Kaye Umansky - Author

About the Author

Kaye Umansky is a truly funny writer. Her classic Pongwiffy series has been a bestseller since first publication and she has been writing for over 30 years. Kaye was born in Plymouth, Devon, and now lives in North London with her husband Mo and her cats. She writes full time in an office with stars on the ceiling.

 

Awards Kaye has collected
Nottinghamshire Book Award 1993 for Pongwiffy and The Spell of The Year
TES Junior Music Book Award 1999 for Three Rapping Rats

Featured books by Kaye Umansky

Algy's Amazing Adventures in Space

Algy's Amazing Adventures in Space

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/06/2014

A wonderful adventure for a very ordinary boy! Algy lives in an ordinary house and he has an ordinary bedroom which always seems to need tidying up. Just like everyone else! But Algy has a shed in his garden and, inside that shed there is a secret doorway into an amazing world…When Algy steps through the doorway he finds his body is lighter and soon he and his friends are bouncing through space, landing on a new planet and meeting aliens!

Other books by Kaye Umansky

The Stepsisters' Story

The Stepsisters' Story

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2019

Lardine and Angula have a new stepsister, Ella, and they are determined to make her life as miserable as possible. Throwing tantrums and sulks, they ensure that she is forced to sleep by the fire, do the chores and certainly not go to the ball. But will their schemes stop the prince from meeting the girl of his dreams? A brand new edition of this fun twist on the Cinderella story, particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

Fairy Tales: The Villain's Version

Fairy Tales: The Villain's Version

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

A curse involving a spindle goes terribly wrong for poor old Grimbleshanks. The Queen decides it's time for silly, soppy Snow White to go. Lardine and Angula aren't at all happy about having Ella for a stepsister. Old Maggit just wants to win the Wickedest Witch Contest with her house made of sweets. This is Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel, re-told like you've never seen them before!

Even More Pongwiffy Stories The Pantomime and The Spellovision Song Contest and Back on Track

Even More Pongwiffy Stories The Pantomime and The Spellovision Song Contest and Back on Track

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2019

A brand new bind-up edition of three classic Pongwiffy stories including Pongwiffy and the Pantomime and The Spellovision Song Contest and Back on Track! Pongwiffy and the rest of the witches need to earn some money, and fast! But every idea they come up with to raise funds seems so BORING ... until Pongwiffy suggests they put on a pantomime and sell tickets. Get ready for some theatrical chaos with the witches of Witchway Wood... In the second story, all the witches are transfixed by spellovision and no one wants to do anything fun anymore. Until Pongwiffy decides to launch a song contest to liven things up! Finally, Pongwiffy decides that being a witch of dirty habits is holding her back. It's time to get healthy, but can a witch who prefers sludge to sprouts really get back on track? THREE laugh-out-loud stories of humour and warmth, enticingly mixed with much sludge, slime and very bad habits. Now with brand new illustrations from Katy Riddell!

I Want a Pet! Band 05/Green

I Want a Pet! Band 05/Green

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/12/2018

`I want a pet! I want a pet! I hope I like the pet I get!' When a boy goes to the Strange Pet Shop to find a pet, there's no knowing what he'll find there. He is very particular, and nothing at the Strange Pet Shop suits him until, at last the perfect pet comes bounding through the door! * Green/ Band 5 books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters. * Text type - A poem with predictable structure and patterned language. * At the end of the story is a poster advertising the Strange Pet Shop, which is ideal for further discussion and supporting further work outside the reading session. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Animals and us. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

Wish for a Witch

Wish for a Witch

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Electronic book text Release Date: 06/09/2018

Everyone is already the spell of this charming new series from Kaye Umansky... 'A Bewitching tale, charmingly told and is certain to delight any witch in the making' M.G, Leonard, award-winning author of Beetle Boy 'A gorgeous story that bubbles with charm, wit and magic' Abi Elphinstone, author of The Dreamsnatcher 'Bursting with memorable characters, a huge sense of fun and a big dollop of honey, flowers and strawberry-scented magic!' Joe Berger, author of Lyttle Lies and Hubble Bubble 'A sulky raven, a grubby dog and a common-sense heroine with a strong sense of customer service. This is a funny, magical treat!' Holly Webb, author of Lost in the Snow The wonderful Elsie Pickles is back in her second adventure! This time, local witch Magenta Sharp needs help with her mail order magic service, Sharp Spells on Tap, and once again mischief and marvellous magic are about to transform Elsie's life. Because with a grumpy genie on the loose set on causing trouble, getting Magenta's business back on track isn't going to be easy... A magical adventure from Kaye Umansky, the bestselling author of the spellbinding children's classic Pongwiffy, brought to life with charming illustrations from rising star Ashley King!

