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Martin Howard - Author

About the Author

Martin Howard is the author of many humour titles for both adults and children, examples include the hugely successful Bad Dog’s Diary series and The Wickedest Witch, the first book in the Witches At War! series.

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Alfie Fleet's Guide to the Universe

Alfie Fleet's Guide to the Universe

Author: Martin Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

Are you stuck in a holiday rut? Need a change from your usual two weeks in Boredom-on-Sea? Want to explore more far flung destinations but not sure where to start? Well look no further because Alfie Fleet's Guide to the Universe will show you the best and worst holiday destinations that are literally out of this world! Enjoy a flight around the bird-planet of Winspan, enjoy a cocktail on beautiful planet Blyssss, or rent a giant hollowed-out mushroom to sleep in on planet Nomefulch - the universe is yours for the taking. And if you're a thrill-seeking adventurer then head for Solstice and join the pirates on a cruise around the planet - but watch out for the hostile mermaids and the strange recluse who inhabits the Isle of Sheds . . . Alfie Fleet and the Professor are on a planet-hopping quest-keep up if you can! More than funny fiction - this story does for travel guides what Wimpy Kid did for diaries and Tom Gates did for doodle books. With amazing illustrations by Chris Mould throughout, this book is a visual feast and will appeal to readers everywhere.

Another Way Out Band 11+/Lime Plus

Another Way Out Band 11+/Lime Plus

Author: Martin Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2019

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available. It was only a tiny stalactite and I didn't know it would make the tunnel cave in if I snapped it off ... Find out what really happened on Oak Class's school trip, told through field trip reports written by the pupils. This humorous and unusual story was written by Martin Howard. Lime Plus/Band 11+ books provide challenging plots and vocabulary as well as opportunities to pratise inference, prediction and reading stamina. Pages 46 and 47 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

The Extraordinary Life of Neil Armstrong

The Extraordinary Life of Neil Armstrong

Author: Martin Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2019

One little boy who loved the idea of flying became the first person to set foot on the moon. On 20 July 1969 Neil Armstrong made history, his 'giant leap for mankind'. From his childhood playing with model planes to becoming one of the most famous astronauts of all time, discover the incredible story of Neil Armstrong's life in this beautifully illustrated book, complete with narrative biography, facts and timelines.

The Cosmic Atlas of Alfie Fleet

The Cosmic Atlas of Alfie Fleet

Author: Martin Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2019

Bored of the same old routine? Longing for a bit of adventure in your life? Love living life on the edge? Then join Alfie Fleet and discover a whole universe of wonders (and things that are not so wonderful too, but we won't go into that now). From giant sand lobsters on planet Maureen and the Twang Bears of Mumsy, to the eerie (yet oddly quite boring) brains in jars on Brains-in-Jars World - there is something for everyone. And if danger's your thing you won't want to miss Outlandish, with its gold-hoarding dragon, take-your-life-in-your-hands cuisine, and welcoming locals who'll fire lightning bolts at you. Thrills and adventure await, just hop on board the slightly old and rusty moped of infinity! More than funny fiction - this story does for travel guides and maps what Wimpy Kid did for diaries and Tom Gates did for doodle books. With amazing illustrations by Chris Mould throughout, this book is a visual feast and will appeal to readers everywhere.

King Lear Band 18/Pearl

King Lear Band 18/Pearl

Author: Martin Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

Revisit Shakespeare's most famous tragedy. When King Lear asks his three daughters to prove their love for him, he never expects the devastating outcome he faces. This remarkable edition allows readers into the minds of each of the principal characters to better understand their crafty plans and desperate motivations. 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: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage

Shaun the Sheep: Pranks a Lot!

Shaun the Sheep: Pranks a Lot!

Author: Martin Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

One silly prank leads to another with Shaun the Sheep and his best friend Bitzer as each tries to get the last laugh. One hilarious practical joke leads to another as best friends Shaun the Sheep and Bitzer exact revenge on each other. The jokes get more elaborate, and soon the other residents of the farm are near their wits' end. Will the two friends go too far with their pranks? How will they ever trust each other again? A side-splitting addition to the Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm series of illustrated books.

