Simon Chapman - Author

About the Author

As well as writing the hit series Explorers Wanted, Simon Chapman has written for newspapers and recorded for Radio 4. He is also a self-confessed jungle-addict and has explored tropical rainforests all over the world. When he isn’t having adventures, Simon lives in Lancaster where he teaches physics.

Books by Simon Chapman

Expedition Diaries: Borneo Rainforest

Expedition Diaries: Borneo Rainforest

Author: Simon Chapman Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/07/2018

Simon is flying to the island of Borneo in the South China Sea. He plans to travel by boat and plane, and trek through one of the world's oldest rainforests to find orangutans in their natural equitorial habitat. He'll be sketching some of the island's 1,000s of species of tree, mammal and bird along the way. Simon Chapman, winner of the Blue Peter Book Award, brings geography to life, and his Expedition Diaries are a great way to introduce the world's biomes and habitats to children, direct from someone who's actually been in them - sometimes up to his neck! These books are perfect for sparking interest in this key school topic.

Expedition Diaries: African Savannah

Expedition Diaries: African Savannah

Author: Simon Chapman Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/07/2018

Get stuck into exploring, and find out more about the world's amazing biomes, in these expedition diaries. Simon is journeying through Botswana, in southern Africa, through the wetlands of the Okavango Delta towards the open savannah and semi-desert of Namibia. The whole area is a biodiversity hotspot. Simon is documenting his journey, and there's one animal that he particularly wants to see more than any other: a black rhino. This series, taken from Simon's real-life diaries, is written in a narrative non-fiction style and illustrated by Simon's own field sketches and expedition photos. It's a great way to introduce readers aged 8+ to biomes and ecosystems.

Expedition Diaries: Indian Lowlands

Expedition Diaries: Indian Lowlands

Author: Simon Chapman Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/02/2018

Simon has arrived in New Delhi, India,on the start of his journey to Corbett National Park and into wetlands, desert, and low-lying dry forest beyond. He's searching for the endangered Bengal tiger. But early on, the trip doesn't go according to plan, when Simon is involved in a car crash ... Simon Chapman, winner of the Blue Peter Book Award, brings geography to life, and his Expedition Diaries are a great way to introduce the world's biomes and habitats to children, direct from someone who's actually been in them - sometimes up to his neck! These books are perfect for sparking interest in this key school topic.

Expedition Diaries: Australian Outback

Expedition Diaries: Australian Outback

Author: Simon Chapman Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/02/2018

Simon is in Darwin, Australia, preparing to travel through the unique mix of tropical forest, savannah and desert that make up the Australian Outback. But he's already worrying if his 4x4 is up to the job, and about the dangers posed by crocodiles, spiders and snakes - and road trains! Simon Chapman, winner of the Blue Peter Book Award, brings geography to life, and his Expedition Diaries are a great way to introduce the world's biomes and habitats to children, direct from someone who's actually been in them - sometimes up to his neck! These books are perfect for sparking interest in this key school topic.

Expedition Diaries: Himalayan Mountains

Expedition Diaries: Himalayan Mountains

Author: Simon Chapman Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/11/2017

Simon is heading to the Himalayan Mountains of western China, where he'll begin his journey along the Nujiang River and up through coniferous forests into the alpine region. He faces treacherous mountains in the last leg of his trek to find Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys. Simon Chapman, winner of the Blue Peter Book Award, brings geography to life, and his Expedition Diaries are a great way to introduce the world's biomes and habitats to children, direct from someone who's actually been in them - sometimes up to his neck! These books are perfect for sparking interest in this key school topic.

Expedition Diaries: Amazon Basin

Expedition Diaries: Amazon Basin

Author: Simon Chapman Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/11/2017

Simon is packed and heading off to a region of the Amazon Basin in northern Bolivia. Despite its size, it's a fragile biome, of mixed forest and river habitats. Simon plans to document his journey down the River Enatahua, but things go wrong right from the start: a rucksack is missing, along with his canoe ... Simon Chapman, winner of the Blue Peter Book Award, brings geography to life, and his Expedition Diaries are a great way to introduce the world's biomes and habitats to children, direct from someone who's actually been in them - sometimes up to his neck! These books are perfect for sparking interest in this key school topic.

