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John Townsend - Author

About the Author

John Townsend worked as a Secondary School teacher before becoming a full time writer of children's books and a writer-in-residence in a primary school tree-house. He specialises in fun, exciting information books for reluctant readers, as well as fast-paced fiction, reading schemes and 'fiction with facts' books. He visits schools around the country to encourage excitement in all aspects of reading and writing. He has published about 300 titles, including the 'Truly Foul Facts and Cheesy Jokes' non-fiction laugh and learn series.

Featured books by John Townsend

The Stone Balancer

The Stone Balancer

3+ readers

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2017

While trying to enjoy his summer, Finn finds himself in the middle of a murder scene when balancing stones under the cliffs. Already dealing with an ill mother and a turbulent uncle, Finn suddenly has a lot more on his plate. Now it is his duty to find out exactly what went on down at his favourite part of the beach...before the worst happens.  

Other books by John Townsend

The Christmas Chronicles

The Christmas Chronicles

Author: John Townsend Illustrator: James Newman Gray Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2021

The Christmas Chronicles is a collection of 24 Christmas-themed short stories - around 500 words each - taking place at the North Pole from 1st to 24th December as Santa Claus prepares to launch his sleigh to deliver the presents. The stories will feature Santa, elves, reindeer, and other characters, and are filled with humorous mishaps and snowy adventures. The book is designed to look like an advent calendar to fit the concept of 24 stories - one for every day in the build-up to Christmas. When you lift the flaps on the cover, then underneath you will find the page number where the next story begins.

Me, You, We!

Me, You, We!

Author: John Townsend Illustrator: Carolyn Scrace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2021

'The Scribble Monsters always try To be unselfish, yet To think of YOU instead of ME Is easy to forget.' Meet the Scribble Monsters - Inky, Blot, HB, Pablo, and Nibs. These playful and inquisitive characters will help young children to get to grips with the ins and outs of good manners in this highly enjoyable and charmingly-illustrated early learning book about the importance of politeness, thinking of others and not being selfish. The book features good role models, the Scribble Monsters, and shows their good behaviour being rewarded, both of which are key for showing children why it pays to practice good manners, improving their own behaviour.

Say Sorry!

Say Sorry!

Author: John Townsend Illustrator: Carolyn Scrace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2021

' I'm sorry are two words that show You'd like to put things right, Because you care and feel regret... And sorry is polite!' Meet the Scribble Monsters - Inky, Blot, HB, Pablo and Nibs. These playful and inquisitive characters will help young children to get to grips with the ins and outs of good manners in this highly enjoyable and charmingly-illustrated early learning book about the importance of politeness and saying 'sorry'. The book features good role models, the Scribble Monsters, and shows their good behaviour being rewarded, both of which are key for showing children why it pays to practice good manners, improving their own behaviour.

Say Excuse Me!

Say Excuse Me!

Author: John Townsend Illustrator: Carolyn Scrace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2021

'HB tries to leave the table, It's such a squash and squeeze. Without a fuss, the right words are Will you Excuse Me, please? ' Meet the Scribble Monsters - Inky, Blot, HB, Pablo and Nibs. These playful and inquisitive characters will help young children to get to grips with the ins and outs of good manners in this highly enjoyable and charmingly-illustrated early learning book about the importance of politeness and saying 'excuse me'. The book features good role models, the Scribble Monsters, and shows their good behaviour being rewarded, both of which are key for showing children why it pays to practice good manners, improving their own behaviour.

Pick It Up!

Pick It Up!

Author: John Townsend Illustrator: Carolyn Scrace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2021

'Some little children can forget To pick up junk behind them... We're here to scribble our advice And find ways to remind them.' Meet the Scribble Monsters - Inky, Blot, HB, Pablo and Nibs. These playful and inquisitive characters will help young children to get to grips with the ins and outs of cleaning up after oneself and keeping places litter-free in this highly enjoyable and charmingly-illustrated early learning book. The book features good role models, the Scribble Monsters, and shows their good behaviour being rewarded, both of which are key for showing children why it pays to practice good behaviour.

Vroom! Big Purple Car!

Vroom! Big Purple Car!

Author: John Townsend Illustrator: Celeste Aires Format: Board book Release Date: 28/05/2021

'An engine roars, sparks are flying; Just look at where they are... Mr Vroom zooms like a rocket In a great big purple car!' Follow the touch and trace elements with your finger and lift the flaps to discover the snazzy purple car in this delightful, interactive board book. The titles in the Whizzz! series use simple but entertaining rhyming text and eye-popping illustrations to introduce young children to things that go.

Whirrr! Big Green Helicopter

Whirrr! Big Green Helicopter

Author: John Townsend Illustrator: Celeste Aires Format: Board book Release Date: 28/05/2021

'It's picnic time here on the beach Wow - that whirring thing up there's a whopper! Quick - cover up just EVERYTHING... It's a big green helicopter chopper!' Follow the touch and trace elements with your finger and lift the flaps to discover the dazzling green helicopter in this delightful, interactive board book. The titles in the Whizzz! series use simple but entertaining rhyming text and eye-popping illustrations to introduce young children to things that go.

Say Thank You!

Say Thank You!

Author: John Townsend Illustrator: Carolyn Scrace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2021

'Thank You for my birthday present, And Thank You for my card. Remembering to say Thank You Is good - but can be hard.' Meet the Scribble Monsters - Inky, Blot, HB, Pablo, and Nibs. These playful and inquisitive characters will help young children to get to grips with the ins and outs of good manners in this highly enjoyable and charmingly-illustrated early learning book about the importance of politeness and saying 'thank you'. The book features good role models, the Scribble Monsters, and shows their good behaviour being rewarded, both of which are key for showing children why it pays to practice good manners, improving their own behaviour.

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