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Dawn McNiff - Author

About the Author

Dawn McNiff lives in Gloucestershire with her two teenage daughters, and her big, bad dog, Gooner. They all squash into a little cottage that needs a jolly good tidy-up – but Dawn would much rather write than hoover. In 2008, she completed an MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University, and loved every moment. In the past, she has worked as a Bereavement Counsellor and an Advertising Copywriter – but her best job ever was in a children's bookshop. She now writes her own stories, grows beans and works in a school.
 

Dawn says.....“I was inspired to write Mummy’s Little Monster by my daughters, Poppy and Lola. Sometimes if I went out when they were small, they would shriek and cling on to my legs like baby monkeys. Of course they always had a lovely time with the babysitter in the end - just like Tiny Troll.”

 

Featured books by Dawn McNiff

Mummy's Little Monster

Mummy's Little Monster

3+ readers

Author: Dawn McNiff Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/02/2013

Baby Troll doesn't want to be left with the babysitter - a familiar tale for Mum's wanting an occasional night out.  Of course, Baby Troll has a great time in the end. 

Other books by Dawn McNiff

Love from Alfie McPoonst, The Best Dog Ever

Love from Alfie McPoonst, The Best Dog Ever

Author: Dawn McNiff Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/01/2020

Dear Izzy, I'm a Sky Dog now. I live in Dog Heaven, because I died... When Alfie the dog dies, he sends his owner Izzy letters in the post from his new address: The Nicest Cloud, Dog Heaven, The Sky. He wants her to know that he misses her - so much! - but his new home in heaven is BRILLIANT. There are postmen to chase, angels to tickle his tummy, and he never even has to take a bath! Can his letters comfort Izzy, who is is feeling lost without him? Sensitively balancing humour and raw emotional truth, this is a beautifully observed tale sure to reassure children experiencing loss and grief for the very first time.

Hopscotch Twisty Tales: Chicken Tricken

Hopscotch Twisty Tales: Chicken Tricken

Author: Dawn McNiff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2016

Chicken Tricken loves to play tricks! He is very good at tricking Goosey Loosey and Ducky Lucky out of their food. But what happens when he comes across the hungry fox? Hopscotch Twisty Tales combine carefully controlled text levels and word counts with highly entertaining and original stories, perfect for children 5-7 year olds starting to read independently.

Hopscotch Twisty Tales: Chicken Tricken

Hopscotch Twisty Tales: Chicken Tricken

Author: Dawn McNiff Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/05/2016

Chicken Tricken loves to play tricks! He is very good at tricking Goosey Loosey and Ducky Lucky out of their food. But what happens when he comes across the hungry fox? Hopscotch Twisty Tales combine carefully controlled text levels and word counts with highly entertaining and original stories, perfect for children 5-7 year olds starting to read independently.

How Not to Be Weird

How Not to Be Weird

Author: Dawn McNiff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

Woody wants to get un-weird - and fast! And he'll find help in the most unlikely of places. Woody is forever worried about being different. He thinks himself weird and a bit of a wuss, and two bullies Della and Casey make sure he doesn't forget that. It doesn't help that his mum is slightly bonkers. She dresses up as a sheep for a living - mostly for her job as a children's entertainer. And not to mention the fact that she forces Woody to wear old granny jumpers that she finds down the local charity shop. Gooner the dog doesn't help either, always getting Woody in some awkward, smelly and rather messy situations! But Woody's got a plan to get unweird - and fast! Just in time for his first day at secondary school. He starts off with some rules . . . 'Don't listen to Mum about anything to do with your life, ever'. . .and. . .'don't wear old lady clothes'. And with the help of his way more normal, yet rather extravagant GlamMa and the discovery of his Dad's peculiar lucky charm, he soon finds a new sense of charm, un-weirdness and a heap load of shenanigans come his way!

Worry Magic

Worry Magic

Author: Dawn McNiff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2015

Hilarious, heartfelt, and with family at its core, this comforting story is for anyone who just can't help worrying! Courtney is a worrier - she's worried about EVERYTHING, from her mum and dad's constant fights, to her Gran being ill, to the fact that her best friend Lois suddenly seems to be more interested in growing up and hanging out with mean girl Bex than with her. But then one day, during a particularly bad argument kicked off by her dad's discovery of a pig in their lounge (don't ask...), Courtney begins to feel a bit funny... a bit woozy... a bit like a dream is coming on - and then when she wakes up everything is better! Mum and dad are being nice to each other, the pig is going back to the animal shelter (really, don't ask...) and even Kyle, her older brother, seems to be making an effort. Courtney becomes sure that each time she feels woozy and has her dreams, she's magicking her problems and worries away. Her mum, dad and brother aren't so sure though. Can Courtney convince everybody that her worry magic dreams are the perfect way to solve her problems? Or should she learn to worry a little less and to ask for help in some non-magical places more?

Little Celeste

Little Celeste

Author: Dawn McNiff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2014

A heart-warming tale about magic, responsibility, mothers and daughters Eleven-year-old Shelley only leaves her bedroom for two minutes, but when she gets back, there's a real, true-life, lavender-eyed baby on her bed. It's far too noisy, smelly and heavy to be a ghost baby - so whose is it? It can't be her mum's - Shelley would have noticed - but it's not like she's around for Shelley to ask, anyway. She's too busy trying to get her horrible ex-boyfriend Scott ('the Toadstool') back, who Shelley definitely does NOT like as much as her mum does. But someone's got to look after the baby, and give her a name. 'Celeste' sounds good (in fact, it sounds kind of magical) and so Shelley and little Celeste embark on some rather messy adventures, gain some new friends and realise that maybe some wishes can come true after all...

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