More Pongwiffy Stories The Spell of the Year and The Holiday of Doom

More Pongwiffy Stories The Spell of the Year and The Holiday of Doom

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/04/2018

A bind-up edition of two books from the much-loved classic children's series Pongwiffy featuring The Spell of the Year and The Holiday of Doom! When Pongwiffy is forced to spring clean her hovel she finds an old magic spell to help her! But it turns out that the old-fashioned ingredients are tricky to come by, especially when they belong to the familiars of other witches... In the second story, the rain won't stop and Pongwiffy is BORED. So she decides to plan a holiday! But when Pongwiffy blows all of the Coven's funds on a trip to Sludgehaven-on-Sea, maybe being bored isn't such a bad thing. Two laugh-out-loud stories of humour and warmth, enticingly mixed with much sludge, slime and very bad habits. Now with brand new illustrations from Katy Riddell!

The Pongwiffy Stories 1 A Witch of Dirty Habits and The Goblins' Revenge

The Pongwiffy Stories 1 A Witch of Dirty Habits and The Goblins' Revenge

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/08/2017

A brand new bind-up edition of the much-loved classic children's series Pongwiffy including A Witch of Dirty Habits and The Goblin's Revenge! Pongwiffy has just moved into a new cave, and it's dirty, smelly and damp - in other words it's perfect for a witch like Pongwiffy! At least it would be if her next door neighbours weren't a group of extremely noisy Goblins... Before long Pongwiffy can bear it no more and enlists the help of her best friend, Witch Sharkadder, to find her somewhere else to live. And that's when the problems really start! In the second story, the Goblins are back and up to their usual tricks! But this time Pongwiffy also has to deal with a badly behaved broom, a bonfire disaster and a strange genie.... Two laugh-out-loud stories of humour and warmth, enticingly mixed with much sludge, slime and very bad habits. Now with brand new illustrations from Katy Riddell!

Early Reader: Belinda and the Bears go to School

Early Reader: Belinda and the Bears go to School

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/08/2016

A brand new red Early Reader about Belinda and the Bears' day at school, from bestselling author, Kaye Umansky, and illustrator, Chris Jevons. Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey. There are two cottages in Honeybear Lane. One has a green door, and one has a blue door. Behind the green door lives Belinda. Behind the blue door live . . . The Three Bears! It's time for Baby Bear to go to school. Can Belinda help him learn all about making new friends, sharing and having fun?

Naughty Naughty Monster

Naughty Naughty Monster

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2016

I'M A NAUGHTY NAUGHTY MONSTER! ARE YOU READY? HERE I COME! I AM HUNGRY FOR MY DINNER AND I WANT YOU IN MY TUM! The Naughty Naughty Monster is looking for for a tasty meal to fill his monstrous belly. He rampages through woodland, farm and town, scaring all of the happy little animals that he thinks could make a good snack, but he runs into a fairy who is NOT happy with him at all! Will Naughty Naughty Monster learn his lesson and change his naughty ways? Kaye Umansky has written over 130 books for children and her work ranges from picture books to novels. She is best known for the Pongwiffy series. Greg Abbott is a talented new illustrator. Naughty, Naughty Monster is his first picture book.

Naughty Naughty Monster

Naughty Naughty Monster

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2016

I'M A NAUGHTY NAUGHTY MONSTER! ARE YOU READY? HERE I COME! I AM HUNGRY FOR MY DINNER AND I WANT YOU IN MY TUM! The Naughty Naughty Monster is looking for for a tasty meal to fill his monstrous belly. He rampages through woodland, farm and town, scaring all of the happy little animals that he thinks could make a good snack, but he runs into a fairy who is NOT happy with him at all! Will Naughty Naughty Monster learn his lesson and change his naughty ways? Kaye Umansky has written over 130 books for children and her work ranges from picture books to novels. She is best known for the Pongwiffy series. Greg Abbott is a talented new illustrator. Naughty, Naughty Monster is his first picture book.

