Amy Sparkes - Author

About the Author

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.

Featured books by Amy Sparkes

Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo!

Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo!

5+ readers

Author: Amy Sparkes Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2013

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.

Other books by Amy Sparkes

Pirate Blunderbeard: Worst. Vacation. Ever.

Pirate Blunderbeard: Worst. Vacation. Ever.

Author: Amy Sparkes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/03/2019

Can the worst pirate ever find his way home from the Island of No Return? My stupid brother has tricked me into the worst holiday ever... on the Island of No Return. I'm stuck here with just a chicken for company unless I can find some treasure - then Blackbeard says he will come and get me (nice of him). All I have to do is follow a treasure map through a jungle full of pirate-eating creatures (no problem), into the deepest, darkest probably-haunted cave (not at all scary, not at all scary, not at all scary) and track down the hidden gold that is so well hidden everyone gets lost trying to find it (perfect). My life is ruined. Signed Pirate Blunderbeard. Pirate Blunderbeard might be on the worst holiday ever but it's also the funniest - laugh-out-loud fun for readers of 7+

Pirate Blunderbeard: Worst. Pirate. Ever.

Pirate Blunderbeard: Worst. Pirate. Ever.

Author: Amy Sparkes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/03/2019

Can the worst pirate ever win the Pirate of the Year Award...? Mum is making me take part in the stupid Pirate of the Year Award. All I have to do is fight an enormous sea monster, (doom), beat my oh-so-brilliant brother at something (please please please) and find the legendary treasure that no one has ever found EVER in the history of EVER (easy peasy, then). Wish me luck! Pirate Blunderbeard. Blunderbeard might be the worst pirate ever but he's also the funniest - laugh-out-loud fun for young readers of 7+

Reading Planet - The Pirate Quest - Red B: Galaxy

Reading Planet - The Pirate Quest - Red B: Galaxy

Author: Amy Sparkes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2018

Galaxy reading books are a wonderful collection of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays to capture the interest of every child, helping to develop a life-long love of reading. A little girl is off on a pirate adventure. She travels across the sea and lands on an island. What will she find in the cave at the end of her pirate quest?

Pirate Blunderbeard: Worst. Movie. Ever.

Pirate Blunderbeard: Worst. Movie. Ever.

Author: Amy Sparkes Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2018

Set sail with the funniest pirate on the seven seas in this hilarious adventure for readers of 7+ with brilliant pictures throughout from ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS illustrator Ben Cort. When super-famous actor Jolly Roger comes to make a movie on Crossbones Island, Pirate Blunderbeard is determined to get the main part. He just has to convince Jolly that his pet chicken, Boris, is a parrot (oh dear), act alongside an evil Giant DeathClaw Lobster (eek!), and beat his crafty brother Blackbeard to the lead role . . . What could possibly go wrong? Pirate Blunderbeard might be in the worst movie ever, but it's also the funniest. Laugh-out-loud fun for readers of 7+.

Pirate Blunderbeard: Worst. Mission. Ever.

Pirate Blunderbeard: Worst. Mission. Ever.

Author: Amy Sparkes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/12/2017

Set sail with the funniest pirate on the seven seas in this hilarious adventure for readers of 7+ with brilliant pictures throughout from ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS illustrator Ben Cort. Pirate Blunderbeard is on a voyage with his cousin Redruth and Grandpa Greybeard. Blunderbeard hopes it will be like a holiday cruise, ice-cream, deck chairs and maybe a bit of swimming. But Grandpa Greybeard is on a mission. He wants to get his favourite ship back from the Scariest Pirate on the high seas he wants Blunderbeard to help. What could possibly go wrong? Pirate Blunderbeard on might be on the worst mission ever but it's also the funniest - laugh-out-loud fun for readers of 7+

Pirate Blunderbeard: Worst. Holiday. Ever.

Pirate Blunderbeard: Worst. Holiday. Ever.

Author: Amy Sparkes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/07/2017

Can the worst pirate ever find his way home from the Island of No Return? Set sail with the funniest pirate on the seven seas in this hilarious adventure for readers of 7+ with brilliant pictures throughout from ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS illustrator Ben Cort. My stupid brother has tricked me into the worst holiday ever... on the Island of No Return. I'm stuck here with just a chicken for company unless I can find some treasure - then Blackbeard says he will come and get me (nice of him). All I have to do is follow a treasure map through a jungle full of pirate-eating creatures (no problem), into the deepest, darkest probably-haunted cave (not at all scary, not at all scary, not at all scary) and track down the hidden gold that is so well hidden everyone gets lost trying to find it (perfect). My life is ruined. Signed Pirate Blunderbeard. Pirate Blunderbeard might be on the worst holiday ever but it's also the funniest - laugh-out-loud fun for readers of 7+