Shaun the Sheep: Blast to the Past

Shaun the Sheep: Blast to the Past

Author: Martin Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Shaun the Sheep gets very Dr Who in this mind-bending addition to the hilarious Mossy Bottom Farm series of illustrated original fiction. When the Flock's go-kart spins out of control and crashes, Mossy Bottom Farm has changed. The Farmer is much younger, the pigs are wearing nappies, and the cockerel is just a baby. It's clear to Shaun the Sheep that Bitzer and the Flock have travelled back in time! The young Farmer doesn't know much about farming, and the farm is a mess. Can the animals teach the Farmer his job and then find a way to return to their own time? A mind-bending addition to the hilarious Tales of Mossy Bottom Farm series of illustrated books.

Shaun the Sheep: Blast to the Past

Shaun the Sheep: Blast to the Past

Author: Martin Howard Format: eBook Release Date: 21/04/2016

Shaun the Sheep gets very 'Dr Who' in this mind-bending addition to the hilarious Mossy Bottom Farm series of illustrated original fiction.When the Flock's go-kart spins out of control and crashes, Mossy Bottom Farm has changed. The Farmer is much younger, the pigs are wearing nappies, and the cockerel is just a baby. It's clear to Shaun the Sheep that Bitzer and the Flock have travelled back in time! The young Farmer doesn't know much about farming, and the farm is a mess. Can the animals teach the Farmer his job and then find a way to return to their own time? A mind-bending addition to the hilarious Tales of Mossy Bottom Farm series of illustrated books.

The Three Musketeers Band 17/Diamond

The Three Musketeers Band 17/Diamond

Author: Martin Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

Follow the exciting adventure of D'Artagnan as he desperately tries to fight for a place as one of the King's Musketeers, in this gripping retelling of Alexandre Dumas' classic story. Will D'Artagnan have the courage, bravery and skill to join the finest swordsmen in all of France? Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the literary heritage

Shaun the Sheep - The Farmer's Llamas

Shaun the Sheep - The Farmer's Llamas

Author: Martin Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/12/2015

Will Shaun turn to the dark side when three llamas arrive at Mossy Bottom Farm? A hilarious retelling of the TV special. When a mix-up at the auction leads to a surprise win, the Farmer brings his prize animals - a trio of llamas - home to the farm. Shaun is thrilled, but are the new residents a baaad influence? Based on a one-off, half-hour TV episode, this junior novel includes full-colour stills from the special.

Shaun the Sheep - The Farmer's Llamas

Shaun the Sheep - The Farmer's Llamas

Author: Martin Howard Format: eBook Release Date: 26/12/2015

Will Shaun turn to the dark side when three llamas arrive at Mossy Bottom Farm? A hilarious retelling of the TV special.When a mix-up at the auction leads to a surprise win, the Farmer brings his prize animals - a trio of llamas - home to the farm. Shaun is thrilled, but are the new residents a baaad influence? Based on a one-off, half-hour TV episode, this junior novel includes full-colour stills from the special.

Shaun the Sheep: Flock to the Seaside

Shaun the Sheep: Flock to the Seaside

Author: Martin Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Characters from the CBBC and Aardman series Shaun the Sheep step from screen to page in the third book in illustrated fiction series Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm. Fans of CBBC's Shaun the Sheep will adore the third novel in the Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm series, which is based on characters from the top-rated TV show by Aardman (the creators of Wallace and Gromit). There are black-and-white illustrations throughout, plus comic strips and activity pages. The Mossy Bottom sheep are at a sheepdog trial in a field by the seaside, but the Flock are determined to enjoy the beach instead. Can Bitzer and Shaun get them back to the field before the trial starts?

Shaun the Sheep: On the Ball

Shaun the Sheep: On the Ball

Author: Martin Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Characters from the CBBC and Aardman series Shaun the Sheep step from screen to page in the 4th book in illustrated fiction series Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm. Fans of CBBC's Shaun the Sheep will adore the fourth novel in the Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm series, which is based on characters from the top-rated TV show by Aardman (the creators of Wallace and Gromit). There are black-and-white illustrations throughout, plus comic strips and activity pages. It's a sunny afternoon on Mossy Bottom Farm, and competition between the sheep and the pigs is almost as hot as the weather as they play a new game called Piggy Stomp. May the best tail win!

