Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures: A Right Royal Disaster by Simon Bartram

Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures: A Right Royal Disaster

Written by Simon Bartram
Part of the Bartram, Simon Series Series

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Bob, the much loved Man on the Moon, is back in a wonderfully witty and crazy new extra-terrestrial adventure for beginner readers. As ever, bob doesn’t believe in aliens! But when it looks as if he might lose his head after he tinkers with a statue of the queen, someone comes to the rescue. Could it be an ALIEN? Loads of illustrations bring the story to life.

And a message from Mike Jolley, the Art Director at the Publisher:

Wonderfully bonkers, and as British as a mini pork pie, Simon Bartram is a unique voice in children's publishing. His books have a refreshingly 'real' heart and natural character.

Bob and Barry started life in Simon's glorious picture books, and now, with this witty new series, he has successfully launched them into the young fiction arena. While the illustrations are in black and white, they are as mind-bogglingly detailed and amazing as any of his colour work.

To my mind, Simon is one of the best British illustrators in the universe!


Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures: A Right Royal Disaster by Simon Bartram

Second title in a new fiction series for 5-8 year olds 'Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures'. Every year, Queen Battleaxe picks one unlucky astronaut to host her birthday party and now Bob has the horrible honour! The party has to be super-amazing, otherwise the queen will have the Moon towed away. Bob gets a famous artist to make a statue of Her Highness to stand on the Moon, but when he decides to make a few little tweaks, he knocks off the head! Luckily, Bob saves the day and it ends up being The Queen Battleaxe’s best birthday ever!

About the Author

Simon Bartram

Simon was our Guest Editor in September 2010. Click here to see all his selections.

Simon Bartram is one of the most talented picture book illustrators and authors working today. He realised very early on that he wanted to be an illustrator as he always loved drawing and was an avid consumer of comics. His  first illustration was for Roy of the Rovers when he was eleven. He graduated from Birmingham Polytechnic with a  first class degree in illustration in 1990, and his art style is heavily in uenced by artists such as Peter Blake, Stanley Spencer and Reg Cartwright. Simon has been shortlisted for several major illustration awards including The Mother Goose in 1999 and the Kate Greenaway Award twice.

This is what the Art Director at Templar, his publisher, has said about him:

'Simon is wonderfully bonkers, and as British as a mini pork pie. he is a unique voice in children's publishing and his books have a refreshingly 'real' heart and natural character. He's one of the best British illustrators in the universe!'

Simon is a mad keen football fan and supporter of Sunderland. He lives in
Newcastle with his wife Nicola and their son. Simon’s other books for Templar include: Pumpkin Moon, A Winter’s Tale, Dougal’s Deep-Sea Diary, The Alien Spotters Guide and Watch Out for Sprouts.

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80 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Templar Publishing

Publication date

1st February 2010




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