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Jonny Duddle - Author

About the Author

One of the World Book Day 2015 Authors  Jonny spent his childhood in the wet and windy hills of North Wales, exploring forests, riding his bike for miles and miles, scrumping apples and building tree-houses. When he wasn’t outside he was drawing and busily creating worlds, sprawled across his bedroom floor, with paper everywhere.

When he realised he had to grow up and get a job, he went to college to study illustration and then got himself a proper job on a pirate ship. He spent a year climbing up and down rigging before jumping ship in Dublin because the ship’s chef didn’t like his vegetarian ways. As a landlubber, he enjoyed stints as an encyclopaedia salesman, a children’s entertainer in Majorca, a gallery warden, and an art teacher in Kang, a small village in the middle of the Kalahari Desert.

Jonny eventually ended up designing characters for computer games. Whilst working as a freelance games artist, he wrote a picture book about a sea monster called ‘The Pirate Cruncher’ and did all the pictures too, which was published by Templar in 2009. Then he helped design the characters for Aardman’s stop-motion movie ‘The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!’.

A second picture book ‘The Pirates Next Door’ followed (which won the 2012 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize), and then Jonny went a bit sci-fi with ‘The King of Space’ picture book. In an attempt to work his way through all the things he liked drawing as a nipper, his latest book is all about dinosaurs and is called ‘Gigantosaurus!’.

Nowadays, Jonny has returned to the wet and windy hills of North Wales. He spends most of his time drawing and busily creating worlds, sprawled across his studio floor, with paper everywhere. When he’s not drawing, he likes exploring forests, riding his bike for miles and miles, scrumping apples, fixing old cars and building garden sheds.

Featured books by Jonny Duddle

Other books by Jonny Duddle

The Jolley-Rogers and the Pirate Piper

The Jolley-Rogers and the Pirate Piper

Author: Jonny Duddle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2019

One morning the townspeople of Dull-on-Sea wake to find that their town is overrun with rats. Big rats, small rats, fierce rats, hungry rats - it is an infestation! Just when everyone is at their wit's end, a nautical stranger who plays the pipe turns up and offers to get rid of the rodent problem - for a fee. Once that rats have gone, the greedy mayor refuses to pay - so the Pirate Piper plays an enchanted tune and leads the children away. It's up to Matilda, Jim and Nugget to save their friends. The fourth title in Jonny Duddle's bestselling Jolley-Rogers fiction series.

The Pirates of Scurvy Sands

The Pirates of Scurvy Sands

Author: Jonny Duddle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

This summer, Matilda is going on holiday with her friends, the Jolley-Rogers. Their destination is the island of Scurvy Sands - a favourite holiday destination for pirates. When Matilda arrives, the swashbuckling residents are not too impressed with her. She has clean teeth, tidy clothes and doesn't smell like she's been at sea for six months without washing - they are certain she cannot be trusted. But when Matilda discovers the secret of the legendary treasure of Scurvy Sands, the pirates decide that maybe some lubbers aren't so bad. A scurvy sequel to the bestselling The Pirates Next Door.

The Pirates of Scurvy Sands

The Pirates of Scurvy Sands

Author: Jonny Duddle Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/02/2018

This summer, Matilda is going on holiday with her friends, the Jolley-Rogers. Their destination is the island of Scurvy Sands - a favourite holiday destination for pirates. When Matilda arrives, the swashbuckling residents are not too impressed with her. She has clean teeth, tidy clothes and doesn't smell like she's been at sea for six months without washing - she's definitely no pirate. But when Matilda discovers the secret of the legendary treasure of Scurvy Sands, the pirates decide that maybe some lubbers aren't so bad. A scurvy sequel to the bestselling The Pirates Next Door.

Jonny Duddle's Pirates Colouring & Activity Book

Jonny Duddle's Pirates Colouring & Activity Book

Author: Jonny Duddle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2017

Packed full of pirate activities and colouring in, ranging from spot the difference to crosswords, with everyone's favourite characters including Captain Purplebeard, Jack, Mathilda and many more. Over 300 stickers to be used in the book, on your lunchbox, wherever you like. Cover flaps have Jonny Duddle's pirate characters that can be popped out, as well as a pull-out scene at the back of the book, allowing for another level of pirate fun. Word count - 1,200.

