The Black Knight of Gressingham 4u2read by Philip Ardagh

The Black Knight of Gressingham 4u2read

Written by Philip Ardagh
Illustrated by Mike Phillips
Part of the Gressingham Trilogy Series

7+ readers   Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly   9+ readers   
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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 raising too. Peasant Squat is recruited by the outlaws specifically to help them see off the unpleasant and seemingly invincible knight Sir Jack de Zack. The way in which Squat does this is very ingenious indeed and though short, as all Barrington Stoke books are, it’s a thoroughly satisfying story. The narrative voice is particularly droll and the author’s interjections great fun. ~ Andrea Reece

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+

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The Black Knight of Gressingham 4u2read by Philip Ardagh

Third instalment of funnyman Philip Ardagh's Olde Worlde Gressingham trilogy following the Green Men. A Robin Hood-esque tale sure to have readers laughing out loud.

Squat is simply minding his own business in hishovel when his friend Big Jim invites him to jointhe Green Men of Gressingham. If only Squat hadknown...Soon he is living as an outlaw in the forestand taking on the dreadful Sir Jack de Zack!

Green Men of Gressingham

Red Dragons of Gressingham

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+

About the Author

Philip Ardagh

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

Drawing on the weird and wonderful characters and settings from the Grubtown books, 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!

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64 pages


Philip Ardagh
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Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

15th June 2015




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