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Alan Macdonald - Author

About the Author

Alan was born in Watford and went to university in Bangor, North Wales, where he studied English and Drama. He started working life in a travelling theatre company, visiting schools all over the country & writing much of their material. He says it was a useful apprenticeship - if the audience didn't like the play, they talked through it or threw bits of paper at the actors. He very quickly learned what children liked.

Alan later trained as a drama teacher at Nottingham University, but most of his work in connection with the theatre has been as a writer or director. Other jobs have included working as an editor and working in a day centre.

A keen football fan, Alan has supported Watford FC since childhood. Many of his stories have a football focus - which he rates as the next best thing to playing for England! He dreamed of becoming a professional footballer, but when he won a pen in a writing competition, his fate was sealed. Alan has written over eighty children's books, which have been translated into many languages and won several awards.

In 2010, Dirty Bertie: Loo! was winner of the Leicestershire Children's Book Prize. Alan also writes for TV, including the hugely popular 'Horrid Henry' on CITV.

The Dirty Bertie series by Alan Macdonald is immensely popular, particularly with boys! We recently received this from one massive fan:

"The books are amazing and very imaginative...I love your books like Pants, Mud, Fleas and Worms and will continue to read lots." Abdullah D

 

 

Featured books by Alan Macdonald

Other books by Alan Macdonald

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 11 More Pack A: The Wrong Letter

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 11 More Pack A: The Wrong Letter

Author: Alan Macdonald Illustrator: Judy Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/08/2021

In The Wrong Letter pony-mad Pippa can't wait to ride at the Junior Show and football-mad Flo is sure her team will win the Cup Final. One morning the postman brings two letters to Elm Road that mean both girls are in for some surprises... TreeTops Fiction contains a wide range of quality stories enabling children to explore and develop their own reading tastes and interests. It contains stories from a variety of genres including humour, sci-fi, adventure, mystery and historical fiction. These exciting stories are ideal for introducing children to a wide selection of authors and illustrators. There is huge variety to ensure every reader finds books they will enjoy and can read. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 10 Cleaner Genie Level 10

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 10 Cleaner Genie Level 10

Author: Alan Macdonald, Martin Remphry, Alison Sage Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/08/2021

If a genie could grant you one wish, what would it be? Bradley is the messiest boy in the world. He cant believe his luck when he has the chance to make as much mess as he likes. But he soon wishes hed been more careful!Oxford Reading Tree All Stars is an engaging chapter fiction series which combines age-appropriate content with imaginative stories, perfect for inspiring and stretching able infants. The series develops comprehension skills and provides a wide variety of fiction topics and styles, alongside illustrations that aid understanding.All the books in this series are carefully levelled, so its easy to match every child to the right book one which will develop their reading skills and fuel their love of reading. Help with childrens reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

Tricks and Kicks Mascot! Spider! Ouch!

Tricks and Kicks Mascot! Spider! Ouch!

Author: Alan Macdonald Illustrator: David Roberts Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2021

A Dirty Bertie collection to delight everyone who revels in his revolting ways! Enjoy the comic capers of Dirty Bertie - the world's grubbiest trouble magnet - in this bumper book of nine revolting stories from MASCOT!, SPIDER! and OUCH! DIRTY BERTIE is a hugely popular series featuring the character created by David Roberts and written by Alan MacDonald. With each hilarious story split into bitesize chapters, DIRTY BERTIE is ideal for building reading confidence.

Bees!

Bees!

Author: Alan Macdonald Illustrator: David Roberts Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2021

From award-winning illustrator David Roberts comes Dirty Bertie - the boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits! With comic chaos and madcap schemes, these highly illustrated stories are perfect for new readers. Join Bertie as he has a brush with some angry bees, deals with his warring grannies on a trip to the park and tries to smuggle Whiffer into a very smart hotel. David Roberts is the illustrator of many picture books and fiction titles, including Julian Clary's THE BOLDS, SUFFRAGETTE: THE BATTLE FOR EQUALITY, Julia Donaldson's JACK AND THE FLUMFLUM TREE and IGGY PECK, ARCHITECT. With over 30 titles in the hugely popular DIRTY BERTIE series, each book contains three short stories perfect for fans of HORRID HENRY, DOG MAN and Pamela Butchart.

Nappy the Pirate Baby

Nappy the Pirate Baby

Author: Alan Macdonald Illustrator: Elissa Elwick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

Captain Sprat and his pirate crew love nothing more than lazing around on the deck of the Salty Herring. Until one day, a strange wailing noise shatters the peace.Shiver me timbers! There's a stowaway baby on board, and the crew decide they're going to raise him like a proper pirate! But are they really up to the task of looking after a baby? And where exactly did Nappy come from? A motley crew of pirates take to parenthood in this whimsical Little Gem from the bestselling author of the Dirty Bertie series.

Pirates Don't Go to School!

Pirates Don't Go to School!

Author: Alan Macdonald Illustrator: Magda Brol Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2020

When Jake wants to go to school his family are HORRIFIED. School is all rotten rules and terrible ten-legged teachers. Pirates don't go to school! Or do they? A fantastically funny tale, perfect to reassure 'first day at school' nerves.

Totally Epic! Burp! Monster! Disco!

Totally Epic! Burp! Monster! Disco!

Author: Alan Macdonald Illustrator: David Roberts Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2020

A Dirty Bertie collection to delight everyone who revels in his revolting ways! Enjoy the comic capers of Dirty Bertie - the world's grubbiest trouble magnet - in this bumper book of nine revolting stories from BURP!, MONSTER! and DISCO! DIRTY BERTIE is a hugely popular series featuring the character created by David Roberts and written by Alan MacDonald. With each hilarious story split into bitesize chapters, DIRTY BERTIE is ideal for building reading confidence.

Trouble!

Trouble!

Author: Alan Macdonald Illustrator: David Roberts Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

From award-winning illustrator David Roberts comes Dirty Bertie - the boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits! With comic chaos and madcap schemes, these highly-illustrated stories are perfect for new readers. Join Bertie as he concocts a magic potion for Miss Boot to make her forget the dreaded maths test, finds himself at Know-All Nick's house for the worst sleepover ever and unexpectedly wins out over the school bully. David Roberts is the illustrator of many picture books and fiction titles, including Julian Clary's THE BOLDS, SUFFRAGETTE: THE BATTLE FOR EQUALITY, JACK AND THE FLUMFLUM TREE, IGGY PECK, and ARCHITECT. With over 30 titles in the hugely popular DIRTY BERTIE series, each book contains three short stories perfect for fans of HORRID HENRY, WRIGGLESBOTTOM PRIMARY and Pamela Butchart.

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