Early Reader: Belinda and the Bears Go Shopping

Early Reader: Belinda and the Bears Go Shopping

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

A brand new red Early Reader about family and friendship, from bestselling author, Kaye Umanksy, and illustrator, Chris Jevons. Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books, perfect for building confidence in new readers and reluctant readers. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey. There are two cottages in Honeybear Lane. One has a green door, and one has a blue door. Behind the green door lives Belinda. Behind the blue door live . . . The Three Bears! Baby Bear has his very own room, but nothing to put in it! Can clever Belinda persuade the bears to go on their first shopping trip?

I Want a Companion Level 10

I Want a Companion Level 10

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2016

Collins Arabic Big Cat is a guided reading series for ages 3 to 11. The series is structured with reference to the learning progression of Arabic at nursery and primary schools researched especially for Collins. This carefully graded approach allows children to build up their reading knowledge of Arabic step by step. Level 10 books include characters that express emotions and stories with more events. Non-fiction titles introduce terms that might be new to many children. Level 10 books continue to use single spacing and more high-frequency words appear without vowel markings to help the students get used to the traditional norms of printed Arabic. `I want a pet! I want a pet! I hope I like the pet I get!' But when a boy goes to the Strange Pet Shop to find a companion, there's no knowing what he'll find there. This rollicking rhyming story is accompanied by wonderfully wacky illustrations of the most bizarre pets you could ever hope to meet! At the end of the story is a poster advertising the Strange Pet Shop, which is ideal of further discussion and recapping of the book in children's own words.

Early Reader: Belinda and the Bears and the New Chair

Early Reader: Belinda and the Bears and the New Chair

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2015

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey. There are two cottages in Honeybear Lane. One has a green door, and one has a blue door. Behind the green door lives Belinda. Behind the blue door live . . . The Three Bears! Goldilocks has broken Baby's chair, and Daddy Bear doesn't know how to fix it. Can Belinda help make it Just Right again? Kaye Umansky's new series for Early Readers is just as warm and delightful as her Algy's Amazing Adventures books. Every page is illustrated in full colour by Chris Jevons.

Early Reader: Belinda and the Bears and the Porridge Project

Early Reader: Belinda and the Bears and the Porridge Project

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/03/2015

Belinda lives in Honeybear Lane with her mum and dad. The house next door is empty ... until, one day, The Three Bears move in. Their house in the woods has been knocked down to make way for a motorway, and now they need Belinda's help to cope with the outside world. After all, bears can't live on porridge alone. Kaye Umansky's new series for Early Readers is just as warm and delightful as her Algy's Amazing Adventures books. Every page is illustrated in full colour by Chris Jevons.

Kaye Umansky's Robin Hood A Bow-Slinging, Arrow-Twanging, Bulls-Eye of a Musical

Kaye Umansky's Robin Hood A Bow-Slinging, Arrow-Twanging, Bulls-Eye of a Musical

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2013

Kaye Umansky's witty tale of Lincoln Green tights, girl power and boy-band hero, Robin, is sure to delight and entertain audiences and performers alike. Perfect for upper primary school performances, there are plenty of parts, large and small and a full quiver of show-stealing songs by award-winning composer, Stephen Chadwick. The outlaws of Sherwood Forest have raided again and the evil Prince John plots a trap for Robin Hood: he will hold an archery contest and award a golden arrow - and a dungeon - to the winner. Robin's eye-watering speed with his bow and arrow are legend, but as Marion and Mensa, the wise woman, suspect, it's all sleight of hand. Robin's a truly terrible shot! So how can he win the prize, avoid the dungeon and - most importantly - keep his fame intact? The complete performance pack with its photocopiable script, full audio CD support and piano vocal score includes everything you need for rehearsing and presenting the final show. No music reading required. To present a public performance of this musical you will need a performance licence. Simply email education@harpercollins.co.uk or phone 01484 668 148 and request a Performance Licence Application Form.

Billy Goats Gruff A Noisy Picture Book

Billy Goats Gruff A Noisy Picture Book

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/08/2013

Take a great story and lots of silly sounds, mix with a happy helping of children, and you have a recipe for a Kaye Umansky Noisy Picture Book. Riotously funny retellings of favourite tales as you have never heard them before.traditional story as you have never heard it before. Take a great story and lots of silly sounds, mix with a happy helping of children, and you have a recipe for a Kaye Umansky Noisy Picture Book. Riotously funny retellings of favourite tales as you have never heard them before. The Billy Goats Gruff find their trip-trapping path to the whispering grass across the oozing river ferociously interrupted by a ROAR!!!! Someone's eying up THEM for his breakfast. Noisily colourful illustrations and a hilarious audio performance invite you to join in with a joyful hullabaloo.

