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Philip Ardagh - Author

Philip Ardagh was our Guest Editor in May 2010. Click here to see the books that inspired him.

Philip Ardagh, whose very first Grubtown Tale won him the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, is author of numerous books including the award-winning Eddie Dickens adventures, which have been translated into over 30 languages.

He wrote BBC Radio’s first truly interactive radio drama, collaborated with Sir Paul McCartney on his first children’s book and is a ‘regularly irregular’ reviewer of children’s books for the Guardian. Married with a son, he divides his time between Tunbridge Wells and Grubtown, where he cultivates his impressive beard.

And if your children love Grubtown then do get them to go to www.visitgrubtown.com

Drawing on the weird and wonderful characters and settings from the Grubtown books, visitgrubtown.com features six distinct Grubtown locations – including the Daily Herald newspaper office, the Duckhouse/Museum and Smoky’s cinema. The site incorporates fun audio and video - what more could you ask for!

Featured Books, with extracts, by Philip Ardagh

Reader ReviewedLeafy the Pet Leaf
Philip Ardagh - illustrated by Elissa Elwick
This cheery group of Little Adventurers will charm young readers with the fun they are having with their pets. Finnegan has brought his puppy, Licky Dog, Floss is showing off her cat Podge, Peanut's pet is a little mouse called...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2016
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The Grunts on the Run
Philip Ardagh - illustrated by Axel Scheffler
The Grunts - Mr and Mrs and adopted son Sunny - are back, and as delightfully repulsive as ever. Yes, they wash with cheese (if there's no soap to hand), eat roadkill, and argue with one another all the time...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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The Grunts on the Run
Philip Ardagh - illustrated by Axel Scheffler
The Grunts - Mr and Mrs and adopted son Sunny - are back, and as delightfully repulsive as ever. Yes, they wash with cheese (if there's no soap to hand), eat roadkill, and argue with one another all the time...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/09/2015
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The Black Knight of Gressingham 4u2read
Philip Ardagh - illustrated by Mike Phillips
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7 Philip Ardagh is one of the funniest - and cleverest - authors around and his stories of the Green Men of Gressingham are not only laugh-out-loud funny, they do a fair bit of consciousness...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Unlikely Outlaws
Philip Ardagh - illustrated by Tom Morgan-Jones
There are actually four stories for the price of one in this chunky little book. It brings together three of Philip Ardagh's jolly adventures of the Green Men of Gressingham. The Green Men (brown men would be more accurate –...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2015
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The Grunts in a Jam
Philip Ardagh - illustrated by Axel Scheffler
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Award winning Philip Ardagh's Mr and Mrs Grunt are as disgusting as ever as they trundle into this fourth adventure in their ramshackle caravan which, in a typically unusual way, is drawn...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/09/2014
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The Grunts All at Sea
Philip Ardagh - illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 - June 2013 Book of the Month The Grunts, a family of doubtful charm to whom extraordinary and mostly disgusting things happen, are back for a fabulous new adventure. Everything that...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/06/2013
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Reader ReviewedThe Grunts In Trouble
Philip Ardagh - illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Meet the Grunts! Mr and Mrs, their cat Ginger Biscuit, two donkeys Clip and Clop and Sunny, a child Mr Grunt stole off a washing line as a present for Mrs Grunt. The Grunts roam the land in a ramshackle...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/06/2013
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Reader ReviewedThe Grunts In Trouble
Philip Ardagh - illustrated by Axel Scheffler
September 2012 Book of the Month. Meet the Grunts! Mr and Mrs, their cat Ginger Biscuit, two donkeys Clip and Clop and Sunny, a child Mr Grunt stole off a washing line as a present for Mrs Grunt. The Grunts...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2012
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Philip Ardagh's Book of Kings, Queens, Emperors and Rotten Wart-nosed Commoners
Philip Ardagh
History as it is never taught in schools is given a stylish brush up in this witty guide to all kinds of obscure events – some with more truth than others – never heard before but important to know. Obscure...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2012
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The Red Dragons of Gressingham
Philip Ardagh - illustrated by Mike Phillips
Interest Age 7+ Reading Age 7+. A witty story of a very unusual group of outlaws and the very strange quest they set out on. Once a fearsome fighting force, the Green Men of Gressingham are now best known for their...
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Format: Paperback | Released 18/04/2012
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When Bunnies Turn Bad
Philip Ardagh
The prize-winning Grubtown series is back with a new ludicrous adventure which shows exactly why its predecessor won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. This time Bunny Rabbits – far too many of them – paper aeroplanes and the Sun-Ripe Raisin...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2011
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Green Men of Gressingham