Gurmorosaurus

Gurmorosaurus

Author: Jonny Duddle Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/11/2016

The Pirate Cruncher

The Pirate Cruncher

Author: Jonny Duddle Format: Board book Release Date: 08/09/2016

An old fiddler tells a pirate crew of an island bursting with hidden treasure. But once the motley men have set sail for the mysterious island, he also tells them it is guarded by the terrible Pirate-Cruncher! Eventually their greed overcomes their fear - when they arrive on the island, a hilarious fold-down flap reveals that the island itself is the Pirate-Cruncher, who promptly swallows the whole crew! Now available in sturby board book format.

The Pirates Next Door

The Pirates Next Door

Author: Jonny Duddle Format: Board book Release Date: 08/09/2016

Captain Duddle is the undisputed king of pirate picture books and the Jolley Rogers are unleashing merry mayhem on the poor, unsuspecting residents of sleepy seaside town Dull-on-Sea. With belly laughs throughout and lots of funny details to spot on each page, it's an absolute tricorn (that's a pirate hat, don't you know?) triumph. Now available in study board book format.

The Jolley-Rogers and the Monster's Gold

The Jolley-Rogers and the Monster's Gold

Author: Jonny Duddle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2015

When Matilda discovers a treasure map inside an old bottle, she shows it to the Jolley-Rogers and they all set sail to find the mysterious island. Only to end up in the belly of the dastardly Pirate Cruncher! Can Matilda and the rest of the Jolly-Rogers rescue themselves before it is too late? Or will they end up trapped there forever? Expect adventure, laughs and perhaps an almighty sneeze..

Gigantosaurus Book and Plush

Gigantosaurus Book and Plush

Author: Jonny Duddle Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/10/2015

All young dinosaurs are warned about the scary Gigantosaurus. So Bonehead volunteers to be the dino-kids lookout whenever they go into the jungle to play. Unfortunately, he is the original boy-dinosaur who cried wolf, or in this case, GIGANTOSAURUS! Finally, Bonehead's friends refuse to believe his warnings and the Gigantosaurus really turns up! Enjoy this hilarious dinosaur adventure with your very own cuddly Bonehead.

A Pirate's Guide to Landlubbing

A Pirate's Guide to Landlubbing

Author: Jonny Duddle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2015

Are you a swashbuckling sea dog curious about the ways of the land? Join Jim Ladd and the notorious Jolley-Rogers family as they navigate the weird world of landlubbers. Did you know that landlubbers wear shoes at all times because they never climb rigging? That they don't sleep in hammocks and that the ships they live in don't move? Are you stepping ashore for a holiday? Or just looking to keep a low profile while you find a place to bury your treasure? This is the ultimate pirate's survival guide to life on land.

King of Space Activity Book

King of Space Activity Book

Author: Jonny Duddle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2014

Gigantosaurus

Gigantosaurus

Author: Jonny Duddle Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2014

All young dinosaurs are warned about the scary Gigantosaurus. So Bonehead volunteers to be the dino-kids lookout whenever they go into the jungle to play. Unfortunately, he is the original boy-dinosaur who cried wolf, or in this case, GIGANTOSAURUS! Finally, Bonehead's friends refuse to believe his warnings and the Gigantosaurus really turns up! In a vertical gatefold surprise, it looks like Bonehead has got crunched - but in a hilarious reveal we discover this annoying little dinosaur is safe after all.

The Pirates Next Door - Sound Book

The Pirates Next Door - Sound Book

Author: Jonny Duddle Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2013

Join pirate family the Jolley-Rogers as they move to Dull-on-Sea and get neighbourhood tongues wagging in Jonny Duddle's award-winning tale. Sound buttons and page-prompts mean even the youngest readers can make a pirate cheer or help Nugget (the youngest member of the family) fire her cannon!