Little Red Hen A Noisy Picture Book

Little Red Hen A Noisy Picture Book

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/08/2013

Take a great story and lots of silly sounds, mix with a happy helping of children, and you have a recipe for a Kaye Umansky Noisy Picture Book. Riotously funny retellings of favourite tales as you have never heard them before. Take a great story and lots of silly sounds, mix with a happy helping of children, and you have a recipe for a Kaye Umansky Noisy Picture Book. Riotously funny retellings of favourite tales as you have never heard them before. Little Red Hen finds a grain of wheat but who will help her plant and hoe it? To a lazy chorus of 'WOOF MEOW QUACK QUACK - YAWN!' from her friends, she stamps her feet with a 'CLUCK CLUCK CLUCK' and sets to work. Noisily colourful illustrations and an irresistible audio performance invite us to join the rapping, tapping, toiling and triumphant Little Red Hen.

Three Little Pigs A Noisy Picture Book

Three Little Pigs A Noisy Picture Book

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/08/2013

Take a great story and lots of silly sounds, mix with a happy helping of children, and you have a recipe for a Kaye Umansky Noisy Picture Book. Riotously funny retellings of favourite tales as you have never heard them before. Take a great story and lots of silly sounds, mix with a happy helping of children, and you have a recipe for a Kaye Umansky Noisy Picture Book. Riotously funny retellings of favourite tales as you have never heard them before. Mummy Pig waves goodbye to her three little trotters as they sing themselves off down the road to build new homes. What a din they make with their straw, sticks and bricks and what a gale the Wolf blows up when they won't let him into their proud little houses. But the Three Little Pigs have the noisiest last laugh for all to join in.

Dodo Doo Doo

Dodo Doo Doo

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/03/2011

'Dodos are extinct, you see. I know that same as you do.' 'If Dodos are extinct,' said Fred, 'Then what's that Dodo doo-doo?' A wonderfully funny tale about the real reason why dodos are extinct, from the award-winning author of Pongwhiffy and the award-winning illustrator of Winnie the Witch!

The Yetis Hunt Sir Quinton Quest

The Yetis Hunt Sir Quinton Quest

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2009

Yo Ho Ho! A-Pirating We'll Go

Yo Ho Ho! A-Pirating We'll Go

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2008

I want to be a pirate.It's a pirate's life for me!I'll wear a skull-and-crossbones hatAnd sail the salty sea!Sail away with five little pirates in search of treasure and adventure . . . Dance a jig on a brig, decide how to wear your hat, discover that pirate food's disgusting, find that treasure chest and lots more - before coming safely home for tea! A rollicking and colourful collection to delight little pirates everywhere!

Sir Quinton Quest Hunts the Yeti

Sir Quinton Quest Hunts the Yeti

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2008

I Don't Like Gloria!

I Don't Like Gloria!

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2008

A humorous picture book taking a sideways look at the chaos caused by new arrivals! Colin the dog is not happy. A newcomer has arrived: Gloria the cat. Gloria eats from Colin's bowl, takes up residence in Colin's basket, and becomes the all-round centre of attention. But hey. What's this? A box has arrived. Jeffrey the rabbit has come to live with them. Colin and Gloria finally come to agree on something: We REALLY don't like Jeffrey!

Pongwiffy

Pongwiffy

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2007

Three Rocking Crocs

Three Rocking Crocs

Author: Kaye Umansky, Helen MacGregor Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/2006

Three Rocking Crocs is a glorious and instantly accessible collection of traditional stories, retold with musical developments. They make excellent classroom projects and can lead to engaging assembly performances. The glorious and instantly accessible Threes series - Three Tapping Teddies, Three Singing Pigs, Three Rapping Rats - rocks into action again with this fine new collection of traditional stories, retold with musical developments for classroom or assembly. Aimed at children at the top end of primary, the stories are well suited to the age level, and the musical developments are challenging, while never forgetting that they are for generalist teachers to deliver. The eight stories, which range from the hilarious to the downright scary, include Beauty and the Beast, The Frog Prince, Theseus and the Minotaur, Dick Whittington and Baba Yaga. They make excellent classroom projects and can lead to engaging performances. Excellent alternative material for users of Music Express Years 5 and 6. Whiteboard/Photocopiable pdfs are available to download free at www.acblack.com/music

I am a Tree

I am a Tree

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2006

Tim is an ace actor and keen member of the school drama club. So of course he expects to be the star of the end of year school play. But to his horror he finds he's been cast as a tree. And not just that - his only lines are in verse. Is there anything he can do to save his reputation? A brilliantly funny, hugely readable story, about how to make the most of a supporting role.

