Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker by Joanna Nadin

Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker

Written by Joanna Nadin
Illustrated by Jess Mikhail
Part of the Penny Dreadful Series

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February 2013 Book of the Month

Three lively stories for newly- confident readers matched by eye-catching illustrations are gathered up in this one volume. Of course, Dreadful is not Penny’s real name but it fits her well, as these stories about how she decides to track down a vampire, give her miserable neighbour a makeover and ends up being a record breaker easily demonstrate. Attractively presented and fun to read.


Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker by Joanna Nadin

Three hilarious short stories in one book: Penny Dreadful versus the Vampire, in which Penny is worried about growing up to be a clown and decides to embark on a career as a vampire hunter instead; Penny Dreadful Looks on the Bright Side, in which miserable Grandma Grimshaw comes to stay and Penny and her best friend Cosmo appeal to her softer side, and Penny Dreadful and the World Record, in which Penny attempts to get her name in the record books.


'Side-splittingly funny' - The Bookseller; 'Can not be read with a straight face' - Sarah's Book Reviews; 'There is never a dull moment when Penny Dreadful and her best friend Cosmo Moon Webster are around. Simply wonderful!' - First4Dads; 'Don't miss the comic genius that is Penny Dreadful, a wickedly funny new creation and worthy contender to Horrid Henry' - The Bookseller; 'A truly apt title for a book that features the escapades of a small, well-meaning girl whose good intentions create havoc... This is a very funny book for newly independent readers' - The Irish Examiner; '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' - Just Imagine Story Centre'

About the Author

Joanna Nadin

Currently a 2016 Carnegie Medal nominee for Joe All Alone, 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. 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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Usborne Publishing Ltd

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1st February 2013




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