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Helen Cresswell - Author

About the Author

Helen started writing at the tender age of six years old! At that time her primary interest was in poetry. Now she is an author of wonderful stories, such as The Bongleweed and The Piemakers.

Helen has also written many television scripts, including Five Children and It, The Demon Headmaster and Lizzie Dripping.

Wednesday September 28, 2005: Helen Cresswell has died of cancer at her home in Eakring, Nottinghamshire, at the age of 71.

 

Featured books by Helen Cresswell

Other books by Helen Cresswell

The Secret World of Polly Flint

The Secret World of Polly Flint

Author: Helen Cresswell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2019

The Bagthorpe Saga: Absolute Zero

The Bagthorpe Saga: Absolute Zero

Author: Helen Cresswell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

The second book in the super-funny classic series The Bagthorpe Saga, starring the TOTALLY unforgettable Bagthorpe family - from best-loved author Helen Cresswell. Bad, mad and brilliant to know - the Bagthorpes are back! Something even stranger than normal is happening in the Bagsthorpe house. Ever since Uncle Parker won a luxury cruise in a competition, the family's gone competition crazy. Only Jack and his trusty dog Zero are staying out of it. So just how does the mixed-up mutt become the most famous dog in Britain?

The Bagthorpe Saga: Ordinary Jack

The Bagthorpe Saga: Ordinary Jack

Author: Helen Cresswell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2017

First in the super-funny classic series starring the TOTALLY unforgettable Bagthorpe family - from best-loved author Helen Cresswell. Jack's fed up of living in the shadow of his brilliant siblings. He and his trusty dog Zero are completely ordinary while the rest of them are annoyingly gifted. So when Uncle Parker comes up with a plan to make Jack stand out, he's more than a little excited. Can he really get away with claiming to predict the future? And will the hare-brained scheme help Jack shine, or get him noticed for all the wrong reasons?

Bagthorpe Saga: Ordinary Jack

Bagthorpe Saga: Ordinary Jack

Author: Helen Cresswell Format: eBook Release Date: 26/01/2017

First in the super-funny classic series The Bagthorpe Saga, starring the TOTALLY unforgettable Bagthorpe family - from best-loved author Helen Cresswell. Jack's fed up of living in the shadow of his brilliant siblings. He and his trusty dog Zero are completely ordinary while the rest of them are annoyingly gifted. So when Uncle Parker comes up with a plan to make Jack stand out, he's more than a little excited. Can he really get away with claiming to predict the future? And will the hare-brained scheme help Jack shine, or get him noticed for all the wrong reasons?

A Treasury of Fairy Tales

A Treasury of Fairy Tales

Author: Helen Cresswell Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2016

A sumptuous collection of favourite tales, with exquisitely detailed plates and decorative vignettes by illustrator, Sian Bailey. Open this book and enter the magical world of fairy tales, a land of mystery and enchantment, alive with handsome princes, wicked queens and beautiful heroines. This classically beautiful collection brings together twelve popular fairy tales, retold by well-known author Helen Cresswell and enhanced by Sian Bailey's finely detailed illlustrations. Beauty and the Beast Cinderella Dick Whittington The Frog Prince The Emperor's New Clothes Rapunzel Puss in Boots Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Snow White and Rose Red The Sleeping Beauty The Twelve Dancing Princesses The Princess and the Pea

Moondial

Moondial

Author: Helen Cresswell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

A new edition of the well-loved classic story. Even before she came to Belton, Minty Cane had known that she was a witch, or something very like it... Minty is the kind of girl who notices things. Pockets of cold air on a stairway. Cries on the wind. Ghosts. On night-time jaunts from the house where she's staying while her mother recovers from an accident, Minty stumbles upon a moondial which takes her back in time. She finds Tom, a sickly kitchen boy, and Sarah, a girl with a birthmark who is only allowed out at night because her family think she has the mark of the devil... Can Minty save her friends, or will she get stuck in the past...?

A Treasury of Fairy Tales

A Treasury of Fairy Tales

Author: Helen Cresswell Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/11/2013

A sumptuous collection of favourite tales, with exquisitely detailed plates and decorative vignettes by illustrator, Sian Bailey. Open this book and enter the magical world of fairy tales, a land of mystery and enchantment, alive with handsome princes, wicked queens and beautiful heroines. This classically beautiful collection brings together twelve popular fairy tales, retold by well-known author Helen Cresswell and enhanced by Sian Bailey's finely detailed illlustrations. Beauty and the Beast Cinderella Dick Whittington The Frog Prince The Emperor's New Clothes Rapunzel Puss in Boots Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Snow White and Rose Red The Sleeping Beauty The Twelve Dancing Princesses The Princess and the Pea

We're Having a Party!

