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Guy Bass - Author

Guy Bass grew up dreaming of being a superhero – he even had a Spider-Man costume. The costume doesn't fit anymore, so Guy now contents himself with writing and drawing the occasional picture. He writes the Gormy Ruckles series for Scholastic UK, as well as the popular Dinkin Dings series for Stripes. In 2010, Dinkin Dings and the Frightening Things won a CBBC Blue Peter Book Award in the "Most Fun Story with Pictures" category. Guy lives in London with his wife.

A Q&A with the Author

Where did the idea for the Stitch Head series come from? I wanted to write a gothic monster / mad professor story. The initial idea was about two leftover body parts from the professor’s experiments - an arm and leg - which were alive, and understandably resented their lot! As it turns out, living limbs are considered a bit much for children’s fiction, and I was rightly asked to think again. Then I started to wonder how this mad professor got started. Maybe his first creation wasn’t all that monstrous or scary or impressive; maybe it had been forgotten, like an old toy, and longed to be remembered. I did a sketch of a little creature with stitches all over his face and things started to fall into place.

Apart from Stitch Head, who have been your favourite characters in the series? Arabella is fun to write. She became a major character almost by accident. She’s everything Stitch Head isn’t – rash, brash, and recklessly bold – and she approaches every problem by kicking it in the nose. The Creature is great when I want to give Stitch Head something to worry about. It always turns up at the right moment and does the wrong thing – the perfect storm of good intentions and terrible execution.

When you started the series did you know how many you would be writing? It was initially a one-book contract so I did sort of think that was that. I crammed so much into that first story, but ended up having to trim a lot. What I took out became the basis of the second book, and by the time I’d written that I had book three plotted, and so on.

Stitch Head has recently been voted by kids as one of the best Children’s books, how did this make you feel? Gobsmacked, incredulous and humbled, in that order. Everybody involved in Stitch Head put in heaps of work into it, so I’m so chuffed people like it. That vote meant a lot, especially as there was no shortlist. Bonkers. Plus, it was good to know all those bribes paid off.

Sadly this is the last book in the Stitch Head series, but do you have any other books coming? I don’t know how to spell a drum-roll, but I’m making the sound... my new series is called SPYnosaur. I’m really excited about it. It’s your classic secret-agent-gets-his-brainwaves-put-into-the-body-of-a-dinosaur-and-teams-up-with-his-daughter-to-battle-international-criminal-masterminds. With added monkeys.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Guy Bass

The Monster Hunter
Guy Bass - illustrated by Pete Williamson
Highly visual, filled with slapstick humour and with a cast of monstrous but endearing characters, the Stitch Head stories are always great fun. Stitch Head works hard to keep Professor Erasmus and Castle Grotteskew safe – even though his master...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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The Beast of Grubbers Nubbin
Guy Bass - illustrated by Pete Williamson
Stitch Head and the residents of Castle Grotteskew are back for another adventure – hoorah! They're struggling to keep order in the castle which has become home to 100 ravenous human orphans - not even the Creature's ‘entertrainment' show can...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2015
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Frog the Barbarian
Guy Bass
Frog is back for a second hilarious and outrageous adventure following his triumphs in The Legend of Frog. Frog has already saved a princess. What on earth can he do next? This time, the King and Queen of Everything want...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Legend of Frog
Guy Bass - illustrated by Jonny Duddle
The Legend of Frog is the first book in a brand new three-part series by award-winning and best-selling author, Guy Bass. A mash-up of fairy tale, fantasy and science fiction with a hearty helping of humour, The Legend of Frog...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/02/2014
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The Spider's Lair
Guy Bass - illustrated by Pete Williamson
Created by a mad professor Stitch Head is no ordinary boy and his life is very far from ordinary! In this new madcap adventure, Stitch Head finds himself in a tricky spot as he tries to rescue Arabella from...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2013
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The Ghost of Grotteskew
Guy Bass - illustrated by Pete Williamson
Fans of Marcus Sedgwick's Raven Mysteries and Lemony Snicket will love the Stitch Head titles. Join Stitch Head, a mad professor's forgotten creation, on another freakishly funny adventure! Having already escaped the clutches of a creepy circus master and a...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2012
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Stitch Head and the Pirate's Eye
Guy Bass - illustrated by Pete Williamson
If you love adventure, mystery and gothic stories complete with plenty of humour and wacky, sometimes frightening characters including monsters and a mad professor, then this is the book for you. Add in Stitch Head, a little boy -...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2012
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Stitch Head
Guy Bass - illustrated by Pete Williamson
If you liked Marcus Sedgwick's The Raven Mysteries, you'll love this ! Gruesome and scarily witty, this is the spooky story of Stitch Head, a lonely almost-human creature made by a mad professor in the sinister Castle Grotesque. Almost lost...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2011
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Secret Santa: Agent of X.M.A.S
Guy Bass - illustrated by David Lopez
One night a year, Santa J. Claus delivers presents to the children of the world...but for the rest of the time, he's protecting the world as the top secret agent of the Xtremely Mysterious Agency of Secrets (X.M.A.S.), dishing out...
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Format: Paperback | Released 30/09/2010
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Dinkin Dings and the Double from Dimension 9
Guy Bass - illustrated by Pete Williamson
A World Book Day 'Recommended Read' for 2011 When Dinkin is told he needs to wear glasses, he can barely contain his terror, for he knows that there's more to a pair of glasses than meets the eye... In his...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2010
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Dinkin Dings and the Frightening Things
Guy Bass - illustrated by Pete Williamson
Winner of the 2010 Blue Peter 'Most Fun with Pictures' Award. Dinkin Dings is afraid of everything - not just scary things, like being stuck in a lift with a hungry jaguar, but pretty much totally everything (apart...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2009
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Gormy Ruckles: Monster Boy
Guy Bass
This roaringly funny new series for 5+ year olds is from a fresh new talent. Girls and boys alike will love Gormy, the endearing central character who learns the importance of being earnest. Short, easy to read chapters, these fun...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2008
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Gormy Ruckles: Monster Mischief
Guy Bass
Meet Gormy, the small, blue and very hairy monster whose vivid, original and hilarious world comes brilliantly to life and will have children of 5+ returning to time and time again. Gormy Ruckles: Monster Boy is also published to...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2008
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