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Steve Cole - Author

Steve Cole was our Guest Editor in November 2011. Click here to find out more and see some of his favourite books.

Steve Cole is the slightly crazy, highly frantic, millions-selling, non-stop author of Astrosaurs, Cows In Action, Astrosaurs Academy, The Slime Squad, Z. Rex and many other books (including several original Doctor Who stories). He used to edit magazines and books but prefers the job of a writer where you can wear pyjamas and eat chocolate all day.

Steve just can't stop writing - if he does, strange robots appear and jostle him vigorously until he starts again. In his spare time he loves making music, reading old comics, thinking up ideas for new books and slumping in front of a warm TV.

In this video, Steve counts down his top 5 favourite Astrosaurs characters:

You can see more Steve videos on his YouTube channel - click here.

Amanda Craig from The Times recently described the Astrosaurs series as "the kind of inspired, hysterically silly fantasy that boys adore." Here’s a summary of Steve’s four main series – great reading for boys in particular:

ASTROSAURS - Captain Teggs is no ordinary dinosaur - he's an astrosaur! On the incredible spaceship DSS Sauropod, along with his faithful crew, Gypsy, Arx and Iggy, Teggs rights wrongs, fights evil... and eats a lot of grass.

ASTROSAURS ACADEMY - Welcome to the Academy! Teggs Stegosaur is a pupil at the Astrosaurs Academy where all astro-cadets go to complete their training. He hopes to become an ASTROSAUR one day but for now he has classes to attend, missions to complete and lessons to learn. His best friends and roommates, Blink and Dutch, are always his first choice for fun - but also to work with on his homework! Together they make a great team - the Daring Dinos - and get up to all sorts of adventures!

COWS IN ACTION - Moo-vellous ! Professor McMoo is a very clever cow - so clever, in fact, that he has managed to build himself a time machine from discarded farming machinery. He and his two cow friends, Pat and Bo Vine live on the Barmer farm, in fear of the hideous farmer's wife, Betty. But they are also star agents of the C.I.A. - Cows in Action, a crack team of cow commandos! In the future, cows live peacefully with humans as equals, not as food. But some cows in the future try to use the technology of time travel to interfere with history - which the Professor and his team must stop!

SLIME SQUAD - It's time to fight crime... with slime! Mad scientist Godfrey Gunk had a dream - a dream of creating a whole safari park of monsters on an old rubbish dump. It didn't work. Little did Godfrey know that actually after he left the rubbish dump, his dream came true... Meet the inhabitants of Trashland, a whole world full of different types of small slimy monsters who all live peacefully alongside each other - at least until now...

