Ogres Don't Dance by Kirsty McKay

Ogres Don't Dance

Written by Kirsty McKay
Illustrated by Chris Judge
Part of the Ogden the Ogre Series

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Big, green and ugly, Ogden the Ogre doesn’t look like a likely person to find on the dance floor. But despite his size and dodgy coordination, Ogden loves to dance. When Ogden meets a young girl in the woods and promises not to eat her, he lands himself his first dancing lesson. Will Ogden be able to find a partner and fulfil his dancing dreams? A delightfully entertaining story perfectly imagined in Chris Judge’s illustrations.


Ogres Don't Dance by Kirsty McKay

Ogden is a gnarly, man-eating ogre ...with the dream of becoming a dancer. But no one will dance with him - not when they think they're going to be his next meal! Then Ogden meets Willow, a gutsy girl who lives in a tree house in the woods. She makes a deal with him: if he'll stop eating humans, she'll teach him to dance. But there are fouler creatures than ogres in the forest, and they might just scupper Ogden's dancing dreams...

Illustrated throughout by the talented and award-winning Chris Judge.

Shrek meets Strictly Come Dancing!


Delightfully entertaining... perfectly imagined in Chris Judge's illustrations. Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading Lovely funny, touching story. Primary Times Lovely funny, touching story. Primary Times

About the Author

Kirsty McKay

Kirsty McKay is the author of Undead, a wickedly funny zombie-comedy for teens
Now a full time writer, Kirsty originally started out as an actress. She went on to write for the theatre and has written extensively for commercial theatre both in the UK and North America.

Kirsty recently turned her hand to writing children’s fiction. In 2008, Kirsty’s work was included in SCBWI's Undiscovered Voices anthology as part of their annual competition to find new writers. Kirsty was born in the North East of England, but now lives with her husband and small daughter in the United States.

Kirsty appears in this video, the Undead zombie survival guide.

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144 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

1st May 2014




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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