Jonny Duddle's Pirates Activity Book

Jonny Duddle's Pirates Activity Book

Author: Jonny Duddle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2013

Bursting with crosswords, spot-the-difference, mazes and much, much more, this pirate-packed activity book also contains over 80 stickers to play with in the book, or to use to decorate things. With characters from Jonny Duddle's massively popular pirate picture books, The Pirate-Cruncher and The Pirates Next Door (the no. 1 bestseller that won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize), this is sure to be a hit too.

Jonny Duddle's Pirates Colouring Book

Jonny Duddle's Pirates Colouring Book

Author: Jonny Duddle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2013

Bursting with pirates, ships and monsters to colour in, plus over 40 stickers and some special scenes - either add stickers to recreate a favourite scene from the books or make up something wacky and new! Features characters from Jonny Duddle's massively popular pirate picture books, The Pirate-Cruncher and The Pirates Next Door, this is sure to be a hit with landlubbers and pirates too.

The King of Space

The King of Space

Author: Jonny Duddle Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2013

Rex looks like an average 6 year old, living on his parents' moog farm and going to mini galactic citizen school, but he's going to be King of Space! With the help of unsuspecting friends, Rex creates an army of warbots with dung-blasters and begins his conquest of the known worlds. But when he goes too far, only one person can save him from the wrath of the Galactic Alliance - his tough-talking mum!

The Pirates Next Door Book & CD

The Pirates Next Door Book & CD

Author: Jonny Duddle Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/09/2012

Read along with author Jonny Duddle in this audio CD edition. The Jolley-Rogers family are moving to Dull-on-Sea, a quiet seaside town. Stopping to fix their ship, this pirate family get the whole town gossiping. Ignoring the grown-ups' disapproval, Matilda from next door becomes friends with the youngest pirate son. When the Jolley-Rogers leave, the town finds they were wrong to assume the worst - the pirate clan have buried treasure in everyone's gardens (revealed in a stunning double-gatefold). Matilda feels sad until she discovers her own treasure - a very special pen friend.

The Pirates Next Door

The Pirates Next Door

Author: Jonny Duddle Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2011

Meet the Jolley-Rogers - a pirate family who're moving to Dull-on-Sea, a quiet seaside town. Stopping to fix up their ship, this unusual family get the whole neighbourhood spreading rumours. Defying the grown-ups, Matilda from next door decides to become friends with the youngest pirate son. When the Jolley-Rogers leave, the town discovers they were wrong to assume the worst - the pirate clan have buried treasure in everyone's gardens (shown in a stunning double-gatefold). Matilda feels sad until she discovers her own treasure - an incredibly exciting new pen friend.

The Pirate Cruncher

The Pirate Cruncher

Author: Jonny Duddle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2011

An old pirate tells a tavern full of salty sea dogs about an island bursting with hidden treasure. Once they've set sail for the mysterious island, he tells them it is guarded by the terrible Pirate-Cruncher. Eventually their greed overcomes their fear and, when they arrive on the island a hilarious fold-down flap shows that the island itself is the Pirate-Cruncher, who promptly swallows the whole motley crew! Jonny Duddle worked as a concept artist on the Pirates of the Carribbean computer game,which inspired him to create The Pirate Cruncher for Templar. Now available in paperback with an Audio CD A highly successful computer games illustrator, Jonny's work is visually appealing. Hilarious surprise ending with fold-down flap to reveal the monster

The Pirate Cruncher

The Pirate Cruncher

Author: Jonny Duddle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2010

An old pirate tells a tavern full of salty sea dogs about an island bursting with hidden treasure. Once they've set sail for the mysterious island, he tells them it is guarded by the terrible Pirate-Cruncher. Eventually their greed overcomes their fear and, when they arrive on the island a hilarious fold-down flap shows that the island itself is the Pirate-Cruncher, who promptly swallows the whole motley crew! Jonny Duddle worked as a concept artist on the Pirates of the Carribbean computer game,which inspired him to create The Pirate Cruncher for Templar.

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