Featured Books, with extracts, by Steve Cole

Young Bond: Strike Lightning
Steve Cole
A signed limited-edition hardback with exclusive extra content. BEFORE THE MAN BECAME THE LEGEND. BEFORE THE BOY BECAME THE MAN. James Bond is back again in Steve Cole's third Young Bond adventure ... When James stumbles upon a horrific sight,...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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Mind Writer
Steve Cole - illustrated by Nelson Evergreen
One of our Super Readable Books of the Year 2016 | Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a Nutshell : accessible | edgy | sinister Branded super-readable Steve Cole's short novel is just that, and the action moves as fast...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/07/2016
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Invisible Inc.
Steve Cole - illustrated by Jim Field
In 3 : invisible goodies – dastardly baddies – killer chickens (poultry-geists!) Steve Cole is a national treasure: creator of series such as Astrosaurs and Magic Ink, and now writing the Young Bond books, he's delighted huge numbers of young...
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Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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Young Bond: Shoot to Kill
Steve Cole
November 2015 Book of the Month Steve Cole steps into Ian Fleming's, and latterly Charlie Higson's shoes in this brand new adventure for the young James Bond, and finds them a very good fit. This is a clever piece of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 22/10/2015
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Reader ReviewedStop Those Monsters!
Steve Cole - illustrated by Jim Field
Bob has always loved the idea of monsters so when his house is picked up by a giant whirlwind and, Wizard-of-Oz like, thrown into an underground world populated by the bizarrest creatures, he's 36% excited, 32% full of wonder, and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Magic Ink
Steve Cole - illustrated by Jim Field
One of our Books of the Year 2013 & May 2013 Book of the Month A comic strip comes to life with the help of some magic ink... a hilarious adventure that could only have come from the madcap mind...
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Format: Paperback | Released 23/05/2013
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Astrosaurs: Earth Attack!
Steve Cole
Astrosaurs Series - No. 20. The Dinosaurs with a difference are back for a super space adventure in this extra long, bumper story and the 20th Astrosaurs title. Captain Teggs Stegosaur must lead his team against his arch enemy General...
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Format: Paperback | Released 29/09/2011
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Slime Squad vs the Alligator Army
Steve Cole
Deliciously slimy, the crime-busting Slime Squad are back for a new adventure. Plog, Flup, Zill and Danjo must pit their wits and use all their courage against the dangerous new monster who is threatening to take over Trashland. Can they...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2011
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Astrosaurs: The Forest of Evil
Steve Cole
Astrosaurs Series - No. 19. Captain Teggs Stegosaur and his team are back for a thrilling new Astrosaurs adventure as they take on a dangerous new challenge. Something is killing crops and making dinosaurs disappear. Captain Teggs and his team...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2011
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Astrosaurs Academy: Space Kidnap
Steve Cole
This is the final exciting adventure in Steve Cole's hit spin-off series, Astrosaurs Academy. After years of training they've finally done it! Teggs and his classmates at Astrosaurs Academy are all set to become real space-exploring astrosaurs! But first they...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2011
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Astrosaurs: The Sabre-tooth Secret
Steve Cole
Astrosaurs Series - No. 18. This series goes from strength to strength. This is the 18th title and it comes complete with free collector cards for kids to play with and to swap with friends. Captain Teggs is no ordinary...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/02/2011
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Slime Squad vs the Killer Socks
Steve Cole
Perfect fodder for boys in particular and if you have a reluctant reader then the Slime Squad is great too. Slimy all action adventure fills the pages as a scientific dream gone wrong results in an old rubbish tip becoming...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/01/2011
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Astrosaurs : The Claws of Christmas
Steve Cole
Astrosaurs Series - No. 11. The astrosaurs are on their way home for Christmas when they encounter millions of Christmas presents flying through space. Teggs and his crew are ordered to take the presents back to Santa Claus and his...
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Format: Paperback | Released 30/09/2010
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Slime Squad vs the Cyber Poos
Steve Cole
Mad scientist Godfrey Gunk had a dream - a dream of creating a whole safari park of monsters on an old rubbish dump. It didn't work. Little did Godfrey know that actually after he left the rubbish dump, his dream...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/08/2010
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Astrosaurs : The Twist of Time
Steve Cole
Astrosaurs Series - No. 17. Captain Teggs is no ordinary dinosaur - he's an astrosaur. On the incredible spaceship DSS Sauropod, along with his faithful crew, Gypsy, Arx and Iggy, Teggs rights wrongs, fights evil and eats a lot of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 29/04/2010
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Astrosaurs : The Star Pirates
Steve Cole
Astrosaurs Series - No. 10. When several spaceships go missing, the astrosaurs investigate - and are attacked by terrifying Star Pirates! The greedy ship-looters have a plan that will wreck the galaxy. Can Teggs stop them in time?
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Format: Paperback | Released 29/04/2010
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Astrosaurs The Space Ghosts
