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Amanda Li - Author

About the Author

Amanda Li specialises in creating non-fiction, humour and activity titles for children and teenagers. Since becoming a full-time writer, she has learnt how to run a marathon in space, how to communicate with aliens and how to survive alone on a desert island. She hopes to use one of these skills in the future.

Amanda has worked for clients from The Imperial War Museum to The Scouts Association and has had more than seventy books published. She also works as a ghost writer and as a creative consultant, devising ideas for children's brands and licences.
Before becoming a freelance writer, Amanda studied illustration and design, then worked as a commissioning editor in children's publishing for many years. She lives in south-west London with her husband and two daughters.

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Other books by Amanda Li

Welcome to Moominvalley: The Handbook

Welcome to Moominvalley: The Handbook

Author: Amanda Li, Amanda Li Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/03/2020

Anything can happen in Moominvalley, and it frequently does. This essential handbook for Moomin fans of all ages is packed with detailed facts and descriptions of the Moominvalley world and characters. Featuring stunning and decorative colour illustrations closely based on Tove Jansson's classic paintings and drawings, this handbook introduces the Moomin family and their eccentric and diverse band of friends. As well as a tour of the iconic round blue Moominhouse, and pictorial scenes of the beautiful valley where the house stands, the handbook explains what home really means, to a Moomin. Read Welcome to Moominvalley: The Handbook to learn about the Moomins' history; their personalities, their quirks and their passions. Comprehensive and authoritative, this guide also explains the values that have made the Moomins so well-loved: their kindness and tolerance, their love of adventure, and their fondness for having fun.

Adventures in Moominvalley

Adventures in Moominvalley

Author: Amanda Li Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2019

Join Moomintroll, his family and their friends in beautiful Moominvalley - where everyone is welcome. Surprising things happen every day in Moominvalley - luckily the Moomin family and their friends embrace the unexpected with their characteristic humour, kindness and charm. This lavish gift book contains nine exciting adventure stories - all closely based on the warm and whimsical Moomin world and characters created by the celebrated writer, artist and illustrator Tove Jansson. Presented in chronological order, each story is taken from an animation episode and set in the idyllic and peaceful valley where the round blue Moominhouse stands, and where everyone is welcome. The stories describe the adventures of nine-year-old Moomintroll, his parents, Moominmamma and Moominpappa and their eclectic and happy band of friends - Little My, Snufkin, Snorkmaiden, the hattifatteners and other famous characters from the classic stories. The stories in this collection will delight Moomin fans of all ages. In one story Moomintroll sails to the mysterious Hattifattener island and in another, he finds a tiny dragon. The Moomins temporarily move house, Snufkin composes a new spring tune and Moomintroll encounters the mysterious Groke.

Rise Up Ordinary Kids with Extraordinary Stories

Rise Up Ordinary Kids with Extraordinary Stories

Author: Amanda Li, Amy Blackwell Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/09/2019

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BLUE PETER BOOK AWARD 2020 ___________ An inspirational book telling the tales of 29 amazing children. Children who have triumphed, overcome and persevered. Children who would put most grown ups to shame! - Konnie Huq ___________ This book tells the stories of girls and boys from around the world and the challenges they have faced and overcome. It features over 29 tales of amazing young girls and boys who have achieved the unimaginable - from surviving a plane crash in the jungle to striking against climate change. There are tales of triumphing over illness and injury, and of overcoming bullying. Entries include Greta Thunberg, Boyan Slat and Phiona Mutesi, to name a few. Each incredible story is narrated in an exciting and engaging style, and is combined with visually stunning illustrations by Amy Blackwell. Children can lose themselves in the remarkable true-life tales of ingenuity, courage and commitment. Practical tips and skills accompany every entry, from how to deal with altitude sickness to how to be more green. They provide children with an exciting springboard and the confidence to apply the knowledge to their own life situations - now and in the future. A perfect gift for every fearless child you know, these empowering stories show that no matter who you are, how old you are, and what you do, you can rise to the challenge.

