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Colin McNaughton - Author

About the Author

Colin McNaughton - as a child

Colin was born in Wallsend-upon-Tyne in Northumberland in 1951. As a child, Colin had little indication that he would one day become an author-illustrator. There were no books at all in his parents’ home, he recalls, but there were always comics. These were his formative literature and their slapstick humour has been a lasting influence. “I’ve been talking about the comic format for years,” he says. “It’s the modern way of telling stories for today’s children; it’s about movement, the step between film and the book.”

As an adult

Colin trained as a graphic designer at the Central School of Art and Design and subsequently took an MA in Illustration at the Royal College of Art. He now lives in London with his wife, Francoise, and has two sons, Ben and Tim.

As an artist

Since the publication of his first title in 1976, Colin has produced over 70 books, many of which he has both written and illustrated. As well as storybooks Colin is renowned as a humorous poet and is now recognized as one of Britain’s leading illustrators and authors. The greatest influences on his work are the comics, comic annuals and Saturday morning cinema serials of his childhood.

 

Featured books by Colin McNaughton

Other books by Colin McNaughton

We're Off to Look for Aliens

We're Off to Look for Aliens

Author: Colin McNaughton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

Experience comic close encounters of the alien kind in this innovative picture book. Dad's new book has just arrived and his children are sitting down to read his latest adventure... Blasting off into space, Dad's on the hunt for aliens. He meets lots of them - cute, hairy, bug-eyed and scary - and, strangest of all, he falls in love. But what will his family think of his far-fetched tale? A hilarious and innovative picture book from award-winning author and illustrator Colin McNaughton.

Giant

Giant

Author: Colin McNaughton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2013

A new edition of this witty but thought-provoking picture book by bestselling author and illustrator Colin McNaughton. Deep in the rainforest, a huge giant meets a small boy and tells him an amazing story: a tale of friendly giants, terrible ogres, and the most dangerous creatures of all: the giant-killers.

Who's That Banging on the Ceiling?

Who's That Banging on the Ceiling?

Author: Colin McNaughton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2013

A hilarious Colin McNaughton picture book with a huge surprise at the end, perfect for reading aloud again and again. Welcome to the noisiest block of flats imaginable! What's that banging, splashing, crashing on the ceiling? It sounds like elephants on pogo sticks ... or a sea battle ... an alien invasion. But that would be silly. Wouldn't it? Colin McNaughton asks children to imagine what on earth is going on on different floors of a tower block. Move up the floors as you turn the pages - and get ready for a big surprise when you reach the top!

Not Last Night but the Night Before

Not Last Night but the Night Before

Author: Colin McNaughton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

Beautiful illustrations bring charm and a new twist to this classic children's rhyme. Not last night but the night before, lots of folk knocked at the boy's door. They knocked him down when he let them in - but was there a big surprise for him? Meet all of your favourite nursery characters in this fabulous romp of a book!

Oops!

Oops!

Author: Colin McNaughton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2008

Preston sets off to take a basket of food to his granny's, wearing a red coat and hood, and looking very much like Little Red Riding Hood. As ever, Mister Wolf is in hot pursuit, but he can't think which story Preston's red coat and hood reminds him of, and consequently can't remember what he is supposed to do...

The Aliens Are Coming!

The Aliens Are Coming!

Author: Colin McNaughton Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2008

Explore planet Earth and all its secrets in rhyme. This hilarious planet-shaped book will have children in stitches, particularly when they discover that Earth has a secret weapon! Renowned for his gleeful sense of humour and comic art, Colin McNaughton introduces, in rhyme, the weird and wonderful members of an alien fleet determined to conquer Earth.

Boo!

Boo!

Author: Colin McNaughton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2008

Preston Pig (aka the Masked Avenger) is on a mission to frighten as many people as possible, shouting 'Boo!' and then disappearing into the night. But his mission is thwarted by the greatest villain in the universe - his dad. Preston's dad decides he must teach Preston a lesson, but it might just backfire on him...

We're Off To Look For Aliens

We're Off To Look For Aliens

Author: Colin McNaughton Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2007

Dad's new book has just arrived and the children are sitting down to read his latest adventure...Blasting off into space, Dad's on the hunt for aliens. He meets lots of them - cute, hairy, bug-eyed and scary - and, strangest of all, he falls in love. Dad brings his alien girl back to Earth, where they have a family and live happily ever after. When Dad's book is finished, the family are amused...because it's an extra-terrestrial, extra-true story - all about them!

Captain Abdul's Pirate School

Captain Abdul's Pirate School

Author: Colin McNaughton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2005

A swashbuckling follow-up to the award-winning pirate romp Jolly Roger . This is the story (in diary form) of reluctant pirate pupil, Pickles. At Captain Abdul's awful academy she is taught such essential pirate topics as how to make cannon balls and the correct way to say, Ooh arrgh! Discovering a plot to kidnap the pupils and hold them to ransom, she leads a mutiny. Following this, she and her fellow pupils set sail in the Golden Behind and have a great life robbing other pirates. Pickles (revealed on the last page to be a girl called Maisy) is happy because she has plenty of time to paint!

Once Upon an Ordinary School Day

Once Upon an Ordinary School Day

Author: Colin McNaughton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2005

It was an ordinary morning when the ordinary boy woke up, and it was an ordinary journey to school - but then Mr Gee bounced into the classroom and everything changed. Mr Gee plays rousing music which thunders around the classroom, and asks what it makes them think of. The dull grey world has been transformed into one of colour and excitement. 'Write a story about it!' laughs Mr Gee. And the ordinary boy began to write: the words just tumbled out of him pell-mell. And the places he went to, and the things he saw were extraordinary!

Good News, Bad News

Good News, Bad News

Author: Colin McNaughton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2002

Good news! It's a beautiful day. Hooray! Bad news! It's a school day. Boo! Good news! You've got the day off. Hooray! Bad news! To go to the dentist. Boo! A boy's walk to the dentist becomes a hazardous adventure featuring a host of frightful characters. There is a surprise around every corner as he encounters such fearsome creatures as his worst teacher, aliens, a dinosaur, and a witch - each more terrifying than the last! But it's all right, his luck is in... or is it? Will our hero ever arrive at the dreaded dentist? Is it good news, or bad news?

Suddenly!

Suddenly!

Author: Colin McNaughton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2002

Preston Pig has the strangest feeling he is being followed! Preston is on his way home from school. Hungry Mister Wolf is lying in wait for Preston. But every time he thinks the little pig is within his reach! suddenly!!Preston outwits him.

Goal!

Goal!

Author: Colin McNaughton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2002

`Ooh-ah-Preston Pig! I said ooh-ah Preston Pig!' Preston is on the loose, with unequalled world-class football skills! Say `Ooh!' as Preston dribbles past Pele; `Ah!' as he sweeps past Shearer. Then go wild as four-goal Preston scores yet again! Poor Mister Wolf, lying in wait, is in for more than a few surprises!

Here Come the Aliens!

Here Come the Aliens!

Author: Colin McNaughton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/1997

Explore planet Earth and all its secrets in rhyme. They come from planets near and far - Some big, some small, some quite bizarre. Moving at the speed of light and looking for a fight, the aliens are back - but this time they're coming to Earth to conquer the human race! With his zany rhymes and sidesplitting illustrations, the creator of Captain Abdul knows how to keep kids in stitches - especially when they peer into a mirror board and discover that Earth has a surprising secret weapon.

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