards include the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, the Nestle Gold Book Award for That Pesky Rat and the Nestle Bronze Book Award for Beware of the Storybook Wolves. Lauren loves designing and making things and finds it exciting to see her drawings turned into objects. Other favourite things include the cinema, TV matinees, small Italian cars, handbags, cardigans, travelling and being picked up from the airport.

Lauren St John

Lauren St John is the author of several books on sports and music, as well as the award-winning children's series THE WHITE GIRAFFE, the BLUE PETER BOOK AWARD-winning LAURA MARLIN series and THE ONE DOLLAR HORSE trilogy. Her first adult novel, THE OBITUARY WRITER, was published in 2013. Lauren St John is one of the lead voices of Authors4 Oceans, a collective of 50 writers calling to ban the use of plastics in the book industry.Visit Lauren's website at www.laurenstjohn.com, like her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Lauren-St-John/120957211278399 and follow her on Twitter @laurenstjohn

Layn Marlow

Layn Marlow gained a first class degree in Illustration from Southampton Solent University, and has been writing and illustrating picture books ever since. Layn's titles have sold over a million copies worldwide and been translated into more than 20 different languages. A Very Strange Creature was shortlisted for the Red House Book Award and Hurry Up and Slow Down won the Never Too Young Coventry Inspirations Book Award in 2010. Layn lives in Hampshire with her family.

Lee Wildish

Lee Wildish is an acclaimed illustrator. His Spooky, Spooky House won the Overall Red House Children's Book Award, his Spaghetti with the Yeti was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Book Prize, and he has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award and the Sheffield Children's Book Award.

Lisa Regan

Lisa Regan studied English and Linguistics at the University of Nottingham and gained a postgraduate diploma in Publishing at West Herts College. She has written over 400 published titles, including picture books, puzzle books, children's reference and curriculum-linked workbooks. She lives in Colchester, UK, with her sons, and a husband with an encyclopaedic knowledge of football.Her work ranges from magazine-style books on fashion and sleepovers, to highly illustrated STEM titles that fit into schools and libraries lists. Her favourite topics are wildlife and geography, but she also has huge fun writing rhyming tales.

Lucy Daniels

Lucy Daniels is the creator of the bestselling Animal Ark series, which has sold more than 2 1/2 million copies in the UK alone. Animal Ark is being relaunched for a new generation of animal lovers, with exciting brand-new adventures!

Magda Brol

Magda was born in Wroclaw, Poland, where she graduated with a degree in Business and Environmental Sciences. After a few years working in the City of London, she turned her passion for drawing into a dream job, illustrating children's picture books. Magda lives in London with her husband and two young children.

Mark Marshall

Mark was born in London into a creative family including a pianist, actress and dancer. He was encouraged to draw from an early age going on to study Illustration and Painting at the University of Wolverhampton. He lives with his wife, Geraldine, and their two sons. Follow him on Twitter @markjmarshall4

Marta Kissi

Marta Kissi is a London based illustrator originally from Warsaw. She studied BA Illustration & Animation at Kingston University and MA Communication Art & Design at the Royal College of Art. Her favourite part of being an illustrator is bringing stories to life by designing charming characters and the wonderful worlds they live in. She shares a studio in London with her boyfriend and their pet plant Trevor.

Martin Remphry

Martin lives in Cornwall with his wife and son. He is best known for his lively illustrations, and has just recently started writing. He is passionate about home-grown British legends, in particular those from his home island of Sark.

Max Wainewright

Max has written over 20 educational software titles for children. His programs and websites have won a number of awards including BETT, ERA and Practical Pre-School Gold Awards. Max also used to be a primary school teacher. He lives in London with his wife and two children.

Mick Inkpen

Mick Inkpen has been a bestselling children's author for over 25 years. He is one of today's most popular picture book author/illustrators and the famous creator of both Kipper and Wibbly Pig. Mick has won the Children's Book Award for Threadbear and the British Book Award twice, for Penguin Small and Lullabyhullaballoo. Kipper won a BAFTA for Best Animated Film.