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Paul Jennings - Author

About the Author

Paul Jennings is one of Australia’s most loved and best selling authors, with over 100 books to his credit. He is probably best known in the UK for his story collections including Unbelievable! and Unreal!. The top-rating TV series Round the Twist was based on a selection of his enormously popular short-story collections such as Unseen!

Over the past 50 years Paul has worked as a special school teacher, a speech pathologist, a lecturer in reading education and an author. A Different Dog draws on all of these experiences.

Featured books by Paul Jennings

Other books by Paul Jennings

A Different Land

A Different Land

Author: Paul Jennings Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2019

A Different Boy

A Different Boy

Author: Paul Jennings Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2018

'The ship was a towering fortress looming over the pier. Anton stared enviously at the emigrants lining up in front of the wide gangplank. Heading off on a voyage to a land of peace and plenty. Leaving the land of broken buildings and crushed hopes behind. Looking forward to sunshine and steaks. How he wished that he was one of the lucky ones.' Loosely based on Paul Jennings' journey to Australia as a 'ten pound Pom', the story of Anton, who escapes from an orphanage and successfully stows away on a boat headed for the land of 'sunshine and steaks' has a timeless reality of its own. It is a tale of loss, guilt, mistaken identity and taking risks but also surprisingly heartwarming and heartbreaking. Perfect for reluctant readers in upper primary and lower secondary, it speaks of loss, migration, reslience and courage. Beautifully illustrated by Geoff Kelly.

A Different Dog

A Different Dog

Author: Paul Jennings Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2018

The child narrator of A Different Dog can't speak - we assume it is from a disability or a reaction to a trauma in his past. He is teased by the other kids and is a loner. On a cold winter's day, when everyone is participating in a fun run on the mountain, our narrator finds himself alone at the scene of a car accident where the driver has died. But there is a little dog in the car... What follows is a moving story of survival and redemption (and somehow humour in the midst of all that), all told in a 96-page novella.

Unforgettable What's His Name

Unforgettable What's His Name

Author: Paul Jennings Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2016

Even before all this happened I had never been like the other kids. I tried not to be seen. If I climbed a tree or hid among the bins, no one could find me. 'Where's What's His Name?' they'd say.Then, one weekend, I got what I wanted. First, I blended in with things. But on the second day I changed.I mean, really changed.The hilarious story of a boy with an unusual problem, from children's book legend Paul Jennings. Includes fantastic look-and-find colour illustrations.

Don't Look Now: Hobby Farm and Seeing Red

Don't Look Now: Hobby Farm and Seeing Red

Author: Paul Jennings, Andrew Weldon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2016

Ricky is an ordinary ten-year-old boy, who dreams of being famous. And he has a secret that might just help him realise this dream. Because Ricky can fly. Truly. He can really fly. But there's a hitch. He can only fly when absolutely no one is looking. If a person, or an animal, or a bird sees him while he's flying, he will fall out of the sky and almost certainly die. Will he risk flying in public, just for a shot at being something more than ordinary? Saving chickens from a flood, escaping a raging bushfire and impressing Samantha (again!) are just some of Ricky's challenges in these two hilarious stories, told in words and cartoon pictures.

Don't Look Now: Hair Cut and Just a Nibble

Don't Look Now: Hair Cut and Just a Nibble

Author: Paul Jennings, Andrew Weldon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Ricky is an ordinary boy, about 10 years old, who dreams of being famous. And he has a secret that might just help him realise this dream. Because Ricky can fly. Truly. He can really fly. But there's a hitch. He can only fly when absolutely no one is looking. If a person, or an animal, or a bird sees him while he's flying, he will fall out of the sky and almost certainly die. Will he risk flying in public, just for a shot at being something more than ordinary? The third book in this brilliant new series contains two complete stand-alone stories, broken into short chapters, liberally illustrated with hilarious cartoons.

Don't Look Now: Falling For it and The Kangapoo Keyring

Don't Look Now: Falling For it and The Kangapoo Keyring

Author: Paul Jennings, Andrew Weldon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Ricky is an ordinary boy, about 10 years old, who dreams of being famous. And he has a secret that might just help him realise this dream. Because Ricky can fly. Truly. He can really fly. But there's a hitch. He can only fly when absolutely no one is looking. If a person, or an animal, or a bird sees him while he's flying, he will fall out of the sky and almost certainly die. Will he risk flying in public, just for a shot at being something more than ordinary? The first book in this brilliant new series contains two complete stories, broken into short chapters, liberally illustrated with hilarious cartoons.