Shaun the Sheep: Flock to the Seaside

Shaun the Sheep: Flock to the Seaside

Author: Martin Howard Format: eBook Release Date: 16/04/2015

Characters from the CBBC and Aardman series Shaun the Sheep step from screen to page in the 3rd book in illustrated fiction series Tales from Mossy Bottom FarmFans of CBBC's Shaun the Sheep will adore the 3rd novel in the Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm series, which is based on characters from the top-rated TV show by Aardman (the creators of Wallace and Gromit). There are black-and-white illustrations throughout, plus comic strips and activity pages. The Mossy Bottom sheep are at a sheepdog trial in a field by the seaside, but the Flock are determined to enjoy the beach instead. Can Bitzer and Shaun get them back to the field before the trial starts?

Shaun the Sheep Movie - The Book of the Film

Shaun the Sheep Movie - The Book of the Film

Author: Martin Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2015

Shaun the Sheep stars in his first feature film! An original novel based on the screenplay. Includes an eight-page colour insert of stills from the film. Fans of Shaun the Sheep will love this original novel based on the screenplay. When Shaun decides to take a day off to have some fun, he gets more adventure than he baa-gained for! Shaun's mischief accidentally leads to the Farmer's absence from the farm, so it's up to Shaun and the Flock to travel to the Big City to find him. Includes an 8-page, full-colour insert of stills from the film.

Shaun the Sheep: The Beast of Soggy Moor

Shaun the Sheep: The Beast of Soggy Moor

Author: Martin Howard Format: eBook Release Date: 16/10/2014

Characters from the CBBC and Aardman series Shaun the Sheep step from screen to page in the 2nd book in illustrated fiction series Tales from Mossy Bottom FarmFans of CBBC's Shaun the Sheep will adore the 2nd novel in the Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm series, which is based on characters from the top-rated TV show by Aardman (the creators of Wallace and Gromit). There are black-and-white illustrations throughout and some comic strips. AAARRROOOooo! What's that howl? Is it Shaun the Sheep playing one of his pranks? The Farmer practising his trombone? Or is it a ... beast? Can Shaun and Bitzer come up with a plan to catch the monster - or are they all doomed?

Shaun the Sheep: The Beast of Soggy Moor

Shaun the Sheep: The Beast of Soggy Moor

Author: Martin Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2014

Characters from the CBBC and Aardman series Shaun the Sheep step from screen to page in the 2nd book in illustrated fiction series Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm Fans of CBBC's Shaun the Sheep will adore the 2nd novel in the Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm series, which is based on characters from the top-rated TV show by Aardman (the creators of Wallace and Gromit). There are black-and-white illustrations throughout, plus comic strips and activity pages. AAARRROOOooo! What's that howl? Is it Shaun the Sheep playing one of his pranks? The Farmer practising his trombone? Or is it a ... beast? Can Shaun and Bitzer come up with a plan to catch the monster - or are they all doomed?

Shaun the Sheep: The Flock Factor

Shaun the Sheep: The Flock Factor

Author: Martin Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2014

Characters from the CBBC and Aardman series Shaun the Sheep step from screen to page in the 1st book in illustrated fiction series Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm Fans of CBBC's Shaun the Sheep will adore the 1st novel in the Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm series, which is based on characters from the top-rated TV show by Aardman (the creators of Wallace and Gromit). There are black-and-white illustrations throughout, plus comic strips and activity pages. It's talent-show time on Mossy Bottom Farm, and all the sheep are flocking together in the hope of beating their rivals, the chickens. Who will be crowned the Flock Factor champion?

Witches at War!: The Wild Winter

Witches at War!: The Wild Winter

Author: Martin Howard Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2012

The third and much anticipated final instalment in the highly-praised Witches at War! series Hilarious fun for children aged 8+ and brilliant for parents and children to read together Stunning illustrations throughout As you'll recall, the previous book in the series ended with a shocking revelation. Now, Sam and her mentor, the incompetent and rude but strangely likeable Esmelia Sniff, have been separated and evil is beginning to dominate the world. It's the longest, coldest winter since records began and the newspapers are reporting sightings of strange and evil creatures making their way towards the Bleak Fortress. Inside the fortress Sam is a prisoner to Diabolica's evil plans while her friend, the potion expert Helza Poppin, is trapped in the dungeon and scheduled for torture. Things ain't looking good. Approximately 35,000 words/Age range: 8+ Follow Esmelia Sniff on Twitter:@esmeliasniff and on Facebook Other titles in the Witches at War! series include The Wickedest Witch (9781843651314) and The White Wand (9781843651345).

