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Kaye Umansky - Author

Kaye Umansky is a very successful writer for children, with her books ranging from picture books to novels.

Kaye Umansky trained as a teacher, only beginning to write after her daughter was born. Kaye is the much-loved author of the Pongwiffy books and lives in London where she writes in an office with stars on the ceiling.

Awards Kay has collected
Nottinghamshire Book Award 1993 for Pongwiffy and The Spell of The Year
TES Junior Music Book Award 1999 for Three Rapping Rats

If you like Kaye Umansky you might also like to read books by Morris Gleitzman.

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Witch for a Week
Kaye Umansky - illustrated by Ashley King
In a nutshell: one of our funniest writers works her magic From the creator of the much-loved Pongwiffy books comes a new series that mixes magic, friendship and comedy together, with an extra helping of charm. Young Elsie Pickles...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Knights of the Drop-Leaf Table
Kaye Umansky - illustrated by Ben Whitehouse
Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 The inimitable Kaye Umansky turns her attention to King Arthur and Camelot in a typically funny and mischievous story. Arthur is being driven to distraction by his knights, who keep pestering him to send...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2017
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Bigger and Better
Kaye Umansky - illustrated by Ben Whitehouse
Interest Age 8-11 Reading Age 8 Characters don't come bigger or better than Vi, the star of this fabulously funny new story by the inimitable Kaye Umansky. Vi is wife of that giant at the top of the beanstalk, but...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2016
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Prince Frog Face
Kaye Umansky - illustrated by Ben Whitehouse
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Andy Stanton describes Kaye Umansky as ‘wickedly funny' and that's very true of her version of The Frog Prince. Prince Valentine's parents are keen for him to find himself a girlfriend, so he summons...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2015
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Algy's Amazing Adventures in Space
Kaye Umansky
A wonderful adventure for a very ordinary boy! Algy lives in an ordinary house and he has an ordinary bedroom which always seems to need tidying up. Just like everyone else! But Algy has a shed in his garden and,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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Algy's Amazing Adventures at Sea
Kaye Umansky
Algy is back and Cherry's little brother Brad is joining them on their adventure to the world behind the plank. This time they discover a tropical island and it just so happens that being by the sea is one of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2014
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The 13th Fairy
Kaye Umansky - illustrated by Stefano Tambellini
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Poor Sleeping Beauty! Everyone knows she was cursed by the wicked fairy out of spite because she wasn't invited to the christening and so fell asleep for 100 years. But it all turns out...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2014
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Reader ReviewedAlgy's Amazing Adventures in the Jungle
Kaye Umansky - illustrated by Richard Watson
Meet Algy. He's just moved house. Moving house is on the long list of things he doesn't like, along with girls, snakes, crocodiles, mad tigers and having adventures. Algy meets Cherry (who just happens to be a girl) from next...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/05/2013
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The Queen's Tale
Kaye Umansky - illustrated by Alexandre Honore
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Snow White's wickedest stepmother is one of the darkest characters in fiction and here she is shown in the very blackest light of all. In a savagely witty contemporary voice, the wicked stepmother tells...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2013
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The Wickedest Witch in the World
Kaye Umansky - illustrated by Gerald Kelley
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ This wonderfully witchy story from best-selling author Kaye Umansky gives a new gloss to the story of Hansel and Gretel. This time, it is told by the witch herself.Having just won the Wickedest Witch Contest,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2013
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Weird Happenings
Kaye Umansky - illustrated by Chris Mould
Interest Age 9-12 Reading Age 8+ The Weirds are a most unusual family in every way; mum is a stunt woman, dad is a scientist with a habit of blowing big things up and gran is just a little bit...
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Format: Paperback | Released 26/10/2012
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Meet the Weirds
Kaye Umansky - illustrated by Chris Mould
Interest Age 9-12 Reading Age 8+ The Weirds are a most unusual family in every way; mum is a stunt woman, dad is a scientist with a habit of blowing big things up and gran is just a little bit...
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Format: Paperback | Released 26/10/2012
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Wildly Weird
Kaye Umansky - illustrated by Chris Mould
Interest Age 9-12 Reading Age 8+ The Weirds are a most unusual family in every way; mum is a stunt woman, dad is a scientist with a habit of blowing big things up and gran is just a little bit...
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Format: Paperback | Released 26/10/2012
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The Stepsisters' Story
Kaye Umansky
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. A romping comedy of catastrophes, this version of the Cinderella story comes straight from the mouths of the step sisters. They make no apology for their terrible behaviour as they greedily pursue their own...
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Format: Paperback | Released 14/02/2012
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Clover Twig and the Perilous Path
Kaye Umansky
A second set of entertaining adventures for Clover Twig, a clever and sensible girl who works for Mrs Eckles, a witch. When the Perilous Path arrives unexpectedly in the woods Clover has to help Mrs Eckles and the rest keep...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2010
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Pongwiffy and the Holiday of Doom
Kaye Umansky
Due August 2009. Pongwiffy the witch hates rainy days because she hates sitting around doing nothing so she decides to organise a holiday for her and her friends at none other than Sludgehaven-on-sea. That will be fun... Pongwiffy the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/08/2009
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Pongwiffy and the Spell of the Year
Kaye Umansky
Due July 2009. Hugo her hamster and her broom decide it's time to muck out Pongwiffy's filthy hovel, much to her annoyance. So to cheer herself up she has a go at one of her granny's really tricky spells that's...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2009
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Pongwiffy and the Goblins' Revenge
Kaye Umansky
Due June 2009. Pongwiffy and her friends are always giving the goblins a hard time, at least that's what they say, so the goblins decide to broomnap the witches' brooms. Oh dear, and if only Pongwiffy had listened to her...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2009
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Pongwiffy: A Witch of Dirty Habits
Kaye Umansky
Anyone who loves slime, sludge and anything else that is disgusting will love Pongwiffy because she loves them all very much. Pongwiffy is a witch with a difference. She is wedded to her bad habits and nobody, not even her...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2009
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Pongwiffy: Back on Track
Kaye Umansky
A brand new adventure for Pongwiffy capturing the modern trend of healthy living. Pongwiffy is still indulging in her disgusting habits in Witchway Wood but suddenly fitness becomes the latest crazy. How will Pongwiffy fare in the witchy sports day....
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2009
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Clover Twig And The Incredible Flying Cottage
Kaye Umansky
Enjoy a fantastic romp through some crazy magic. Clover Twig's new job as cleaner to the stranage Mrs Eckles comes with a very special house. It's a cottage that can fly! But a flying home has many problems - not...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2008
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Author Info

Author's Website

kayeumansky.com/

Author's Blog

kayeumansky.blogspot.co.uk/

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