Happy Birthday Spider McDrew by Alan Durant


Happy Birthday Spider McDrew by Alan Durant

A second title about this lovable character who never quite manages to keep up with his classmates. Schools stories with the essential feel-good factor. Spider is always saying and doing the wrong thing: he forgets the punchlines to his own jokes; he daydreams in class; he always has odd socks on; and he even gets into a muddle over his party invitations. He may be a hopeless case, but is the most lovable of children and usually turns out to be the hero. Three stories in one book: in the first, Spider's class visits a doughnut factory but instead of a doughnut, Spider decides to make a doughnut man. In the second story, Spider's class as doing a project on the USA. Everyone is supposed to come to schools dressed as a cowboy, but Spider decides to be Geronimo. In the third story, it's Spider's birthday and he makes and gives out invitations - but for the wrong day!

About the Author

Alan Durant

Alan Durant is the author of books for a wide age-range, from picture books such as Burger Boy to top-end teenage thrillers. He also writes prize-winning poetry.

He was born in Surrey, went to Trinity School in Croydon and then to Keble College, Oxford to read English. Having worked as a copywriter at Walker Books, he is now a full-time author. He’s married, with three children and lives just outside London. He does a lot of school visits throughout the UK and abroad and also runs writing workshops.

In 2007 he won the Portsmouth Children's Picture Book Award for Burger Boy and the Stockport Children's Book Award for Football Fever. He has won the Kingston Borough/Waterstone's Poetry Prize on two occasions. In 2008 he won The Royal Mail Award for Scottish Children's Books for Billy Monster's Daymare which also won the 2009 Portsmouth Children's Book Award.

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96 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Publication date

2nd August 2004



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