I'm Starting Nursery: A Princess Polly book

I'm Starting Nursery: A Princess Polly book

Author: Amanda Li Format: Board book Release Date: 01/01/2015

Princess Polly: I'm Starting Nursery is a new interactive story starring the famous Princess Polly, part of Ladybird's best-selling Pirate Pete and Princess Polly series. Starting nursery is an exciting and anxious time for children and parents alike and this reassuring sound book is a fun way to prepare little ones for their own first day at nursery school. The simple text and colourful illustrations help children to understand what happens at nursery and reassure and motivate them about staying at nursery themselves. It covers visiting the nursery to look around, all the different activities to do there, going to the loo, having lunch and making new friends. Pressing the cheer button on every page is also a fun way to involve your child in the story!

I'm Starting Nursery: A Pirate Pete Book

I'm Starting Nursery: A Pirate Pete Book

Author: Amanda Li Format: Board book Release Date: 05/12/2014

Pirate Pete: I'm Starting Nursery is a new interactive story starring the famous Pirate Pete, part of Ladybird's best-selling Pirate Pete and Princess Polly series. Starting nursery is an exciting and anxious time for children and parents alike and this reassuring sound book is a fun way to prepare little ones for their own first day at nursery school. The simple text and colourful illustrations help children to understand what happens at nursery and reassure and motivate them about staying at nursery themselves. It covers visiting the nursery to look around, all the different activities to do there, going to the loo, having lunch and making new friends. Pressing the cheer button on every page is also a fun way to involve your child in the story!

Christmas Cracker Jokes

Christmas Cracker Jokes

Author: Amanda Li Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2014

A cracking collection of hilarious jokes to keep you chuckling not just during Christmas and the festive period, but the whole year round What do you call a boy trying to get the creases out of his clothes at the North Pole? Brrrr-ian! What goes Ho Ho Swoosh, Ho Ho Swoosh? Father Christmas in a revolving door! Waiter, waiter, my turkey has gone off. Which way did it go?

Hot Dogs and Dinosnores A First Animal Joke Book

Hot Dogs and Dinosnores A First Animal Joke Book

Author: Amanda Li Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2014

Hot Dogs and Dinosnores is a hilarious, laugh-out-loud joke book stuffed full of funny animal jokes to get kids laughing, from Amanda Li, the author of Jellyphants and Wooly Jumpers. Children love telling jokes to their friends and family, and these jokes are easy to read and easy to remember. Perfect for beginner readers who delight in fun wordplay. What do you call a dog who likes bubble baths? A shampoodle. Why do cats make terrible storytellers? They only have one tail. Where did the kittens go for their school trip? To the mew-seum. What kind of gum do bees chew? Bumblegum.

I'm a New Big Brother: A Pirate Pete book

I'm a New Big Brother: A Pirate Pete book

Author: Amanda Li Format: Board book Release Date: 24/04/2013

Pirate Pete: I'm a New Big Brother is part of Ladybird's successful Pirate Pete and Princess Polly early learning toddler range - introducing children to key milestones in a fun and reassuring way. This interactive Ladybird sound book is the perfect big brother gift that describes what happens before Mummy and Daddy bring home the new baby, and the excitement and fun of having a new sibling. The simple text and colourful illustrations will help little ones understand what happens when a new baby joins the family and how lovely it is to be a big brother. Pressing the sound button each time to hear the baby giggle is also a great way to encourage young children to help out and play with the new baby, and reward their good behaviour. Other titles in the series include Pirate Pete's Potty, Princess Polly's Potty, and Pirate Pete and Princess Polly: Please and Thank You.

I'm a New Big Sister: A Princess Polly book

I'm a New Big Sister: A Princess Polly book

Author: Amanda Li Format: Board book Release Date: 24/04/2013

Princess Polly I'm a New Big Sister is part of Ladybird's successful Pirate Pete and Princess Polly range - introducing children to key milestones in a fun and reassuring way. This Ladybird sound book describes the excitement and fun of having a new sibling. The simple text and colourful illustrations will help little ones understand what happens when a new baby joins the family and how lovely it is to be an older sibling. Pressing the sound button each time to hear the baby giggle is also a great way to encourage young children to help out and play with the new baby, and reward their good behaviour. Other titles in the series include Pirate Pete's Potty, Princess Polly's Potty and Pirate Pete and Princess Polly Please and Thank You.