We're Having a Party!

Author: Helen Cresswell, Anne Fine, Jan Mark, Hilary McKay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/08/2013

Seven top authors, seven brilliant stories. A special collection of stories for young children from seven of their favourite authors! With tales about everything from imaginary friends to following Mum's orders, an amazing dog to unexpected neighbours, this collection is perfect for sharing at bedtime, bathtime - anytime! These seven authors are brought together for the first time in this special volume to celebrate Piccadilly Press's 2013 anniversary - 30 years of brilliant publishing for children.

Mystifying: Sinister Stories of the Unexplained

Mystifying: Sinister Stories of the Unexplained

Author: Helen Cresswell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2008

A family hides a terrible secret, a demonic tailor makes an evil suit, a child disappears in to thin air . . . These bizarre and baffling tales will make your head spin!

The Bagthorpes V. the World

The Bagthorpes V. the World

Author: Helen Cresswell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2005

When Mr Bagthorpe gets his latest bank statement, all hell breaks loose! He thinks he's broke and nothing can persuade him that the bank has made a mistake. All he can think about is saving money - and that means that if the Bagthorpes don't raise it themselves, they're not eating it. No shops; no sweets; no arguments. But the Bagthorpes have never really been hunter-gatherers. So, while Granny Bagthorpe retires to her room to scoff a hamper from Harrods, the rest of the family find food - and how to stop it escaping - a whole new challenge!

Bagthorpes Unlimited

Bagthorpes Unlimited

Author: Helen Cresswell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2005

Something foul has befallen the Bagthorpes! Their holy, healthy cousins are coming to stay. The Bagthorpe children can imagine nothing worse and vow to get rid of their unwanted guests no matter what it takes. And what they think it will take are spiders in their salads and creepy crawlies in their hair, not to mention maggots in their meals and mould on their mattresses. But the Bagthorpe cousins are made of unexpectedly strong stuff. They're not going to be put of quite as easily as that...

The Bongleweed

The Bongleweed

Author: Helen Cresswell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/11/2003

A hilarious story about the bongleweed, a weird and wonderful plant that's threatening to take over the village. It's up to Becky and Jason to try and stop the wickedly wild weed before it's too late...BL Helen Cresswell has been twice BAFTA-nominated for her tv adaptations of such books as The Demon Headmaster and The Phoenix and the Carpet.

The Piemakers

The Piemakers

Author: Helen Cresswell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/11/2003

The Rollers are the finest pie-makers in Danby Dale. So when they're asked to make a special pie for the king, the Rollers are thrown into a frenzy of excited activity. This will be their best pie ever! But wicked Uncle Crispin has different plans for the pie - plans that involve a large helping of pepper...BL This is Helen Cresswell's first book and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal BL Helen Cresswell has been twice BAFTA-nominated for her tv adaptations of such books as The Demon Headmaster and The Phoenix and the Carpet.

Dragon Ride

Dragon Ride

Author: Helen Cresswell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/1999

Jilly really wants a dragon so she asks for one for her birthday. None of her family take her seriously, but Mr Pink at the magic shop does and he helps her to get the pet dragon she has wished for for so long. Soon all Jilly's dreams come true on her very own Dragon Ride.

Mystery At Winklesea

Mystery At Winklesea

Author: Helen Cresswell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/03/1996

Dan and Mary find the perfect present for their mother in the shop at the seaside, an egg-shaped stone with A Gift from Winklesea written on it. One day it hatches and out comes an amazing creature. This book contains a story about the adventures that Dan and Mary have with him.

Posy Bates And The Bag Lady

Posy Bates And The Bag Lady

Author: Helen Cresswell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/05/1994

Posy Bates is up to her usual tricks. This time she has decided to turn the hen-house down the garden into a home for the bag lady she finds in the village.

Two Hoots

Two Hoots

Author: Helen Cresswell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/1988

You probably know all about owls. They sit in trees, fly around at night and are very wise. But not Big Hoot and Little Hoot -- they were as daft as coots!

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