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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

Gigantosaurus: Try Again, TINY

Gigantosaurus: Try Again, TINY

Author: Jonny Duddle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Tiny isn't like the other dinosaurs in her triceratops herd - she loves drawing, singing and making friends with everyone she meets. Her big brother tells her that she needs to be more serious, but with the help of her friends, she sets out to show him that having fun can sometimes get you through some of life's stickiest situations! This fun story is a delightful introduction to Gigantosaurus' popular triceratops, and is the perfect picture book for bubbly young readers who can identify with Tiny. Plus, spot Tiny's purple flower hidden on every page.

Monstrous Book Of Monsters

Monstrous Book Of Monsters

Author: Jonny Duddle Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Do you dare delve into the freakishly funny Monstrous Book of Monsters where nothing is as it seems? Dr Thomas Jelly has packed his notebook with nauseating novelties and foul facts to teach readers how to avoid monsters, to spot them in the news or on the street and give us all a peek inside their dangerous (and smelly) world. At the end, readers learn that Dr Jelly has fallen foul of the infamous book monster - the readers themselves will be lucky to escape the same fate.

Gigantosaurus: Rock Out, ROCKY

Gigantosaurus: Rock Out, ROCKY

Author: Jonny Duddle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Rocky is the FASTEST, STRONGEST, SMARTEST and most HEROIC parasaurolophus in the whole Cretaceous world...or so he thinks! After a series of daring expeditions go a little bit wrong, he learns that he doesn't always have to be the best at everything, and there's a lot he can learn by accepting a little help from his friends. This fun story is a delightful introduction to Gigantosaurus' popular parasaurolophus, and is the perfect picture book for energetic young readers who can identify with Rocky. Plus, spot Rocky's Giganto cards hidden on every page.

Gigantosaurus: The Best Day Ever

Gigantosaurus: The Best Day Ever

Author: Jonny Duddle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

The fifth picture book based on the TV animation of Jonny Duddle's Gigantosaurus. The little dinos are feeling gloomy - it's the shortest day of the year! Tiny promises to cheer everyone up with a big holiday part. But when everything starts to go wrong, she might need a little help from her friends... Watch the episode and read the story, as these delightful dinosaurs play in the snow and try not to disturb the massive Gigantosaurus.

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.

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