Up For The Cup by Simon Bartram

Up For The Cup

Written by Simon Bartram

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A brilliant story of the unbreakable football bond between father and son, intersersed with essential football facts - strips, goal-celebrations and more - plus famous footballers to spot.


Up For The Cup by Simon Bartram

Charlie and his dad are utter football nutters, and they are especially nutty about their team – Seaburn City. So when their star player has his pre-match good luck ritual (featuring alphabet spaghetti) sabotaged just before the cup final, they’re determined to put things right. Luckily, a vintage tin of alphabet spaghetti and quick thinking on the part of Charlie save the day.

About the Author

Simon Bartram

Simon was our Guest Editor in September 2010. Click here to see all his selections.

Simon Bartram is one of the most talented picture book illustrators and authors working today. He realised very early on that he wanted to be an illustrator as he always loved drawing and was an avid consumer of comics. His  first illustration was for Roy of the Rovers when he was eleven. He graduated from Birmingham Polytechnic with a  first class degree in illustration in 1990, and his art style is heavily in uenced by artists such as Peter Blake, Stanley Spencer and Reg Cartwright. Simon has been shortlisted for several major illustration awards including The Mother Goose in 1999 and the Kate Greenaway Award twice.

This is what the Art Director at Templar, his publisher, has said about him:

'Simon is wonderfully bonkers, and as British as a mini pork pie. he is a unique voice in children's publishing and his books have a refreshingly 'real' heart and natural character. He's one of the best British illustrators in the universe!'

Simon is a mad keen football fan and supporter of Sunderland. He lives in
Newcastle with his wife Nicola and their son. Simon’s other books for Templar include: Pumpkin Moon, A Winter’s Tale, Dougal’s Deep-Sea Diary, The Alien Spotters Guide and Watch Out for Sprouts.

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32 pages


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Templar Publishing

Publication date

1st May 2014




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