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Jonathan Meres - Author

About the Author

Jonathan Meres was born in Nottingham and spent many years sailing the seven seas as a merchant seaman. He gave it up to be a rock star but ended up being an ice cream van driver and comedian instead. As a comedian he won the Time Out award and in the '90s was nominated for the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival. As a writer he is best known for being the author of over 30 books for children and in particular his bestselling, award-winning series, The World Of Norm, with over 800,000 copies sold in UK. He has also been a World Book Day Author. Jonathan lives in Edinburgh with his wife and children.

 

 

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Koala Calamity

Koala Calamity

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/08/2019

The fifth animal in the hilarious AWESOME ANIMALS series - awesome adventures with the wildest wildlife. From the author of the hilarious WORLD OF NORM series comes the first of two crazy koala capers. You might think that koalas are boring, just because all they do is eat eucalyptus leaves and sleep. For 19 hours a day. But you'd be wrong. They're not boring. They're just LAZY. They're chilling, basically, kicking back and catching some rays in the treetops, and staying out of trouble. At least, that's what our cool koala buddies Dude and Bro, and little brother Squirt WERE doing, till one day they wake up to find they've missed their transfer from the koala sanctuary to the zoo across town, and will now have to find their own way there before Mum and Dad find out they're missing. Can they make it across town in their stolen zoo buggy or will the day end in one great big koala calamity?

Special Delivery

Special Delivery

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2019

All Frank wants is a new bike, but bikes cost money ... So he better start saving! When he settles on helping his sister, Lottie, with her paper round, the last thing Frank expects is to meet an old lady wearing a cowboy hat and boots - she's not like anyone he's ever met before. But Frank's new friend seems a bit muddled, and when she needs help, he's the only one there to lend a hand. A gentle exploration of Dementia and a touching tale of forging friendships across generations.

Mint Choc Chip at the Market Cafe

Mint Choc Chip at the Market Cafe

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Priya loves helping out at the stall her family have run for donkey's years. But one day she meets Stan. His dad sells everything from dog treats to fish tanks - just like the Sharma family! Priya is horrified, but Nana-ji is on hand to offer lessons on the balance sheet of life. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

The World of Norm: Must End Soon Book 12

The World of Norm: Must End Soon Book 12

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2017

The twelfth - AND FINAL - hilarious title in the award-winning, laugh-out-loud series, The World of Norm. Perfect for fans of Tom Gates and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Norm knew it was going to be one of those days when he woke up and found himself about to pee in his mum's wardrobe... No change there then. Well, except that last time it was his dad's wardrobe. Apart from that, though, it's the same old same old, over and over again. No one understands him. Everything's unfair. Blah, blah, flipping blah. You'd think Norm's thirteenth birthday might cheer him up, right? WRONG! But even the worst nightmares have to end sooner or later, don't they? FINGERS FLIPPING CROSSED!!! With brilliantly funny illustrations throughout from Donough O'Malley. Praise for Jonathan Meres: 'Hilarious stuff from one of my comic heroes!' - Harry Hill 'Jonathan Meres is flipping funny!' - Eddie Izzard

Diary of a Trainee Rock God

Diary of a Trainee Rock God

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2016

Darren is going to be the best rock guitarist ever - just as soon as he learns how to play the guitar...His dad says he can have an electric guitar for his birthday, but he has to solve his dad's puzzles first! Fantastic new edition of a popular title.

The World of Norm: May Be Recycled Book 11

The World of Norm: May Be Recycled Book 11

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

The eleventh hilarious title in the award-winning, laugh-out-loud series, The World of Norm. Perfect for fans of Tom Gates and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Norm knew it was going to be one of those days when he woke up and nothing happened ... Home alone and the fridge to himself? What could possibly go wrong? Well, apart from the snails. And having to hang his mum's pants out to dry. And the dreaded perfect cousins paying a visit. And worst of all, the entire family going vege-flipping-tarian! But apart from that, what could possibly go wrong? You'd think Norm would know better by now, wouldn't you? ABSO-FLIPPING-LUTELY! With brilliantly funny illustrations throughout from Donough O'Malley. Praise for Jonathan Meres: 'Hilarious stuff from one of my comic heroes!' - Harry Hill 'Jonathan Meres is flipping funny!' - Eddie Izzard

