Guest Editor - Philip Ardagh Guest Editor - Philip Ardagh

The Guest Editor genre allows one of our featured authors to select writers who have inspired or encouraged them and share with you a few thoughts and feelings about each author's work. This month we are featuring the books and choices of the side splittingly funny author of The Grubtown Tales – Philip Ardagh.


Guest editor's featured books

Grubtown Tales: Trick Eggs and Rubber Chickens
Philip Ardagh
Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize for the hilarious adventures in Grubtown, Philip Ardagh, or Beardy Ardagh as his fans know him, has added a fifth title to the series. Life in Grubtown continues on its crazy way. The...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2010
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Grubtown: The Wrong End of the Dog
Philip Ardagh
Grubtown continues to be full of oddballs and a ragbag of bungling buffoons. The town mascot PIJ pelican snatches a famous film star's dog as she's in Grubtown for the world premiere of her latest movie. As with every Grubtown...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/03/2010
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Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky
Philip Ardagh
Winner of the 7 - 14 yr old category of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2009. You cannot fail to find the town of Grubtown and its inhabitants hysterically funny. What goes on defies belief but if you've read books...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2009
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Grubtown Tales: The Far From Great Escape
Philip Ardagh
Fantastically and outrageously good fun, this is the latest story set in Grubtown, a very, VERY unusual place. Grubtown is not on a map and if anyone does stumble across it by mistake they'd come away shocked by the grubbiness...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2009
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Guest editor's chosen books

Harry the Dirty Dog
Gene Zion - illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham
May 2010 Guest Editor Philip Ardagh has chosen this book: This is the simplest of everyday tales beautifully told, with well-chosen words and wonderfully straightforward - characterful - pictures. In essence, it's the story of a white dog with black...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/1992
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes AND The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Iain Pears, Ed Glinert
May 2010 Guest Editor Philip Ardagh comments: I discovered the 'consulting detective' Sherlock Holmes when I was about nine and have remained hooked ever since. I've written a humorous adult book using some of the original Strand magazine illustrations. Not...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/07/2001
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Comet in Moominland
Tove Jansson
May 2010 Guest Editor Philip Ardagh says of this book: What can I say? In early May, I'll be one of a number of guests of the Finnish Embassy and Puffin books celebrating 65 years of the remarkable Moomin books,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 22/02/1973
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Framed
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Prize 2007 'The Book I Couldn't Put Down.'9 - 12 years. Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. What the judges said: Cottrell Boyce's second children's novel is original, charming and funny. A choice of Guest Editors Philip...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2006
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philip ardagh

Philip Ardagh, whose very first Grubtown Tale won him the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, is author of numerous books including the award-winning Eddie Dickens adventures, which have been translated into over 30 languages. Married with a son, he divides his time between Tunbridge Wells and Grubtown, where he cultivates his impressive beard.

And if your children love the hilarious world of Grubtown then do get them to go to www.visitgrubtown.com, a fantastic site where they'll find loads of exciting interactivity and even a chance to get their own story read by 'Beardy' Ardagh.

The books that have influenced Philip on his literary odyssey are below – just click on a title to find out why the books are special to him

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion Bloy

Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce

The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley by Martine Murray. Sadly, this isn't in print anymore but you might be able to find it in second hand bookshops.

You may also like to know that Philip Ardagh has created an absolutely fantastic fact-packed and fun-packed series called Henry's House, perfect for a slightly younger audience than for his Grubtown books, but with his same trademark wit and madcap mayhem ensuing.

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