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Michael studied illustration at Portsmouth University earning 1st Class Honors and now works solely on writing and illustration books for children of all ages. His first picture books; the lovely and poignant Broken Bird and the spirited and inspiring Falling Star, were published by Puffin in 2006. And the courageous tale of Scaredy Cat And Boo! was subsequently published by Hodder in 2007.
The first four books in Michael's exciting young fiction series The Unbelievable Adventures Of Jake Cake, was also released in 2007 by Puffin.
Alongside his own books, Michael also illustrates work by other authors including The Secret Diaries series by Valerie Wilding and poetry books Look Out The Teachers Are Coming! and Best Friends published by Macmillan.
Michael likes dogs, mugs of tea, and painting big canvasses.
Short of a good book to read, Sam decides that writing his own is the only way to really enjoy a story. Vibrantly illustrated, Sam’s flights of fancy – aliens, a world full of sweets, a trip to the wildwest – will delight many others looking for an exciting book to read.
Agent Amelia is a terrific new character in childrenâ€™s fiction. Sheâ€™s a secret agent whose lifeâ€™s work is to save the planet. With the help of gadgets and disguises she does just that. Girls will love her for sheâ€™ll empower them to rise to any challenge put to them.
Jake Cake tells his three adventures in his own way, jotted down in words and pictures in his notebooks in his own quirky style. In these three, Jake’s adventures involve encounters with a werewolf, a monster and a real-life mummy but somehow he comes out well from all of them.
From the award-winning author of Space Mutts comes the second otterly chaotic title! Part of the Awesome Animals range - the funniest fiction staring the wildest wildlife! There's a new family on the river... the beavers. And they're ruining everything for the Otters. The beavers' big fat dam has blocked up the river and worse... it's stopped their supply of delicious crayfish! Something must be done! It seems like things can't get any worse for our otters until they discover a mountain lion has also moved in. Can the riverside families overcome their differences to scare off this hungry-looking foe?
The sixth animal in the hilarious AWESOME ANIMALS series - awesome adventures with the wildest wildlife. The otterly bonkers Brown family are HUGELY excited, as today's the day they move to their new home. But when they get there they find the beastly Black family have got there first! This riverbank ain't big enough for the both of them, so there's only one thing for it: war. Well, not REAL war. Otters are more into playing than fighting, so instead they decide to hold a giant sports day - and may the best otters win! Whether that's the Browns or the Blacks, only time will tell, but one thing's for sure, it's bound to be OTTER CHAOS!
Join me, Agent Amelia, for six fabulously funny, marvellously mad and extremely entertaining stories about how I go about saving the world all by MYSELF! Amelia x A bumper collection of six fantastic stories from my Golden Case Files!
Will's school play is Beauty and the Beast, but Urk has discovered there'll be more than one monster on opening night! The show must go on, but can they stop Rumblefart and his mad monster mob?
Three more stories in one volume, taken from the case files of Agent Amelia, the resourceful and feisty secret agent! Spooky Ballet: Amelia is enrolled in a dancing class, but the teacher uses her class to pillage the audience at the local theatre and it takes all of Amelia's presence of mind to foil her! Gobbledygook Books: there's a new librarian at school, who has reprogrammed all the computers with intent to rule the world. But Amelia overcomes her, with a little help from the real librarian and a big volume of the Works of William Shakespeare! Whispering Scarecrow: there's a phantom picnicker targetting all the picnic baskets in a field, but when Amelia goes there with her mother, she discovers that actually it's a flock of crows instructed by a scarecrow. Just what mechanism can there be inside that soggy head? Trust Amelia to find out!
Have you ever met a yeti playing football, a very tricky sea monster or a REAL phantom on the ghost train at the funfair? Jake has, and here's what happened when he met them! (Nobody believed him, of course.)
The fifth book about Jake Cake and his EXTRAORDINARY adventures. Here are three more hilarious stories, written in Jake Cake's own notebooks and embellished with his very funny comments and illustrations. It's not Jake's fault that he gets cursed by the ghost of Old Crusty, the fierce pirate (get those decks swabbed!), meets an alien pretending to be his granny and rubs up against a really mean genie!
Three more stories from the case files of Agent Amelia, the resourceful and feisty secret agent, who doesn't let school hold her back in the slightest! 1) Hypno Hounds are menacing the holiday cottage Amelia and her mum go to. But could there be a connection with the local dogs' home? Trust Amelia to find the evil genius planning to rule the world, and to foil the dastardly plan! 2) Sneaky Scientist, aka the new chemistry teacher, disappears off to the supermarket, and buys amazing amounts of cereal. Whatever can he be up to? Luckily Agent Amelia, ever vigilant, is off after him, ready to counter any wicked schemes he may be brewing up. 3) Turbo Teddies, remote-controlled roller-skating teddies are the latest toy craze, and both Amelia and Trudy Hart are off to the shop to buy one. But all the teddies in the latest shipment have disappeared, and someone is busy pickpocketing all the customers! Amelia can put two and two together, and she's soon after the psychotic criminal behind it all.
The third book in a four-book series. Each book has three unbelievable adventures written in Jake's own notebooks and embellished with his gloriously funny comments and illustrations throughout. Here Jake meets a dragon in the basement, a troll under his bed and a really sneaky spook - boo!
In this fourth book in the series, Jake battles with a vampire visiting his school (fangs and bats and zombies), a demon hairdresser (arrrrrggggh!) and stays in a haunted castle (things that go CLANG in the night!).
These are the secret agent case files of Amelia Kidd. She's saved the world loads of times from evil geniuses and criminal masterminds, thanks to her great disguises, her own gadgets (which sometimes work), and her brilliance at improvising in sticky situations. The three stories are: The Case of the Ghost Diamond, in which Amelia foils a daring jewel theft during a class trip to the museum, thanks to her convincing granny disguise, and her mirror-on-a-stick gadget. The Case of the Cat Nappers, in which Amelia discovers the amazing reason for all the disappearing cats in her area - they have all been trained to become burglars! Cat burglars! Luckily Amelia's quick thinking foils the robbery and catches the thieves! The Case of the Whispering Weeds, in which an innocent trip to the Garden Centre results in Amelia having to use a runaway trolley to escape from an evil genius who has cultivated a weed army to control every crop on the planet. But naturally, Amelia bounces back and trounces the madman. What a good job that Garden Centres also sell weed killer!
Have you ever wished upon a star? This is the story of the adventurous Little Star, who loves nothing more than to perch on a cloud, making wishes come true. But when he falls out of the sky, down, down, down into the ocean, he doesn't know how to get home. Luckily, he meets lots of new friends on the seabed who help him to make his very own special wish to go home, back to the sky. Maybe wishes do come true, even for stars!
This is the first book in a four-book series. Each book has three unbelievable adventures written in Jake's own notebooks and embellished with his gloriously funny comments and illustrations throughout. Here Jake meets a werewolf, a monster and a real-life mummy. Deliciously funny, the stories are a satisfying blend of comforting real life mixed with magical mayhem. Just right for boys and girls of 7+, and for all fans of Horrid Henry!
Jake Cake is an ordinary kid who likes writing and illustrating stories about his adventures. He swears they're all true, but no one ever believes him. In this second book of a four-book series, Jake discovers the school dinner lady is a robot (and she can't cook chips!), he has goblins in his garden (they're green and they bite) and he's tricked by a really tricky witch (trouble!). Just perfect for readers of 7+.
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