Fame Thing

Fame Thing

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

A MEGA famous footballer moves into the small village where 15 year old, football fantatic George lives. Can you believe everything that gets written in the papers? George gets to make her own mind up...Fantastic new edition of a popular title. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

Grandpa Was an Astronaut

Grandpa Was an Astronaut

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2016

Sherman loves the moon and he loves his grandpa even more - who has actually been to the moon! Grandpa was an astronaut and has a chunk of moon rock on his mantlepiece. Playing space games with Grandpa is one of Sherman's most favourite things ever so he's thrilled to hear that's exactly what a visit to Grandpa will involve. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

The World of Norm: Includes Delivery Book 10

The World of Norm: Includes Delivery Book 10

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

The tenth hilarious title in the award-winning, laugh-out-loud series, The World of Norm. Perfect for fans of Tom Gates and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Norm knew it was going to be one of those days when he lost his house... But even when he finds it, things don't get much better. What could be worse than imagining your parents at a salsa dancing event - with your best friend?! Norm's not sure what's got into Mikey, but he suspects hormones may be involved. Flipping typical! With brilliantly funny illustrations throughout from Donough O'Malley. Praise for Jonathan Meres: 'Hilarious stuff from one of my comic heroes!' - Harry Hill 'Jonathan Meres is flipping funny!' - Eddie Izzard

The World of Norm: May Still Be Charged Book 9

The World of Norm: May Still Be Charged Book 9

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2015

The ninth hilarious title in the award-winning, laugh-out-loud series, The World of Norm. Perfect for fans of Tom Gates and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Norm knew it was going to be one of those days when he was grounded before he'd even got up... But that's what happens when you run up a phone bill the size of a flipping bus. The trouble is Norm has no idea how it happened! All he knows is that he has to somehow pay it off if he's to go biking with Mikey. Even if that does mean going into business with the world's most annoying next door neighbour... With brilliantly funny illustrations throughout from Donough O'Malley. Praise for Jonathan Meres: 'Hilarious stuff from one of my comic heroes!' - Harry Hill 'Jonathan Meres is flipping funny!' - Eddie Izzard

The World of Norm: May Contain Buts Book 8

The World of Norm: May Contain Buts Book 8

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

The eighth hilarious title in the award-winning, laugh-out-loud series, The World of Norm. Perfect for fans of Tom Gates and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Norm knew it was going to be one of those days when he went to the toilet, just for something to do... But things can only get better, right? WRONG! If only Brian and Dave hadn't found Dad's million year old aftershave. If only Mikey wasn't feeling lower than a snake's backside. If only Chelsea would hurry up and move! It's all ifs and buts though. Or should that be whiffs and butts? Either way it's just so flipping unfair! With brilliantly funny illustrations throughout from Donough O'Malley. Praise for Jonathan Meres: 'Hilarious stuff from one of my comic heroes!' - Harry Hill 'Jonathan Meres is flipping funny!' - Eddie Izzard

The World of Norm: Must Be Washed Separately Book 7

The World of Norm: Must Be Washed Separately Book 7

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2014

The seventh hilarious title in the award-winning, laugh-out-loud series, The World of Norm. Perfect for fans of Tom Gates and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Norm knew it was going to be one of those days when he was woken by the sound of an elephant breaking wind in the next room... Not the best start to a day, but it's about to get a whole lot worse. As if a trip to see his perfect cousins isn't bad enough, they've only gone and got the brand new Call Of Mortal Battle! Not that Norm could play anyway what with being banned off Xbox due to a curious incident of a stinky dog at bath time. Business as usual? ABSO-FLIPPING-LUTELY!!! With brilliantly funny illustrations throughout from Donough O'Malley. Praise for Jonathan Meres: 'Hilarious stuff from one of my comic heroes!' - Harry Hill 'Jonathan Meres is flipping funny!' - Eddie Izzard

The World of Norm: May Need Filling In Hours of Activity Fun!

The World of Norm: May Need Filling In Hours of Activity Fun!

