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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

Sweet Dreamzzz Panda

Sweet Dreamzzz Panda

Author: John Townsend Illustrator: Carolyn Scrace Format: Board book Release Date: 28/03/2022

'All day I've been With friends outside, But now I'm tired And bleary-eyed.' Say goodnight with the panda character in this adorable board book, which features cute illustrations and a simple, soothing, rhyming story about a panda playing with friends and getting tired, emphasising the importance of a healthy lifestyle and preparing for a good night's sleep.

Sweet Dreamzzz Lion

Sweet Dreamzzz Lion

Author: John Townsend Illustrator: Carolyn Scrace Format: Board book Release Date: 28/03/2022

'It's bedtime now, I'm feeling dozy. It's time to squeeze up, Nice and cosy.' Say goodnight with the lion character in this adorable board book, which features cute illustrations and a simple, soothing, rhyming story about a lion playing with his friends, eating a big dinner and getting drowsy, emphasising the importance of a healthy lifestyle and preparing for a good night's sleep.

Hello Unicorn

Hello Unicorn

Author: John Townsend Illustrator: Serena Lombardo Format: Board book Release Date: 28/02/2022

'A unicorn arrived today - She came indoors and asked to stay. She really took me by surprise, No way could I believe my eyes!' This charming board book features a simple, humorous story about a child visited by a magical unicorn. The brightly coloured, cheerful artwork and simple, rhyming text will mesmerise young children and stimulate their early literacy development.

How The Bear Lost His Tail and Other Animal Stories of the Forest

How The Bear Lost His Tail and Other Animal Stories of the Forest

Author: John Townsend Illustrator: Martina Peluso Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2022

Inspired by traditional folktales from around the world, this features fantastical, mesmerising tales about how different forest animals came to resemble the species that we know today. The stories mix humour, suspense, a few scares and charming full colour artwork to spellbinding effect. Full list of stories: How The Bear Lost His Tail, How The Frog Became King of the Marshes, How Kangaroo Got A Tail, Why Owls Stare, Silver Soup and the Sneaky Fox, How The Stag Got His Antlers, How Dogs Became Our Friends, How Raven Brought Light To The Forest.

Mr Chug and the Red Tractor

Mr Chug and the Red Tractor

Author: John Townsend Illustrator: Isobel Lundie Format: Board book Release Date: 28/02/2022

'Whatever is that clunking noise In the farmyard shed? What's blowing out those puffs of smoke? A tractor - and it's red!' The humorous story of a friendly farmer and their fantastic contraption - a red tractor! Can Mr Chug fix his tractor so that he can plough his fields? The board book features rhyming text and flaps that can be lifted to reveal surprises. The highly-detailed, quirky illustrations are filled with wacky characters and objects to spot. An engaging introduction for young readers to 'things that go' and engineering.

Hello Dragon

Hello Dragon

Author: John Townsend Illustrator: Serena Lombardo Format: Board book Release Date: 28/02/2022

'A dragon is a friendly pet And useful if your hair gets wet. Just a little burst of fire Makes a very handy dryer.' This charming board book features a simple, humorous story about a child and their friendly, flying pet dragon. The brightly coloured, cheerful artwork and simple, rhyming text will mesmerise young children and stimulate their early literacy development.

Mrs Zoom and the Blue Rocket

Mrs Zoom and the Blue Rocket

Author: John Townsend Illustrator: Isobel Lundie Format: Board book Release Date: 28/02/2022

'Whatever's that inside the shed, Next door at Mrs Zoom's? What's making wisps of bright pink gas? An engine puffing fumes!' The humorous story of a brilliant inventor and their fantastic contraption - a blue rocket! Can Mrs Zoom get her rocket ready to blast off? The board book features rhyming text and flaps that can be lifted to reveal surprises. The highly-detailed, quirky illustrations are filled with wacky characters and objects to spot. An engaging introduction for young readers to 'things that go' and engineering.

Why Monkeys Live In Trees and Other Animal Stories of the Great Outdoors

Why Monkeys Live In Trees and Other Animal Stories of the Great Outdoors

Author: John Townsend Illustrator: Martina Peluso Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2022

Inspired by traditional folktales from around the world, this features fantastical, mesmerising tales about how different animals from the jungle, the outback and the Arctic came to resemble the species that we know today. The stories mix humour, suspense, a few scares and charming full colour artwork to spellbinding effect. Full list of stories: Why Monkeys Live In Trees, How The Tiger Got Its Stripes, Why The Koala Has No Tail, The Lion and the Hare, How The Chipmunk Got Its Stripes, The Hyena's Last Laugh, The Mouse Deer and the Tiger, When The Polar Bears Danced.

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