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Philip Ardagh - Author

About the Author

Philip Ardagh was our Guest Editor in May 2010. Click here to see the books that inspired him.

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.

He wrote BBC Radio’s first truly interactive radio drama, collaborated with Sir Paul McCartney on his first children’s book and is a ‘regularly irregular’ reviewer of children’s books for the Guardian. Married with a son, he divides his time between Tunbridge Wells and Grubtown, where he cultivates his impressive beard.

And if your children love Grubtown then do get them to go to www.visitgrubtown.com

Drawing on the weird and wonderful characters and settings from the Grubtown books, visitgrubtown.com features six distinct Grubtown locations – including the Daily Herald newspaper office, the Duckhouse/Museum and Smoky’s cinema. The site incorporates fun audio and video - what more could you ask for!

Featured books by Philip Ardagh

Philip Ardagh's Book of Kings, Queens, Emperors and Rotten Wart-nosed Commoners

Philip Ardagh's Book of Kings, Queens, Emperors and Rotten Wart-nosed Commoners

9+ readers

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/06/2012

History as it is never taught in schools is given a stylish brush up in this witty guide to all kinds of obscure events – some with more truth than others – never heard before but important to know. Obscure facts, like how Emperor Nero sneaked poison into his brother Britannicus’ drink which gives a vivid example of his legendary cruelty, bring the past to life by revealing the characters in it. Dipping in and out of this feast of fine stories is a delight – and informative too.

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The Red Dragons of Gressingham

The Red Dragons of Gressingham

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/04/2012

Reading age 7+, Interest age 8-12. The Green Men of Gressingham return with this sequel, available for the first time as a 4u2read. Full of twists, turns and fiery surprises! The Green Men of Gressingham are struggling to find things to do now that they are no longer outlaws. But just when things are getting boring, Lord Dashwood sends them on a very unusual mission! Can the Green Men complete it without setting their bottoms on fire? A hilarious story from an award-winning and hugely popular author. With a reading age of 7, it is particularly suitable for dyslexic, reluctant and struggling readers.

When Bunnies Turn Bad

When Bunnies Turn Bad

7+ readers

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2011

The prize-winning Grubtown series is back with a new ludicrous adventure which shows exactly why its predecessor won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. This time Bunny Rabbits – far too many of them – paper aeroplanes and the Sun-Ripe Raisin Man are all involved in a delightfully daft but utterly absorbing story in a place where you can expect only the most unusual things to happen – and they do!

Other books by Philip Ardagh

What's in the Truck?

What's in the Truck?

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2020

'...Out glides a limo, as sleek as a plane, With big gleaming hubcaps as bright as champagne' Children will delight in this silly tale of a dog prince in his truck with a very special delivery . . . With each page turn a new vehicle pops out of the last. This book has all the ingredients to charm and enthrall first readers and parents alike.

Oxford Reading Tree Word Sparks: Level 9: Frank the Not-So-Boring Fish

Oxford Reading Tree Word Sparks: Level 9: Frank the Not-So-Boring Fish

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2020

Eddie thinks his new fish, Frank, is boring, but he quickly realizes that Frank is anything BUT boring! Using the world's largest known database of writing for and by children, our experts have defined 300 ambitious words to help children succeed at school. We've combined these with finelly levelled books that help you develop support comprehension and fluency, while inspiring and engaging your young readers.

Read with Oxford: Stage 5: Hero Academy: Silver Shadow Strikes Out

Read with Oxford: Stage 5: Hero Academy: Silver Shadow Strikes Out

Author: Philip Ardagh, Steve Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/07/2020

Two action-packed stories about the superheroes-in-training at Hero Academy, who must work together and use their powers to outwit the super-baddies In Silver Shadow, Ben has to rescue Slink the cat from the dangerous Silver Shadow. In Silver Shadow Strikes Again, Silver Shadow attempts to steal Professor Bounce's inventions. Can Ben defeat the sneaky villain? This exciting chapter book with carefully-levelled text is ideal for children who are beginning to read independently. Books with short chapters are a great way to build your child's reading stamina and confidence. The stories are packed with dynamic CGI-style illustrations - perfect for fans of comics. Tips for parents help to support your child's developing reading skills and the fun after-reading activities making reading fun while reinforcing comprehension. Featuring much-loved characters, great authors, engaging storylines and fun activities, Read with Oxford offers an exciting range of carefully levelled reading books to build your child's reading confidence. Read with Oxford Stage 5 equates to Oxford Levels 8 and 9 used in schools. For more information about the Read with Oxford Stages, as well as practical advice, free eBooks and fun activities to help your child progress, go to readwithoxford.com. Let's get them flying!

Stick and Fetch Off the Leash

Stick and Fetch Off the Leash

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2020

The third story about detective duo (and best friends!) Sally Stick and her dog Fetch. Together, they're Stick and Fetch: Detectives. A girl. A dog. A detective agency. Stick and Fetch are on holiday, but even in a rickety old seaside hotel there are plenty of crimes to solve and mysteries to unravel. Such as, who is Major Mayhem? Why is that door frightened? And where could the small-bottle-of-shampoo robbers be hiding? This lovable pair are on the case and undeterred despite plenty of mishaps, misdeeds and misunderstandings along the way. A fun-filled adventure featuring two hapless investigators with a LOT of hair.

You Can't Count on Dinosaurs: An Almost Counting Book

You Can't Count on Dinosaurs: An Almost Counting Book

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2020

A counting story that goes wrong when one hungry little T-Rex can't help himself from gobbling up the other dinosaurs! Let's count dinosaurs! Rex the T-Rex is 1. Add Patty the Diplodocus, that's 2. And here's comes Brian the Anklyosaurus to make 3. But wait, where's Brian gone? Rex? Rex! You didn't EAT him, did you? Oh NAUGHTY Rex! The truth is, you just CAN'T count on dinosaurs. In this counting book with a difference, Philip Ardagh and Elissa Elwick bring prehistoric chaos and trouble-making dinosaurs to every page for a truly fun, interactive way to learn how to count to 10.

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