How to Cook Children

How to Cook Children

Author: Martin Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2011

This unique children's book presents 'delicious' recipes from witches around the world. Every dish has one thing in common: the main ingredients are CHILDREN! In the classic, gruesome style typical of children's authors such as Roald Dahl, this book is a ten-year-old's paradise - filled to the brim with bogies, squashed frogs, zombie chickens and the funniest witches ever seen. Many witches have contributed, from Barfa Stew-Wart in the United States, France's favourite Mad Elaine de la Moustache, to Britain's very own Janie Groviller.

Christopher Columbus The Story of the Intrepid Italian Explorer

Christopher Columbus The Story of the Intrepid Italian Explorer

Author: Martin Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2011

Christopher Columbus' astonishing life is a story of inspiration, bravery, incredible achievement and terrible hardship. As the explorer who took three small boats across the Atlantic and found an undiscovered continent, he was a hero - but his greed for gold and power brought tragedy on the people living there, and eventually caused his own downfall. His amazing story captures the excitement and urgency of the Golden Age of Discovery. Lives in Action is a series of narrative biographies that recount the lives of some of the key figures in history. Page-turning, thrilling plots that read like fiction will keep the most reluctant reader hooked.

Germs! An Epic Tale on a Tiny Scale

Germs! An Epic Tale on a Tiny Scale

Author: Martin Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/03/2011

New in paperback! Our story begins with the rumble of war as Sam, a young germ, is conscripted to fight in the Germ Army. Their ultimate goal? To attack the boy who comes into the bathroom each day and doesn't wash his hands. When the boy fails to wash his hands one day, they seize their opportunity to attack, only to be met with the friendly Antibody Army. A great battle ensues, but which side is Sam really on? An hilarious look at the germs that live with us every day and their battle to take control of our bodies; with a message - BE SURE TO WASH YOUR HANDS! An imaginative and action-packed story with a particularly relevant message for today - wash your hands! Stunning illustrations featuring hundreds of quirky characters A special 4 page gatefold fold-out shows the armies lined up for battle

Witches at War! The White Wand

Witches at War! The White Wand

Author: Martin Howard Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2010

Esmelia Sniff and her much more talented apprentice Sam are back in the second volume of the much-loved Witches at War! series. Seriously funny! The Independent Armed with the Black Wand of Ohh Please Don't Turn Me Into Aaaargggh...Ribbett, evil Diabolica Nightshade is creating an army of witches to take over the world. It's up to Esmelia and her apprentice Sam to stop her, but the only thing that can stand against the Black Wand is...another wand of equal power. Can Sam and Esmelia put their differences aside for long enough to uncover the ancient spell to create such a wand? What will Sam discover about her past? And will Esmelia ever take off that false beard? Visit the special Witches at War series website at www.witchesatwar.co.uk or by clicking here Other titles in the series include The Wickedest Witch (9781843651314) and The Wild Winter (9781843651802).

Witches at War!: The Wickedest Witch

Witches at War!: The Wickedest Witch

Author: Martin Howard Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/09/2009

The first book in the hilarious epic Witches at War! series. Seriously funny! The Independent The headline in The Cackler is grim. Old Biddy Vicious, the Most Superior High and Wicked Witch and owner of the Black Wand of Ohh Please Don't Turn Me Into Aaaaarghhh...Ribbett is dead. But witches like their news on the dark side and there is great anticipation in the witching world. After all, there will need to be a new leader and a diabolical competition to find out who is to become the new Most Superior High and Wicked Witch. Esmelia Sniff fancies her chances, after all she is exceedingly wicked and has warts in all of the right places. As she and her surprisingly cheerful apprentice, Sam, set off to find three other witches to nominate her for the job, the meanest and the baddest witches in the world are hatching their own devious plan to become The Wickedest Witch. Visit the special Witches at War series website at www.witchesatwar.co.uk or by clicking here Other titles in the series include (Book 2) The White Wand (9781843651345) and (Book 3) The Wild Winter (9781843651802).

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