Ellie's Magic Wellies

Ellie's Magic Wellies

Author: Amy Sparkes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2017

A fantastic rhyming picture book story from Roald Dahl Prize award-winning Amy Sparkes and the illustrator behind the hugely successful Goodnight series for children, including Goodnight Tractor and Goodnight Spaceman. Ellie Pengelly is fed up and bored, until she gets a pair of MAGICAL new wellies! When Ellie goes out to explore in her new wellies she jumps into a puddle but . . . something jumps out! When the strange Flibberty-Gibberty starts juggling with jam, guzzling and gobbling food and squeezling toothpaste he makes quite a mess! Will Ellie manage to clean up all the mess before mum gets home? Action-packed storytelling is perfectly paired with Nick East's high-energy illustrations in this fantastic picture book that fizzes and whizzes with fun! Children will love the Flibberty-Gibberty - a wonderful character who is similar to Dr Seuss's Cat in the Hat and the Psammead from Five Children and It - and the rollicking, rhyming text is perfect for reading aloud and ideal for children 3 years of age and up. Amy Sparkes is a talented storyteller and is the author of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize nominated Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo. She lives in Devon with her husband and five young children. Amy enjoys having adventures and writing stories about other people having adventures. She is a passionate supporter of baby charities and 5% of author royalties from Ellie's Magic Wellies is being donated to baby charity ICP Support. Nick East has worked as a museum designer for many years but his love of children's books has always been a huge part of his life. He illustrated The New Royal Baby, The Mouse Who Sailed the Seas, and Do Not Wash This Bear for Egmont, and has also worked with publishers including Little Tiger Press, Puffin, Penguin and QED. He loves using his drawings to communicate his ideas and passions and has always used them to tell stories. He lives near York with his wife and children.

Reading Planet - Wacky Weather - Yellow: Galaxy

Reading Planet - Wacky Weather - Yellow: Galaxy

Author: Amy Sparkes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2016

Galaxy reading books are a wonderful collection of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays to capture the interest of every child, helping to develop a life-long love of reading. On Monday I saw twenty chimps, skipping in the rain! They danced with some umbrellas, then they did it all again! In this humorous rhyme, a little girl looks out of her bedroom each day as the weather changes. In her imagination she 'sees' lots of funny and unusual animals playing in the garden. Reading age 5-6 years

Reading Planet - Get Back, Jack! - Red A: Galaxy

Reading Planet - Get Back, Jack! - Red A: Galaxy

Author: Amy Sparkes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2016

Galaxy reading books are a wonderful collection of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays to capture the interest of every child, helping to develop a life-long love of reading. Jack is a very mischievous cat. In this humorous rhyming story, he gets stuck in a hat and then stuck up a tree too! Will the family be able to get Jack back down? And if they do, will Jack be able to stay out of mischief for more than five minutes? Reading age: 4-5 years

Reading Planet - When Tim Lost Ted - Red B: Galaxy

Reading Planet - When Tim Lost Ted - Red B: Galaxy

Author: Amy Sparkes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2016

Galaxy reading books are a wonderful collection of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays to capture the interest of every child, helping to develop a life-long love of reading. Tim can't find his favourite teddy bear, and needs him in time for bed! Tim searches high and low in his bedroom, but the teddy is nowhere to be found ... But what is that lump under the covers at the end of the bed? Could that be Ted? Reading age: 4-5 years

Robo-Snot

Robo-Snot

Author: Amy Sparkes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

A laugh-out-loud snot-tastic new picture book from the author of ALIEN'S CRAZY CHRISTMAS. Little Robot has an itchy nose. AAAACHOOOO! Out shoots some sticky, stretchy, gooey green stuff, the like of which has never been seen by robot-kind before. Soon Little Robot's snot makes him famous. He doesn't want to share it with anyone, but, just as he realises there is such a thing as too much snot, all of the other robots start sneezing too!

Once Upon a Wish

Once Upon a Wish

Author: Amy Sparkes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2016

What would you do if your wishes came true? Meet the wishgiver boy - with lotions and potions and secret ingredients, he glides through the night making wishes come true. He can conjure up dragons, magical midnight feasts and even make you fly. But will he ever find the magic to grant his own wishes? This is a tale of hard work rewarded and the special power of the words `thank you'.

Alien's Crazy Christmas

Alien's Crazy Christmas

Author: Amy Sparkes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2015

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.

The Goodnight Star

The Goodnight Star

Author: Amy Sparkes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/08/2015

Megan is afraid of the dark, and sometimes she just can't get to sleep. But one special night, a star falls from the sky and shows Megan how magical the nightime can be. But what will happen when Megan's star needs to go back home?

Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo!

Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo!

5+ readers

Author: Amy Sparkes Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2013

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.

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