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Jim Smith - Author

About the Author

One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors  After graduating with a first class degree in advertising, graphic design and illustration in 1997, Jim Smith was spotted by the owner of a small coffee shop chain and brought in to fill the walls of their flagship store with his paintings.

It was a three month contract; fourteen years later, Jim is head of design at Puccino's Worldwide Ltd, now an international coffee shop franchise with stores in the UK, Europe and Egypt.

In the meantime he's illustrated kids' food packaging for M&S, drawn cartoons on the sides of PJ smoothies, created in-store graphics for Orange phone stores, designed book covers and branded a New York based Iced Tea company.

In 2010, Jim launched the hugely successful Waldo Pancake range of stationery and gift products, now sold in the UK, Australia, Singapore, Europe and the US.

'I am not a Loser' by Barry Loser, the first of a series of children’s books 'spellchecked' by Jim, was published in 2012, having already sold rights to nine countries.  The sequel, ‘I am Still Not a Loser’ was the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 and declared the funniest book for children aged seven to fourteen.


Featured books by Jim Smith

Barry Loser is the best at football NOT!

Barry Loser is the best at football NOT!

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Jim Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/05/2018

Everyone at Barry's school has gone football crazy, but Barry gets thrown out of the team (the Mogden Maniacs) for being completeerly rubbish. Then it turns out that his best friend Bunky is a super striker - so Barry becomes his manager. The cup final match is approaching and Bunky's getting carried away with his football fame - can Barry keep his head in the game? Join everyone's favourite Loser on his tenth hilarious adventure! Barry Loser: I am not a loser was selected as a Tom Fletcher Book Club 2017 title. Future Ratboy and the Invasion of the Nom Noms is shortlisted for the Lollies Award 2017.

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Other books by Jim Smith

Barry Loser and the Curse of Terry Claus

Barry Loser and the Curse of Terry Claus

Author: Jim Smith Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2014

Barry Loser and the Curse of Terry Claus is a hilarious Christmas ebook from the Roald Dahl Funny Prize award-winning Barry Loser series. Perfect for young fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Mr Gum and Tom Gates!When Barry discovers that his mum and dad have failed to get him a superhero Future Ratboy costume (the keelest superhero in the WORLD) he is com-per-lee-ter-ly unimpressed to say the least. In fact, Barry has had enough of Christmas - and he's not the only one. Terry Claus, Father Christmas's smelly and disgusting younger brother is out to ruin Christmas for everyone - and he's taking Barry with him!Don't miss the other books in the series: I am not a Loser, I am still not a Loser, I am so over being a Loser, I am sort of a Loser, Barry Loser and the Holiday of Doom and Barry Loser and the case of the crumpled cartonJim Smith is the keelest kids' book spellchecker in the whole wide world amen. He is also the bestselling and Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning author of the Barry Loser series and Future Ratboy which published in 2015. He graduated from art school with first class honours (the best you can get) and went on to create the branding for a sweet little chain of coffee shops. He also designs cards and gifts under the name Waldo Pancake. He lives in London.

Barry Loser and the Curse of Terry Claus

Barry Loser and the Curse of Terry Claus

Author: Jim Smith Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2014

Barry Loser and the Curse of Terry Claus is a hilarious Christmas ebook from the Roald Dahl Funny Prize award-winning Barry Loser series. Perfect for young fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Mr Gum and Tom Gates!When Barry discovers that his mum and dad have failed to get him a superhero Future Ratboy costume (the keelest superhero in the WORLD) he is com-per-lee-ter-ly unimpressed to say the least. In fact, Barry has had enough of Christmas - and he's not the only one. Terry Claus, Father Christmas's smelly and disgusting younger brother is out to ruin Christmas for everyone - and he's taking Barry with him!Don't miss the other books in the series: I am not a Loser, I am still not a Loser, I am so over being a Loser, I am sort of a Loser, Barry Loser and the Holiday of Doom and Barry Loser and the case of the crumpled cartonJim Smith is the keelest kids' book spellchecker in the whole wide world amen. He is also the bestselling and Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning author of the Barry Loser series and Future Ratboy which published in 2015. He graduated from art school with first class honours (the best you can get) and went on to create the branding for a sweet little chain of coffee shops. He also designs cards and gifts under the name Waldo Pancake. He lives in London.

My Mum is a Loser

My Mum is a Loser

Author: Jim Smith Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 03/09/2012

Look! Another keel short story by me, Barry Loser, the best book-writer in the whole wide world amen!This one is about my mum and her tea towel. And there's also a bit about a giant robot octopus.Praise for my other book, I am not a Loser, which is about 8 million times longer than this one: 'Brilliant' - My mum 'Amazing' - Also my mum

The Frog Band and the Onion Seller

The Frog Band and the Onion Seller

Author: Jim Smith Illustrator: Jim Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

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