Jumblebum by Chae Strathie


Written by Chae Strathie
Illustrated by Ben Cort

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Winner of Bookbug Readers category (3-7 years) Scottish Children’s Book Award 2013

Fans of Aliens Love Underpants will laugh equally loudly at this story which also has a useful moral. With its gunk on the carpet and junk on the bed, the bedroom of Johnny McNess is such a mess that his mum is sure that the horrible Jumble Monster will soon be along to feast on the horrible slobbery. And mum is right! Luckily, there is one machine that Jumblebum cant stand and Johnny gets him into it as soon as possible. And his room is never messy again!

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Jumblebum by Chae Strathie

A funny story...all about the importance of tidying up. Johnny thinks that his room has its own special style. But his mum thinks his room is...a MESS! Johnny doesn't care...until all the chas attracts the terrible Jumblebum Beast. Will Johnny end up in the Jumblebum's tum - or can his secret plan save the day?

About the Author

Chae Strathie

Chae Stratie was born 32 years ago in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, when he was very small. Since then he has grown a great deal, to the extent that nowadays he is considerably bigger than a baby.

He was educated in a secret underwater laboratory built by the Government, before escaping in a huge bubble at the age of 18. After that he embarked on a series of ill-fated schemes designed to win friends and impress girls. The most notable of these disastrous outings was his attempt to reach the South Pole on a £2.99 plastic sledge pulled by a team of cats.

Chae is a world famous horse-whisperer, weasel-murmerer and bee-shouter and is the creator of all the most successful Broadway musicals since 1982.

Chae Strathie is prone to flights of fancy.

Chae started writing silly stuff for children in his 20’s and has now amassed a sprawling collection of literally three or four picture book stories, two of which have been published by those nice people at Meadowside.

He works as a sub-editor for a national newspaper based in Dundee and lives in a quiet fishing village in Fife with his wife Corinna, daughter Eilidh, three cats, a goldfish and numerous uninvited spiders. Eilidh wants some giant land snails, but if she thinks she’s bringing them into the house she’s got another thing coming.

His greatest claim to fame is once appearing in an episode of Channel 4’s Location, Location, Location. They didn’t find him a house.

He dreams of one day going to Great Yarmouth.

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32 pages


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Publication date

7th January 2013




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