Steve Cole
Captain Teggs is no ordinary dinosaur - he's an astrosaur! The Sauropod crew are sent on a mission to a planet where a team of diplodocus are mining for a very valuable space mineral. But their work is being disrupted...
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Format: Paperback | Released 28/01/2010
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Astrosaurs Riddle of the Raptors
Steve Cole
Captain Teggs is no ordinary dinosaur - he's an astrosaur! On the incredible spaceship DSS Sauropod, along with his faithful crew, Gypsy, Arx and Iggy, Teggs rights wrongs, fights evil and eats a lot of grass.
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Format: Paperback | Released 28/01/2010
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Astrosaurs : The Robot Raiders
Steve Cole
Astrosaurs Series - No. 16. Captain Teggs is no ordinary dinosaur - he's an astrosaur! On the incredible spaceship DSS Sauropod, along with his faithful crew, Gypsy, Arx and Iggy, Teggs rights wrongs, fights evil and eats a lot of...
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Astrosaurs The Skies of Fear
Steve Cole
Captain Teggs is no ordinary dinosaur - he's an astrosaur! On the incredible spaceship DSS Sauropod, along with his faithful crew, Gypsy, Arx and Iggy, Teggs rights wrongs, fights evil and eats a lot of grass!
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Astrosaurs The Mind-swap Menace
Steve Cole
Captain Teggs is no ordinary dinosaur - he's an astrosaur! The Astrosaurs are on another mission when they almost crash into a deserted space station. It turns out to be a dinosaur prison that has been hit by a meteor...
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Astrosaurs The Seas of Doom
Steve Cole
Captain Teggs is no ordinary dinosaur - he's an astrosaur! Teggs and his crew have been sent to a watery planet where a very large and very scary monster has been attacking a local fish factory. When Teggs and Gipsy...
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Format: Paperback | Released 28/01/2010
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Astrosaurs The Hatching Horror
Steve Cole
Captain Teggs is no ordinary dinosaur - he's an astrosaur! Teggs and his crew are trying to transport some very rare and precious eggs across the galaxy to a safe haven where they can hatch.
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Astrosaurs The Terror-bird Trap
Steve Cole
Teggs and his crew have been sent to a beautiful - and previously peaceful - island. The clean-living, vegetarian bactrosaurs have always lived in harmony with their sea-dwelling neighbours, the shark-like predatory megalodons. But now the two races are on...
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Format: Paperback | Released 09/01/2010
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Astrosaurs : The Dreams of Dread
Steve Cole
Astrosaurs Series - No. 15. Captain Teggs is no ordinary dinosaur - he's an astrosaur! Teggs has a nightmare about sabre-toothed bananas and can't believe it when he's actually attacked by them in the middle of a mission. Strange things...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2009
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Astrosaurs : The Carnivore Curse
Steve Cole
Astrosaurs Series - No. 14. Captain Teggs is no ordinary dinosaur - he's an astrosaur! On the incredible spaceship DSS Sauropod, along with his faithful crew, Gypsy, Arx and Iggy, Teggs rights wrongs, fights evil and eats a lot of...
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Astrosaurs : Revenge of the Fang
Steve Cole
Astrosaurs Series - No. 13. To save his schoolfriends Teggs must turn against the DSS and deliver top astrosaur secrets into enemy claws...But When Admiral Rosso finds out, Arx, Iggy and Gipsy are ordered to stop him by any means...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/08/2008
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Astrosaurs : The Sun-snatchers
Steve Cole
Astrosaurs Series - No. 12. The astrosaurs are on a mission to help the planet of the woolly rhinos, where one of their three suns has gone missing. What on earth could have swallowed up such a huge ball of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/02/2008
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Astrosaurs: The Planet of Peril
Steve Cole
Astrosaurs Series - No. 9. A fantastically thrilling and funny addition to the Astrosaurs series where wrongs are put right, where good fights evil and where peace overcomes war. Perfect both for the keen reader but also the reluctant one...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2007
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Astrosaurs: Day of the Dino-Droids
Steve Cole
Astrosaurs Series - No. 7. Astrosaurs are a really collectable series offering dramatic space travel stories peopled with dinosaur characters. Teggs is captain of the amazing spaceship DSS Sauropod. With his dinosaur crew, he travels through space fighting evil and...
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Pigeon
Steve Cole
Freekham high is a school where things rarely go according to plan. Sara and Sam are putting on a school play to celebrate the end of term. Not much could go wrong with that, you might think. But when a...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2006
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Ouch
Steve Cole
Whether you're a reluctant reader or an avid one this brilliant series with four titles out so far – Ouch, Thumb¸ Sock and now Pigeon – is set in a school where weird things happen each and every day. They...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/11/2005
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Sock
Steve Cole
Whether you’re a reluctant reader or an avid one this brilliant series with four titles out so far – Ouch, Thumb¸ Sock and now Pigeon – is set in a school where weird things happen each and every day. They...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2005
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Thumb
Steve Cole
Whether you’re a reluctant reader or an avid one this brilliant series with four titles out so far – Ouch, Thumb¸ Sock and now Pigeon – is set in a school where weird things happen each and every day. They...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2005
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