Himalayas Bottom to Top Band 18/Pearl

Himalayas Bottom to Top Band 18/Pearl

Author: Simon Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2017

Take a look at the Himalayan mountain range - from the jungle valleys at the bottom right up to the icy peaks at the very top. Find out about the climate, the vegetation and the wildlife and how people live their lives at each level. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links: Geography

Discovering Dinosaurs

Discovering Dinosaurs

Author: Simon Chapman Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2016

This is the the most thrilling, adventure book, ever! Written by a real-life adventurer, Simon Chapman, be prepared to live your dream and imagine you discovered the dinosaurs. It's your chance to battle blizzards with swarms of vipers in the Gobi Desert with Roy Chapman Andrews, join the race across the the Wild West of America with bone-hunters Cope and Marsh. Along the trail of discovery you'll unearth a time when monsters really did rule the world - DINOSAURS. You will find them all in here: Triceratops, Pteradactyls, Iguanodon, Stegosaurus, Diplodocus and many more. It's crammed full of stats, wild pictures, a brilliant pop-up (don't get eaten!), realistic artworks, journals, flaps and even the insides of dinosaurs. You'll discover what makes a dinosaur, when and where they lived, what they ate, why they fought and why they became extinct. Be a know-it-all. WOW! Tyrannosaurus Rex had huge bone crunching jaws with 50 - 60 teeth and could eat up to 500lbs of meat in one crunch. That's like 3 whole cows! Or a Triceratops! Feathered Fiend! The size of a turkey, the velociraptor had feathers, but couldn't fly. It could run like the wind, well a 40mph wind! Wipe Out! The rock that hit the earth 65 million years ago injured the earth with Tsunami waves, fireballs and acid rain. Hello, mass extinction.

How to Trek the Himalayas

How to Trek the Himalayas

Author: Simon Chapman Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2014

How to Explore the African Bush

How to Explore the African Bush

Author: Simon Chapman Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2014

Catching Dragons

Catching Dragons

Author: Simon Chapman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2014

WOW Facts! are speciafically written for struggling readers. A lost island cut off from the outside world by swirling currents. With craggy volcanoes and thorny jungles, legend had it that the place was home to dragons. This is the story of how an explorerset out to catch one of them.

Zeppelin Hunters

Zeppelin Hunters

Author: Simon Chapman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2014

WOW Facts! are specifically written for struggling readers. 1915. German Zeppelin airships were bombing London and nothing could be done about it. They flew too high up for the British biplanes to shoot them down. But they did have one major weakness.They were filled with explosive gas.

EDGE: You Choose If You Live or Die: Alien Invasion

EDGE: You Choose If You Live or Die: Alien Invasion

Author: Simon Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/06/2013

Strange objects have been appearing across the Earth, and then people start disappearing. The aliens are coming, and they don't want to make peace. They're here to kill us all! This book isn't like others you may have read - inside you make the choices. Can you help to stop the alien invasion? Can you save the human race? Only you can decide if you live or die inside! This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books kids can't put down.

EDGE: You Choose If You Live or Die: Prisoner Escape

EDGE: You Choose If You Live or Die: Prisoner Escape

Author: Simon Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/06/2013

You're on trial for a crime you didn't commit, but it seems no one is ready to believe you. The only way to clear your name is to solve the mystery yourself without getting caught or killed. This book isn't like others you may have read - inside you make the choices. Can you escape from the police? Can you survive long enough to solve the crime? Only you can decide if you live or die inside! This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books kids can't put down.

EDGE: You Choose If You Live or Die: Jungle Crash

EDGE: You Choose If You Live or Die: Jungle Crash

Author: Simon Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/06/2013

Mayday! Mayday! We're going down! You've crashed in the jungle and you must now find your way to safety, avoiding the wildlife and the drug dealers along the way. Decide if you live or die in this choose-your-own-destiny adventure from real-life explorer Simon Chapman. This book isn't like others you may have read - inside you make the choices. Can you escape from the jungle? Can you survive the drug dealers? Only you can decide if you live or die inside! This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books kids can't put down.

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