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2014

Hilarious, full-length activity book dedicated to the World of Norm! Packed with quizzes, games, doodles, fun facts and lots more. You'd be abso-flipping-lutely mad to miss out... With brilliantly funny illustrations from Donough O'Malley. Praise for Jonathan Meres: 'Hilarious stuff from one of my comic heroes!' - Harry Hill 'Jonathan Meres is flipping funny!' - Eddie Izzard

The World of Norm: May Need Rebooting Book 6

The World of Norm: May Need Rebooting Book 6

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

The sixth hilarious title in the award-winning, laugh-out-loud series, The World of Norm. Perfect for fans of Tom Gates and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Norm knew it was going to be one of those days when he woke up and found himself in 18th century France... If only he hadn't fallen asleep in History! And if only he'd done his punishment exercise! And if only he could go biking instead of playing stupid football! Except Norm can't go biking. Why not? BECAUSE HIS BIKE'S BEEN STOLEN, THAT'S WHY! Nightmare? It's worse than that... IT'S AN ABSO-FLIPPING-LUTE DISASTER! With brilliantly funny illustrations throughout from Donough O'Malley. Praise for Jonathan Meres: 'Hilarious stuff from one of my comic heroes!' - Harry Hill 'Jonathan Meres is flipping funny!' - Eddie Izzard

The World of Norm: May Be Contagious Book 5

The World of Norm: May Be Contagious Book 5

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2013

The fifth hilarious title in the award-winning, laugh-out-loud series, The World of Norm. Perfect for fans of Tom Gates and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Norm is back! And he knows that it's just going to be one of those days... Before long a dog-related injury prevents him from biking, and an old 'friend' threatens the one thing even more important to Norm than his bike. And we're not talking pizza! Upset plans and upset stomachs...Norm's out of luck. And it may be contagious! With brilliantly funny illustrations throughout from Donough O'Malley. Praise for Jonathan Meres: 'Hilarious stuff from one of my comic heroes!' - Harry Hill 'Jonathan Meres is flipping funny!' - Eddie Izzard

Koala Calamity - Surf's Up!

Koala Calamity - Surf's Up!

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2013

The fifth animal in the hilarious AWESOME ANIMALS series - awesome adventures with the wildest wildlife. From the author of the hilarious WORLD OF NORM series comes the second crazy koala caper. Dude, Bro and Squirt are pros at doing...nothing. They can do nothing all day long - nothing but munch on their favourite treat, lie in the sunshine and think about moving. Their little sister, baby Squeak, is not quite so good at doing nothing. In fact she's got more energy than her brothers know what to do with! She's so lively that when the boys lose track of her they soon discover she's no longer in the tree tops...she's heading for the beach! Can they find Lil before the dingos do? What if she's swept off to sea? Or is little Lil a bit more like her brothers than they thought? Find out in a brand new KOALA CALAMITY!

The World of Norm: May Require Batteries Book 4

The World of Norm: May Require Batteries Book 4

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2013

The fourth hilarious title in the award-winning, laugh-out-loud series, The World of Norm. Perfect for fans of Tom Gates and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Norm knew it was going to be one of those days when he got out of bed and trod in something he shouldn't have... What with overdue homework, overdue pocket money and a bag full of overdue newspapers, one thing's for sure: life for Norm isn't getting any less unfair. And did he mention the fact that he's the only kid on the planet without an iPad? ABSO-FLIPPING-LUTELY RIGHT HE DID! With brilliantly funny illustrations throughout from Donough O'Malley. Praise for Jonathan Meres: 'Hilarious stuff from one of my comic heroes!' - Harry Hill 'Jonathan Meres is flipping funny!' - Eddie Izzard

Koala Calamity - Surf's Up!

Koala Calamity - Surf's Up!

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2013

The fifth animal in the hilarious AWESOME ANIMALS series - awesome adventures with the wildest wildlife. From the author of the hilarious WORLD OF NORM series comes the second crazy koala caper. Dude, Bro and Squirt are pros at doing...nothing. They can do nothing all day long - nothing but munch on their favourite treat, lie in the sunshine and think about moving. Their little sister, baby Squeak, is not quite so good at doing nothing. In fact she's got more energy than her brothers know what to do with! She's so lively that when the boys lose track of her they soon discover she's no longer in the tree tops...she's heading for the beach! Can they find Lil before the dingos do? What if she's swept off to sea? Or is little Lil a bit more like her brothers than they thought? Find out in a brand new KOALA CALAMITY!