Three Tapping Teddies Musical Stories and Chants for the Very Young

Three Tapping Teddies Musical Stories and Chants for the Very Young

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/10/2005

A music and literacy resource for Early Years. This work contains 15 lively chants and stories retold by Kaye Umansky. It includes favourites such as Goldilocks , Little Red Riding Hood , Pinocchio , Chicken Licken and Cinderella - with musical development activities by Helen MacGregor. A much-loved music and literacy resource for Early Years - now with a bright new cover! A musical treat - 15 lively, enchanting chants and stories retold by Kaye Umansky. Includes favourites such as Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood, Pinocchio, Chicken Licken and Cinderella - all with imaginative musical develpment activities by Helen MacGregor.

Stomp, Chomp, Big Roars! Here Come the Dinosaurs!

Stomp, Chomp, Big Roars! Here Come the Dinosaurs!

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2005

This is the way we stomp our feet, Stomp! Stomp! Stomp! This is the way we like to eat, Chomp! Chomp! Chomp! Stomp! Chomp! Big Roars, Here come the dinosaurs! A brilliant third action rhymes book from the perfect duo of Kaye Umansky and Nick Sharratt. Following on from Tickle my Nose and Wiggle My Toes, this book focusses on the perennial favourites, dinosaurs, and boasts a whole host of brand new interactive fun rhymes about all sorts of things. Illustrated with Nick Sharratt's superbly vibrant and fantastic dinosaur characters, this will soon become a most popular book.

Horses' Holiday Band 07/Turquoise

Horses' Holiday Band 07/Turquoise

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Hooray! Hooray! It's the horses' holiday! They come by coach, they come by car, they come from far away. This humorous rhyming story takes the reader on a riotous journey to Dobbin World, where the horses' holiday activities seem strikingly similar to our own * Orange/ Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. * Text type - A humorous rhyming story. * The postcard on pages 14 and 15 provides a new approach to revisiting and exploring the story. * Curriculum links - Geography: Going to the seaside. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

My Very First Joke Book

My Very First Joke Book

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2004

My Very First Joke Book is full of the very funniest and best jokes! An excellent introduction to jokes and joke-telling. Over 60 jokes and rhymes, each with their own hilarious illustration - perfect for playground comedians. There are 'Knock, knock!' jokes, 'Doctor, doctor' jokes, monster jokes, and plain daft jokes. There are silly rhymes, crazy crossbreeds and a whole library of joke titles. Each one is in a large easy-to-read typeface and has its own humorous illustration to make it even funnier! Kaye Umansky is best known as the creator of Pongwiffy (Puffin) - hugely popular with children because of the irreverent humour. Kaye's trademark humour is evident in all her books and she is well qualified to write a joke book for very young children.

Big Iggy

Big Iggy

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2001

Black Cats is a brand new, on-going series of top stories. Children will come to trust the Black Cat logo as a sign of good writing in all genres: spooky, comic and magic, among others. These first six paperbacks are comic. Some are wild, some are mad, all of them are very funny. Written by the some of the most well-known comic writers - Terry Deary, Kaye Umansky and Jeremy Strong. Illustrated throughout, Black Cats are for confident young readers who like to lose themselves in great books.

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2000

There are roles for everybody in this humorous stage version of Sleeping Beauty. Complete with Dame, Principle Boy and slapstick comedy, but not without its darker moments, Sleeping Beauty is intended as the perfect pantomime.

Sir Quinton Quest Hunts the Jewel

Sir Quinton Quest Hunts the Jewel

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/12/1994

Pass The Jam, Jim

Pass The Jam, Jim

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/11/1993

A rhyming picture book in which a group of children prepare for a party. The bright, action-packed illustrations feature all kinds of delicious food.

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