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Humphrey Carpenter - Author

About the Author

Humphrey Carpenter (1946 – 2005) was born and educated in Oxford. He attended the Dragon School, before going to Keble College, where his father had been Warden for many years. He was well known as a writer and previously as a producer for the BBC. He published biographies of Tolkien, W.H. Auden, Benjamin Britten, Ezra Pound, Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury, C.S Lewis, and the Inklings (which won the Somerset Maugham Award). In 1984 his major study THE OXFORD COMPANION TO CHILDREN'S LITERATURE was published to great acclaim.

Humphrey wrote many children's books including the ever popular MR MAJEIKA series (published in Viking Kestrel and Puffin) and the TV adventures of Mr Majeika

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Other books by Humphrey Carpenter

Mr Majeika and Mr Majeika and the Lost Spell Book bind-up

Mr Majeika and Mr Majeika and the Lost Spell Book bind-up

Author: Humphrey Carpenter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Two books in one for those avid readers where one Mr Majeika adventure is just not enough! Mr Majeika: Mr Majeika can behave just like any ordinary teacher if he wants to, but something has to be done about Hamish Bigmore, the class nuisance, and so he uses a little magic to turn him into a frog - the only problem is he can't remember the spell to turn him back! Mr Majeika and the Lost Spell Book: The pupils in Class 3 at St Barty's School are not impressed when their headteacher imposes strict rules of behaviour for Halloween. Mr Majeika uses a little magic to make the evening memorable but nasty Hamish Bigmore tells the local press and gets the wizard-teacher the sack -something has to be done . . .

Mr Majeika

Mr Majeika

Author: Humphrey Carpenter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2007

As a rule, magic carpets don't turn up in schools, but this is exactly what happens when Class Three's new teacher flies in through the classroom window and lands on the floor with a bump. Mr Majeika can behave just like any ordinary teacher if he wants to, but something has to be done about Hamish Bigmore, the class nuisance, and so he uses a little magic to turn him into a frog. And to everyone's delight it looks as if Hamish will have to remain a frog because Mr Majeika can't remember the spell to turn him back again! With Mr Majeika in charge, suddenly life at school become much more exciting - there's even a magic-carpet ride to Buckingham Palace!

Mr Majeika Joins the Circus

Mr Majeika Joins the Circus

Author: Humphrey Carpenter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2006

When Class Three and Mr Majeika go to the circus, it's definitely not as fun as they imagined. Everyone's a bit old, creaky and rubbish really! So when Mr Majeika casts a small spell to help the performers with their circus show, it's no surprise that Billy Balance, the slack rope walker, kidnaps Mr Majeika so that Mr Majeika can magically help him everytime! Things get worse whilst Mr majeika is trapped when Wilhelmina Worlock takes the opportunity to turn Class Three's classroom into a circus and the children spend all afternoon running away from lions and alligators! But Mr Majeika's magic saves the day, Class Three and the circus end up on the news and once again Mr Potter, the headmaster, misses it all!

Mr Majeika and the Lost Spell Book

Mr Majeika and the Lost Spell Book

Author: Humphrey Carpenter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2003

Fun and magic combine as usual in this new Mr Majeika story. The pupils in Class 3 at St Barty's School are not impressed when their headteacher imposes strict rules of behaviour for Halloween. Mr Majeika uses a little magic to make the evening memorable but nasty Hamish Bigmore tells the local press and gets the wizard-teacher the sack. School without magic seems rather boring and Mr Majeika doesn't last long in the other jobs he tries. His long-time enemy, Wilhelmina Warlock is clearly behindall the trouble; she and the dreaded Hamish must be defeated before life can return to normal.

Mr Majeika on the Internet

Mr Majeika on the Internet

Author: Humphrey Carpenter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2001

Class Three has got a new computer and while exploring it, Mr Majeika manages to get the whole class trapped in the school website. Many adventures follow and Class Three meet bizarre characters before they can get out.

Mr Majeika and the School Trip

Mr Majeika and the School Trip

Author: Humphrey Carpenter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/1999

More amazing adventures with Mr Majeika, the ex-wizard, turned teacher, and his class at St Barty's School. This time there's a trip down a magic river, a battle to save St Barty's from the wrecking ball, and work experience for Class Three.

Mr Majeika Vanishes

Mr Majeika Vanishes

Author: Humphrey Carpenter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/1998

Class 3 are sure that something is very wrong when Mr Majeika leaves school without saying goodbye. When they find a message from him saying he's been arrested by the Silly Crime Squad, they are determined to rescue him. To do this they must outwit Hamish Bigmore and Mr Majeika's old enemy, Wilhelmina Worlock. They succeed and Wilhelmina is punished with a 'spell' on earth as a Supply Teacher!