The Xmas Factor

The Xmas Factor

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/11/2012

A hilarious collection stuffed with jokes, funny poems, weird and wonderful Christmas facts*,crazy lists, Brussels sprouts**, doodles and other Christmas craziness. A perfect stocking filler to keep the whole family giggling. * Some facts may not be entirely true. ** Like this one. There are no Brussels sprouts included with this book. Sorry.

The World of Norm: May Produce Gas Book 3

The World of Norm: May Produce Gas Book 3

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2012

The third hilarious title in the award-winning, laugh-out-loud series, The World of Norm. Perfect for fans of Tom Gates and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Norm knew it was going to be one of those days when he got blamed for global warming. And that's just the tip of the iceberg... It seems like the whole world has gone mad. His dad's obsessed with gas, his best friend has come down with a case of hormones and his brother is in dire need of deodorant. Looks like there's going to be quite a stink. Is life still unfair for Norm? ABSO-FLIPPING-LUTELY! Jonathan Meres follows up May Contain Nuts and May Cause Irritation with another laugh-out-loud story about Norm, a boy who can't understand why everything always seems unfair... With brilliantly funny illustrations throughout from Donough O'Malley. Praise for Jonathan Meres: 'Hilarious stuff from one of my comic heroes!' - Harry Hill 'Jonathan Meres is flipping funny!' - Eddie Izzard

The World of Norm: May Cause Irritation Book 2

The World of Norm: May Cause Irritation Book 2

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2012

The second hilarious title in the award-winning, laugh-out-loud series, The World of Norm. Perfect for fans of Tom Gates and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Norm knew it was going to be one of those days when he woke up and found himself standing at a supermarket checkout, totally naked. It might be a dream, but Norm soon finds that things go from bad to worse - when his perfect cousins arrive for a walk. If there was one thing worse than spending time with his perfect cousins it was being forced to go on a flipping walk with them! What's the point in going for a walk - except to get from A to B?! Jonathan Meres follows up May Contain Nuts with another laugh-out-loud story about Norm, a boy who can't understand why everything always seems unfair... With brilliantly funny illustrations throughout from Donough O'Malley. Praise for Jonathan Meres: 'Hilarious stuff from one of my comic heroes!' - Harry Hill 'Jonathan Meres is flipping funny!' - Eddie Izzard

The World of Norm: May Contain Nuts Book 1

The World of Norm: May Contain Nuts Book 1

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

The first hilarious title in the award-winning, laugh-out-loud series, The World of Norm. Perfect for fans of Tom Gates and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Norm knew it was going to be one of those days when he woke up and found himself about to pee in his dad's wardrobe. Why on earth did Norm's family have to move, anyway? In their old house he'd never tried to pee in anything other than a toilet. And when Norm is in bed, he's kept awake by his dad snoring like a constipated rhinoceros! Will life ever get less unfair for Norm? With brilliantly funny illustrations throughout from Donough O'Malley. Praise for Jonathan Meres: 'Hilarious stuff from one of my comic heroes!' - Harry Hill 'Jonathan Meres is flipping funny!' - Eddie Izzard

Phenomenal! The Small Book of Big Words

Phenomenal! The Small Book of Big Words

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2011

DISCOMBOBULATED Pronounced ~ dis-com-bob-u-lated. Means ~ thrown into confusion. As in ~ the lion is discombobulated by the skateboarding wildebeest. And ~ my parents are discombobulated when I suddenly start speaking Swedish.* A bit like ~ befuddled, bamboozled. Don't confuse with ~ anything. If you like this word, try ~ nincompoop. * This won't make any sense if you are actually Swedish.

Diary of a Trainee Rock God

Diary of a Trainee Rock God

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2006

First-class, award-winning authors interweave a gripping narrative with stacks of fun facts. This work caters particularly for the tastes of reluctant readers who would rather read about topics they're interested in than fiction - especially suitable for boys. It features fun, top-quality illustrations on almost every page. It is tested by consultants at every stage of production. Darren is going to be the best rock guitarist ever...just as soon as he learns how to play the guitar. But if he wants an electric guitar for his birthday, he has to solve his dad's puzzles first!

Fame Thing

Fame Thing

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/04/2006

When George discovers who her new neighbour is - she gets the shock of her life. Dean Johnson - the most famous footballer in Britain! Is he as nice as he seems or should she believe what she reads in the papers? A fresh, infectious look at fame. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

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