Penny Dreadful is a Complete Catastrophe (Penny Dreadful Book 2) by Joanna Nadin

Penny Dreadful is a Complete Catastrophe (Penny Dreadful Book 2)

Written by Joanna Nadin
Illustrated by Jess Mikhail

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Side-splittingly funny stories for young girls who are reading confidently. Penny Dreadful (not her real name) creates havoc wherever she goes and whatever she does! She has some really brilliant ideas, the only trouble is, they often seem to go horribly wrong… Propelled by a great sense of humour, these highly-illustrated stories are perfect for anyone who enjoys a laugh. Joanna Nadin's Penny Dreadful is a wickedly funny creation and worthy contender to Horrid Henry.


Penny Dreadful is a Complete Catastrophe (Penny Dreadful Book 2) by Joanna Nadin

Penny Dreadful is a magnet for disaster. Starring in three brand-new stories, Penny creates mishap, mayhem and misadventure wherever she goes:

'Penny Dreadful and the Rat' – Penny is charged with looking after Rooney the class rat for the weekend to learn about responsibility. But when the only thing she’s responsible for is losing Rooney, and the class is overrun with rat babies thanks to Rooney’s secret replacement, she’s in big trouble - again.

'Penny Dreadful’s Show-and-Tell' – Penny has always wanted to win a gold star for show-and-tell, but strangely showing a dead wasp hasn’t done the trick. So she decides to dig for buried treasure and amazingly discovers a two-headed dinosaur skeleton! Only when her neighbour arrives back from holiday to discover that someone has dug up his beloved pets, he’s not happy at all...

'Penny Dreadful and the CATastrophe' – When Gran ends up in hospital on her birthday thanks to Penny’s patented burglar trap, Penny is determined to cheer her up with a visit from Barry the cat (and a half-eaten Battenberg cake). But Barry is not too keen on the idea – and neither is beady-eared Sister Goggins.

Get ready for a taste of destruction with this second side-splitting trio of tales of trouble. Penny Dreadful would have even Minnie the Minx running for cover. Nothing is safe when she’s around.


"Don't miss the comic genius that is Penny Dreadful, a wickedly funny new creation and worthy contender to Horrid Henry." - The Bookseller

About the Author

Joanna Nadin

Joanna Nadin is a winner of the Fantastic Book Award, the Surrey Book Award, Blue Peter 'Book of the Month' and Radio 4 Open Book 'Book of the Year'. She has been shortlisted for the Booktrust Best Book Award and Queen of Teen, and Spies, Dad, Big Lauren and Me was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club. In 2011, Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Joe All Alone was nominated for the 2016 C ILIP C arnegie Medal. She writes the Flying Fergus series with Sir Chris Hoy. Joanna previously worked as a policy writer for the Labour Party and a special adviser to the Prime Minister. She continues to freelance as a speechwriter and editor, and lectures in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

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144 pages


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1st September 2011




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