The Many Adventures Of Singenpoo

The Many Adventures Of Singenpoo

Author: Paul Jennings, Paul Jennings Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2009

From the magic pen of Paul Jennings and starring the ever-popular Singenpoo ...Mice, madness and mayhem from The Paw Thing. More claws, cliff-hangers and crackpots from Singenpoo Strikes Again. Muddles, puddles and pee from Singenpoo Shoots Through. Bare bottoms and bombs from Singenpoo's Secret Weapon. CATS RULE THE WORLD!

Spit it Out!

Spit it Out!

Author: Paul Jennings Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2003

Tongue-Tied!

Tongue-Tied!

Author: Paul Jennings Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/04/2002

A strange and startling new collection from this great teller of fantastic tales. Just a taste - Jason keeps his dead mother's hat as a memento and is fiercely possessive of it, taking it with him to the wildlife sanctuary where his father lives. His father gives him a gruelling task that results in a terrible choice - the hat will save a life and reveal an astonishing truth. In another story, there's a court case to determine the fate of Sandy, the family's smelly dog, and an old man gives new meaning to speaking through your bottom . Then, when is kissing not kissing? The distinction gets blurred for Jeremy after he buys the love of his life a guppy for her birthday.

Unseen!

Unseen!

Author: Paul Jennings Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2000

This title presents another collection of wacky and varied short stories, stories to be read and enjoyed at a sitting. They're about a boy who is able to grow new fingers, but not always in the right places; the dead dog that isn't quite what it seems; the last request of a grandfather; a man-eating ghost; a parrot that teaches unpleasant lessons and much more.

Thirteen Unpredictable Tales

Thirteen Unpredictable Tales

Author: Paul Jennings Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/1997

A selection of the best short stories from Paul Jennings' earlier Puffin titles. Everyone is entirely different but all are wacky and extraordinary. Subjects range from the longest kiss ever, to a boy who becomes transparent - and the stories are all unpredictable!

Uncovered!

Uncovered!

Author: Paul Jennings Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/1996

I'm uncovered... I try to hide my nakedness with my hand. But it doesn't work. Everyone can see. Also on show... Bad rabbit habits. Rapt - in toilet paper. Birds with teeth. A live face on the wall. A collection of brilliant and bizarre stories from the amazing Paul Jennings.

Unbelievable!

Unbelievable!

Author: Paul Jennings Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/1995

Believe it or not ... a kid can grow younger; birds can bury you; ghosts have exams; there are eyes in the milk. A brilliant collection of funny, weird and whacky short stories from Paul Jennings.

Unreal!

Unreal!

Author: Paul Jennings Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/1995

A reunion of bones. An irresistible kisser. Wonder underpants. Cow-dung custard. It's all a bit much really! A brilliant collection of funny, weird and whacky short stories with strange endings from the award-winning Paul Jennings.

Unbearable!

Unbearable!

Author: Paul Jennings Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/1994

A collection of eight quirky, bizarre, and very funny short stories from the brilliant Paul Jennings.

Unmentionable!

Unmentionable!

Author: Paul Jennings Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/1994

Unmentionable? Sure. But I'll try to tell you anyway... The mouth organ is inside my mouth. It is stuck in sideways. The pain is terrible. My eyes water. Some things you just can't talk about. Locked in the loo. Kissing a cold, cold kid. Being a little squirt. Burning your behind. Unmentionable short stories from the brilliant Paul Jennings.

Undone!

Undone!

Author: Paul Jennings Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/1994

A collection of eight quirky, bizarre, and very funny short stories.

Quirky Tails! More Oddball Stories

Quirky Tails! More Oddball Stories

Author: Paul Jennings Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/1990

Quirky? You can say that again ...I have an eye on my finger and a little face in my throat. I start to cry. Tears fall down my face. And down my finger. The eye on my finger is shedding tears too. You'll be speechless. A strangling rose. A ghost chicken. A tiny hole for a mouth. A living copy - of yourself. Football toads.

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