Amy Sparkes writes for children of all ages. Her picture books have been shortlisted for several book awards, including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 and the Booktrust Best Books Awards 2014. Amy was born in Eastbourne and enjoyed a wild imagination when she was a child (which included 13 imaginary friends). She is passionate about encouraging imagination in children and is often invited to visit schools. She regularly produces the 'Writing for Children' pages for the bestselling Writing Magazine and also runs writing workshops for aspiring chidren's authors.
Amy lives in Devon with her husband and five young children. When she's not off on an adventure with them, Amy enjoys drinking tea and climbing trees.
For laugh-out-loud adventures young readers can’t go wrong with the Pirate Blunderbeard books; each episode offers a barrelful of zany action, delivered at top speed. Young Blunderbeard is excited to learn that award-winning actor and director Jolly Roger is coming to Crossbones Island to film his new movie, and that he’s auditioning for actors too. Could this be the opportunity Blunderbeard and his chicken Boris have been waiting for? Of course, things start to go awry quicker than you can say “May the rotten-sea-cabbage-eating Stinker Shark never pass wind in your direction” with Boris causing chaos and Blunderbeard banished to The Rather Big Rock Where We Put Naughty People We Are Really Fed Up With. It all ends happily though with Boris and Blunderbeard in the spotlight. Great fun, and Ben Cort’s lively illustrations make this as satisfying to look at as it is to read.
In a Nutshell: Pirates | Mad Inventions | Humour | Cup-cakes With illustrations from none other than Ben Cort of Aliens Love Underpants fame and a story by Amy Sparkes that is as funny as the illustrations themselves, you are in for a treat. Pirate Blunderbeard is a rubbish pirate and friends and family are constantly telling him so. Even worse he's now being threatened with explusion from PARPS (the Pirates Against Rubbish Piracy Society) and being dumped on a desert island never to return. The only answer is to win the annual Pirate of the Year Award (POTY), yet however hard Barnacles Blunderbeard tries to be a good pirate even with his talent for inventing things, he fails to succeed in every pirate skill - canon ball firing, plank balancing and rope climbing to name just three. His best friend Daggers the parrot even deserts him and the villainous Pirate Pete gives him a chicken called Boris the Basher instead. No one has ever won POTY with a chicken but can Barnacles Blunderbeard with his new found friend become a good pirate after all and win the award? Fans of Pirates of the Caribbean will be in heaven here.
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 This is an exciting, imaginative and hilarious adventure that encourages little readers to have confidence and stand up for themselves, from the illustrator of Dogs Don't Do Ballet and Rhinos Don't Eat Pancakes.
This hilarious picture book is the perfect festive treat! After visiting earth one Christmas day, an alien decides to recreate the festivities on his home planet. Zobble takes notes and collects everything he will need. However, as the spaceship spins through the sky on his way home his notes get muddled up. Zobble tries to remember what goes with what but - of course - gets everything mixed up. Cue socks and pants stuffed with holly, a donkey in a fairy costume, and a bemused Santa in pursuit of his missing reindeer.
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