Please and Thank You: A Pirate Pete and Princess Polly book

Please and Thank You: A Pirate Pete and Princess Polly book

Author: Amanda Li Format: Board book Release Date: 02/01/2013

Pirate Pete and Princess Polly are two of Ladybird's best-loved characters, who have the same experiences as every young child. Now, these young friends are back in a brand new sound book to help show preschool children the benefits of having good manners and being polite and kind. Pirate Pete and Princess Polly: Please and Thank You is a sturdy board book that covers common situations at nursery and at home where children may need to say 'please', 'thank you' and 'excuse me'. It also shows key everyday manners such as chewing with your mouth closed, helping others and washing hands before eating. Children will enjoy cheering Pete and Polly's good behaviour on every page by pressing the exciting cheer sound button. This also acts as motivation for children to show off their own good manners. Saying please and thank you has never been so fun!

Dinosaurs Alive!

Dinosaurs Alive!

Author: Amanda Li Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2012

Dinosaurs Alive! A monster book that is over-flowing with facts and perfect for any dinosaur obsessed child. Enter a prehistoric world and discover weird and wonderful facts about soaring beasts, scary sea monsters and ferocious flesh-eaters! With giant fold-out pages full of dinosaur facts and dinosaur data, close-ups and explanations of how dinosaur history was uncovered, this fantastic book is jam-packed with information for young dinosaur fans.

Jellyphants and Woolly Jumpers My First Joke Book

Jellyphants and Woolly Jumpers My First Joke Book

Author: Amanda Li Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2006

Children love telling jokes to their friends and family, and these jokes are easy to read and easy to remember. Perfect for beginner readers who delight in fun wordplay. What's grey and wobbly? A jellyphant. What do you get if you cross a sheep with a kangaroo? A woolly jumper.

The Great Monster Joke Book

The Great Monster Joke Book

Author: Amanda Li Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2006

What sort of jokes do werewolves like best? Howlers! What's worse than being surrounded by huge great scary monsters? Being surrounded by AWFUL JOKES ABOUT MONSTERS! Think you can stomach hundreds of and ghastly gags? These monster gags will have you screaming for more! From gnarly knock knocks to gruesome groaners, you'll find everything to tickle your monster fancy.

My Big Girl Bed: A Princess Polly book

My Big Girl Bed: A Princess Polly book

Author: Amanda Li Format: Board book Release Date: 14/02/2005

My Big Girl Bed is part of Ladybird's best-selling Pirate Pete and Princess Polly sound book series for toddlers and young children, starring the ever-popular Princess Polly! Princess Polly: My Big Girl Bed describes the excitement of moving from a cot to a big bed and all the stages along the way, such as choosing bedding, getting rid of the cot and finally Princess Polly discovering what it's like to sleep all night in a big bed of her own. The simple text and colourful illustrations will help little ones understand more about sleeping in a big bed; even why it may at first seem a bit daunting, but how in the end moving to a big bed is an important stage of growing up. Pressing the cheer sound button on every page is also a fun way to motivate your child and involve them in the story!

My Big Boy Bed: A Pirate Pete book

My Big Boy Bed: A Pirate Pete book

Author: Amanda Li Format: Board book Release Date: 14/02/2005

My Big Boy Bed is part of Ladybird's best-selling Pirate Pete and Princess Polly sound book series for toddlers and young children, starring the ever-popular Pirate Pete! Pirate Pete: My Big Boy Bed describes the excitement of moving from a cot to a new big bed and all the stages that every child will go through along the way, such as choosing new bedding, getting rid of the cot and finally Pirate Pete discovering what it's like to sleep all night in a big bed of his own. The simple text and colourful illustrations will help little ones understand more about what moving from a cot into a big bed means; even why it may at first seem a bit daunting, but how in the end moving to a big bed is an important stage of growing up. Pressing the cheer sound button on every page is also a fun way to motivate your child and involve them in the story!

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