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Alan MacDonald - Author

About the Author

Alan was born in Watford and went to university in Bangor, North Wales, where he studied English and Drama. He started working life in a travelling theatre company, visiting schools all over the country & writing much of their material. He says it was a useful apprenticeship - if the audience didn't like the play, they talked through it or threw bits of paper at the actors. He very quickly learned what children liked.

Alan later trained as a drama teacher at Nottingham University, but most of his work in connection with the theatre has been as a writer or director. Other jobs have included working as an editor and working in a day centre.

A keen football fan, Alan has supported Watford FC since childhood. Many of his stories have a football focus - which he rates as the next best thing to playing for England! He dreamed of becoming a professional footballer, but when he won a pen in a writing competition, his fate was sealed.

Alan has written over eighty children's books, which have been translated into many languages and won several awards. In 2010, Dirty Bertie: Loo! was winner of the Leicestershire Children's Book Prize. Alan also writes for TV, including the hugely popular 'Horrid Henry' on CITV.

Featured books by Alan MacDonald

Superstar!

Superstar!

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Alan MacDonald Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2014

Angela's on a mission! Whether she's learning a new skill for the school talent contest, getting lost on a nature walk, or squaring up to the boys on the football pitch, she's determined to stand out from the crowd!

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Worms!

Worms!

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Alan MacDonald Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2006

Join Bertie as he tries to get out of a pink party, fails to be polite for a whole day and a makes really rubbish entry into the summer fair's flower arranging competition...

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Other books by Alan MacDonald

Totally Epic! Burp! Monster! Disco!

Totally Epic! Burp! Monster! Disco!

Author: Alan Macdonald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2020

A Dirty Bertie collection to delight everyone who revels in his revolting ways! Enjoy the comic capers of Dirty Bertie - the world's grubbiest trouble magnet - in this bumper book of nine revolting stories from BURP!, MONSTER! and DISCO! DIRTY BERTIE is a hugely popular series featuring the character created by David Roberts and written by Alan MacDonald. With each hilarious story split into bitesize chapters, DIRTY BERTIE is ideal for building reading confidence.

Pirates Don't Go to School!

Pirates Don't Go to School!

Author: Alan Macdonald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2020

When Jake wants to go to school his family are HORRIFIED. School is all rotten rules and terrible ten-legged teachers. Pirates don't go to school! Or do they? A fantastically funny tale, perfect to reassure 'first day at school' nerves.

Trouble!

Trouble!

Author: Alan Macdonald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

From award-winning illustrator David Roberts comes Dirty Bertie - the boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits! With comic chaos and madcap schemes, these highly-illustrated stories are perfect for new readers. Join Bertie as he concocts a magic potion for Miss Boot to make her forget the dreaded maths test, finds himself at Know-All Nick's house for the worst sleepover ever and unexpectedly wins out over the school bully. David Roberts is the illustrator of many picture books and fiction titles, including Julian Clary's THE BOLDS, SUFFRAGETTE: THE BATTLE FOR EQUALITY, JACK AND THE FLUMFLUM TREE, IGGY PECK, and ARCHITECT. With over 30 titles in the hugely popular DIRTY BERTIE series, each book contains three short stories perfect for fans of HORRID HENRY, WRIGGLESBOTTOM PRIMARY and Pamela Butchart.

Queen Victoria: Her Great Empire

Queen Victoria: Her Great Empire

Author: Alan Macdonald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2020

Everybody knows Victoria married a chap called Albert and wore black clothes - all the time. But did you know that Victoria: Went on her holidays in disguise? Was best pals with her rude Scottish servant? Everything you could ever want to know about Queen Victoria!

Henry VIII: Heads Will Roll

Henry VIII: Heads Will Roll

Author: Alan Macdonald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2020

Everybody knows that king Henry VIII is horribly famous for having a bit of a weight problem, marrying six unlucky wives and getting very carried away with his chopping block. But did you know that Henry: Was a handsome hunk and sports star? Accused his second wife of witchcraft? Bricked up his bedroom door at night? Everything you could ever want to know about Henry VIII!

Slime and Grime Fame! Horror! Aliens!

Slime and Grime Fame! Horror! Aliens!

Author: Alan Macdonald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2019

A Dirty Bertie collection to delight everyone who revels in his revolting ways! Enjoy the comic capers of Dirty Bertie - the boy with nosepickingly disgusting habits - in this bumper book of nine revolting stories from FAME!, HORROR! and ALIENS!Dirty Bertie is a hugely popular series featuring the character created by David Roberts and written by Alan MacDonald. With each hilarious story split into bitesize chapters, Dirty Bertie is ideal for reluctant readers and those just beginning to read independently.

Pirates Don't Go to School!

Pirates Don't Go to School!

Author: Alan Macdonald Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/07/2019

When Jake wants to go to school his family are HORRIFIED. School is all rotten rules and terrible ten-legged teachers. Pirates don't go to school! Or do they? A fantastically funny tale, perfect to reassure 'first day at school' nerves.

Spider!

Spider!

Author: Alan Macdonald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

Calling all DIRTY BERTIE fans! Dirty Bertie - the boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits - is back for another helping of comic chaos! With ever-increasing madcap schemes and crazy capers, Bertie continues to delight his legions of fans who revel in his revolting ways. Join Bertie in SPIDER!, his 31st adventure, as he shocks and amazes his classmates with his huge pet spider, is tricked into wearing one of Gran's knitted horrors to school, and finds nothing but trouble when he digs for treasure in the park. DIRTY BERTIE is a hugely popular series created by award-winning illustrator, David Roberts. With each hilarious story approximately thirty pages long and split into chapters with illustrations on nearly every spread, DIRTY BERTIE is ideal for confident readers to enjoy by themselves, or for sharing with your child.

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