Philip Ardagh
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 7+. The Green Men of Gressingham are medieval outlaws. When a new tax is introduced, they turn to kidnapping! A hilarious play on Robin Hood. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers. ...
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Format: Paperback | Released 22/10/2010
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Henry's House: Romans
Philip Ardagh - illustrated by Mike Gordon
Meet Henry, an ordinary boy in an extraordinary house that's jam-packed full of unexpected things. There's a gladiator in the basement and an arena in the garden. Step inside Henry's House and join Henry, his dog Mothball and a...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2010
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Grubtown Tales: Trick Eggs and Rubber Chickens
Philip Ardagh
Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize for the hilarious adventures in Grubtown, Philip Ardagh, or Beardy Ardagh as his fans know him, has added a fifth title to the series. Life in Grubtown continues on its crazy way. The...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2010
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Grubtown: The Wrong End of the Dog
Philip Ardagh
Grubtown continues to be full of oddballs and a ragbag of bungling buffoons. The town mascot PIJ pelican snatches a famous film star's dog as she's in Grubtown for the world premiere of her latest movie. As with every Grubtown...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/03/2010
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Henry's House: Knights and Castles
Philip Ardagh - illustrated by Mike Gordon
Follow Henry as he tells you all about life in a castle. Learn how to make a bow and arrow, why did knights have coats of arms?, what life was like in the Great Hall as well as life down...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2010
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Henry's House: Space
Philip Ardagh - illustrated by Mike Gordon
Henry's house is full of very unexpected things. This time, the house is packed with all things Roman. There are gladiators, citizens, slaves and schoolboys. Find out all the details of how Romans lived their lives in this witty part...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2010
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Grubtown Tales: The Far From Great Escape
Philip Ardagh
Fantastically and outrageously good fun, this is the latest story set in Grubtown, a very, VERY unusual place. Grubtown is not on a map and if anyone does stumble across it by mistake they'd come away shocked by the grubbiness...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2009
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Henry's House: Egyptians
Philip Ardagh - illustrated by Mike Gordon
Go back in time with Henry, his dog Mothball and his friend Jaggers. Together the three of them find out all they can about how the Egyptians lived. They meet the Pharaoh, learn about the Egyptian gods and goddesses and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/08/2009
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Henry's House: Dinosaurs
Philip Ardagh - illustrated by Mike Gordon
A great introduction for 5+ year olds to the well-known, and sometimes not so well- known, facts about dinosaurs. There are masses of facts about dinosaurs crammed into this attractively produced and entertainingly written information book. Henry, his dog Mothball...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/08/2009
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Henry's House: Bodies
Philip Ardagh - illustrated by Mike Gordon
Masses of fascinating information is contained within this entertainingly written introduction (5+ year olds will love it) to how the body works. Henry is quite an ordinary little boy who likes finding things out. Helped by his dog Mothball and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/08/2009
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Henry's House: Creepy-crawlies
Philip Ardagh - illustrated by Mike Gordon
Fact finding Henry, Mothball the dog and Jaggers the caretaker are back for some more exploration in this introduction to every kind of bug from big hairy spiders to delicate silk-spinning silk worms. Entertainingly presented, there are loads of facts...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/08/2009
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Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky
Philip Ardagh
Winner of the 7 - 14 yr old category of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2009. You cannot fail to find the town of Grubtown and its inhabitants hysterically funny. What goes on defies belief but if you've read books...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2009
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Philip Ardagh's Book Of Absolutely Useless Lists For Absolutely Every Day Of The Year
Philip Ardagh
From Public Enemies to St Paul's Cathedral, every one's fascination with lists will be satisfied once they've digested the 366 included in this attractive, chunky book.
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2008
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Absolutely Useless Lists for Absolutely Every Day of the Year
Philip Ardagh
From Public Enemies to St Paul's Cathedral, every one's fascination with lists will be satisfied once they've digested the 366 included in this attractive, chunky book.
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2007
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Awful End
Philip Ardagh
Meet the family! Part One of the Eddie Dickens Trilogy, introduces Eddie’s new home – Awful End – where he is sent to live after the death of his parents from a disease which turns them yellow and make them...
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Format: Paperback | Released 16/10/2000
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