Mr Majeika and the School Caretaker

Mr Majeika and the School Caretaker

Author: Humphrey Carpenter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/1997

When old Mr Jenks retires, St Barty's School advertises for a new caretaker. Unfortunately there's only one applicant - Hamish Bigmore's Uncle Wilf who is just as rude and bad-tempered as Hamish. When Mr Majeika is hurt in an accident it becomes clear that Uncle Wilf is working for the wickedest of witches, Wilhelmina Warlock! It's up to Mr Majeika to work his magic and put things right again.

Mr Majeika and the Ghost Train

Mr Majeika and the Ghost Train

Author: Humphrey Carpenter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/1995

'Do be careful, Mr Majeika, there might be real ghosts in there.' When Class Three and Mr Majeika get on board a ghost train, they are in for a surprise. Real ghosts appear and the wicked Wilhemina Worlock isn't far away. But Jody comes to the rescue - with a dragon to help her!

Mr Majeika and the School Book Week

Mr Majeika and the School Book Week

Author: Humphrey Carpenter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/1993

'Oh dear,' said Mr Majeika, 'I seem to have made the spell too strong.' Class Three has fun during Book Week, when famous storybook characters suddenly appear! But there's trouble ahead with Wilhemina Worlock the witch at the school's Olympic Sports Day... Will Mr Majeika manage to magic up a solution?

Mr Majeika and the School Inspector

Mr Majeika and the School Inspector

Author: Humphrey Carpenter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/1993

'Use of magic by teacher strictly forbidden.' Poor Mr Majeika goes to the bottom of the class when the school inspector comes to call. Things don't get any easier when Mr Majeika turns himself into a lobster by mistake. Class Three somehow has to get Wilhemina Worlock to undo the spell...

Mr Majeika and the School Play

Mr Majeika and the School Play

Author: Humphrey Carpenter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/1992

'I really am quite useless as a wizard.' But Class Three thinks Mr Majeika is an excellent wizard, particularly when his spells go wrong! First Hamish Bigmore ends up on TV, then a real giant appears in the school play. And finally Mr Majeika gets the whole class lost on a magic carpet! There's always an adventure with Mr Majeika around...

Mr Majeika and the Dinner Lady

Mr Majeika and the Dinner Lady

Author: Humphrey Carpenter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/1990

'Sometimes, ' whispered Jody. 'I think school dinners would be alright if it wasn't for her.' Mrs Chipchase, the nasty dinner lady, makes lunch hour at St Barty's really unpleasant. That is, for everyone but her 'favourite friend', Hamish Bigmore. Up to his usual tricks, Hamish is allowed to eat chocolate instead of ghastly school dinners! Mr Majeika decides it's time to sort out the menu...

Mr Majeika and the Haunted Hotel

Mr Majeika and the Haunted Hotel

Author: Humphrey Carpenter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/1988

'Oh, don't be cowards,' said Jody. 'I'm sure it's perfectly safe.' Mysteriously stranded in the fog at night. Mr Majeika and Class Three find themselves in a creepy hotel near Hadrian's Wall, where some very spooky things start to happen. Strange lights, ghostly sounds and vanishing people...

Mr Majeika and the Music Teacher

Mr Majeika and the Music Teacher

Author: Humphrey Carpenter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/1987

'Music teacher? What music teacher?' The sudden arrival of a new music teacher throws St barty's School into confusion. Mysterious smells start coming from the staffroom and creepy-crawlies appear out of nowhere. The new arrival is, of course, Wilhelmina Worlock, a wicked witch with some nasty tricks. It's up to Mr Majeika to try to outwit her...

Mr Majeika

Mr Majeika

Author: Humphrey Carpenter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/04/1985

As a rule, magic carpets don't turn up in schools, but this is exactly what happens when Class Three's new teacher flies in through the classroom window and lands on the floor with a bump. Mr Majeika can behave just like any ordinary teacher if he wants to, but something has to be done about Hamish Bigmore, the class nuisance, and so he uses a little magic to turn him into a frog. And to everyone's delight it looks as if Hamish will have to remain a frog because Mr Majeika can't remember the spell to turn him back again! With Mr Majeika in charge, suddenly life at school become much more exciting - there's even a magic-carpet ride to Buckingham Palace!

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