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Andy Seed - Author

About the Author

Andy Seed is an author and poet. He writes memoirs, funny poems and humorous non-fiction books as well as all sorts of things for teachers. Two of his greatest passions are cheese and table tennis, which he feels sure could be combined somehow one day. Andy lives on the side of a hill in the woolly wilds of North Yorkshire where he grows comedy vegetables and the best weeds for miles around. He also loves visiting schools and getting children reading for enjoyment. Andy's most popular book for adults is All Teachers Great and Small and his most popular book for children is The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff, which won the 2015 Blue Peter Best Book with Facts Award.

Read a Q&A with Andy Seed:

Describe your book in about 15 words: 

A fun guide to being a nature detective and discovering animals from the clues they leave behind. 

How do you get the ideas for your books, especially The Clue is in the Poo? 

I spend a lot of time with kids and I know the types of things that interest them and also parents and teachers. I read a lot, do research at the library, travel around a lot and explore wild places (and get lost a lot). I also collect interesting snippets and facts and true stories that can be used to make good books. And then it’s a case of adding some funny bits, maybe a splash of silliness and making it enjoyable to read. With ‘The Clue is in the Poo’ I borrowed lots of big detailed books about animal tracks and signs from my local library and used them to learn things I didn’t know. Then I walked around the forest where I live and I looked at the kinds of things that children are most likely to come across and be interested in. Then I added facts about dangerous and very large, exotic creatures, to add a thrill element, and there was a book that was useful, enjoyable and interesting. 

What is your favourite children’s book? Both right now and when you were a child. Why? 

Right now, I think The Iron Man by Ted Hughes is just a great, simple, powerful story. When I was young it was Stig of the Dump – it took you into a magical, wild and adventurous world. My current fact-book fav is The Usborne Official Astronaut’s Handbook (Louie Stowell) – this combines brilliantly info, wit, stories, great illustrations and expert knowledge. Outstanding. 

Why are books important to you? 

Stories give you a chance to enter another world and learn about other people and happenings you’ll probably never encounter. But for a time you are there, in it, living it. Our minds when we read great stories paint far more vivid pictures than any digital screen ever will. 

Factual books I love too: true stories (biographies and memoirs) tell us about real amazing lives and events. Then who doesn’t love a wacky random fact or a clever explanation of the way that some small part of the world or nature works? And if a book can make me laugh too then that’s the best thing of all: we all need to giggle. 

And poetry is wonderful too: playing with words to bring alive wit and fun and power. 

Choose one thing that you would like your readers to take away after reading your book: 

That there are clues to wildlife activity everywhere – and even a pile of poo can tell you a lot! 

Did anything surprising happen during the writing of your book? 

Living on the edge of a forest I was able to go for walks and see loads of the clues I was writing about and now I notice a lot more than I used to. On one of these research rambles I came face to face with a very big and fierce-looking wild boar. Luckily it didn’t consider me worth mangling! 

Featured books by Andy Seed

The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff

The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff

7+ readers

Author: Andy Seed Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/2014

Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 - Best Book with Facts      This laugh-out-loud book is bursting with lists, facts, jokes and funny true stories all about silly people, silly animals, silly inventions, silly names and much more. Discover The Great Stink, the man who ate a bike, a girl really called Lorna Mower and a sofa that can do 101mph. Find out about famous pranks, crazy festivals, nutty cats, gross foods, epic sports fails, ludicrously silly words and really rubbish predictions. There are even lots of great silly things to do. Unmissable!

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Other books by Andy Seed

A Giant Dose of Gross Discover the World's Most Disgusting Animals!

A Giant Dose of Gross Discover the World's Most Disgusting Animals!

Author: Andy Seed Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Nature's most disgusting creatures take centre stage, in this humorous but enlightening collection of downright disgusting creatures. From puking vultures and farting goats to stinky opossums who pretend to be dead, this title will include disgusting facts exploring each animal's unusual skills and how they use them to survive. Humorous illustrations celebrating weird and wonderful creatures will delight any child with an interest in animals and nature, particularly those with a fondness for the grosser things in life.

The Clue is in the Poo And Other Things Too

The Clue is in the Poo And Other Things Too

Author: Andy Seed Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/09/2018

Wild creatures leave a trail of clues wherever they go. Be a fearless nature detective and discover the curious clues of the wild. A fascinating and funny guide to animals and their poo, and all the other tracks and traces they leave behind. You will be amazed (and perhaps a little revolted!) by the things that can be learned about wildlife from their deposits. Become a detective, find clues and learn all about animals from what they leave behind. From faeces to footprints, skins to shells and eggs, discover all there is to know about wild animals - even those that are particularly dangerous to track like tigers and wolves! Whether you're an armchair enthusiast or a forest forager, one thing's for sure: this fully illustrated compendium of poops, pellets and prints is not to be sniffed at!

On the Track Band 12/Copper

On the Track Band 12/Copper

Author: Andy Seed Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2017

Track cycling has been around since the 1870s, but it's never been so popular as today! Find out all about the specialist bikes, breathtaking races and top riders in this book. * Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index on pages 28 and 29 can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - Physical Education; History

National Trust: Ned the Nature Nut's Nutty Nature Facts and Jokes

National Trust: Ned the Nature Nut's Nutty Nature Facts and Jokes

Author: Andy Seed Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2016

This nutty, nature joke book is full of side-splittingly hilarious jokes and fascinating facts based on nature. Full of green-fingered giggles and wildlife witticisms, as well as incredible facts about nature, Ned the Nature Nut will turn you into a nature nut too!

Ed and the Shirtmakers

Ed and the Shirtmakers

Author: Andy Seed Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/01/2016

Chocolate Wars

Chocolate Wars

Author: Andy Seed Format: eBook Release Date: 30/01/2014

Ignite II is a series of books written specifically for struggling readers. A world without chocolate? What! Sweet toothed Chaz is devastated when he discovers cocoa plants are dying out worldwide. Chocolate stock is falling rapidly and people want their sugar highs! Luckily for Chaz, his friend has a stash of chocolate, which he mistakenly tells the whole school about! When the chocolate stash goes missing and the crowds are swarming for sweet treats, will Chaz and his friend be able to escape the chocoholics? Or will they face a sticky end?

Winter Olympics Band 10 White/Band 12 Copper

Winter Olympics Band 10 White/Band 12 Copper

Author: Andy Seed Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2014

The Winter Olympics is an exciting competition that sees the world's top athletes try to win medals on snow and ice. Find out more about the Winter Olympic Games. * Collins Big Cat Progress books are specifically designed for children at Key Stage 2 who have a Key Stage 1 reading level, giving them age-appropriate texts that they can read, building their confidence and fostering positive attitudes towards reading. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: P.E.

Problem Solving Year 3 Teacher Book

Problem Solving Year 3 Teacher Book

Author: Andy Seed Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/12/2011

How to Spot a Hadrosaur in a Bus Queue

How to Spot a Hadrosaur in a Bus Queue

Author: Andy Seed Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/10/2004

A fantastic humorous collection of lists, facts, words and meanings, presented in tantalising bite-sized chunks. All the content has been carefully selected, focusing on things people are really interested in, like music, sport, animals, TV, funny words, rude words, puzzles, cartoons, monsters and much more. It includes: how to say yes in 13 languages, 5 top causes of broken biscuits, Beckham's various haircuts, fake snot recipe, intriguing facts about bananas, skateboard tricks, 10 interesting words beginning with Y, lists of baddies, famous catchphrases, bizarre festivals around the world, sporting superstitions . . . and, of course, how to spot a hadrosaur in a bus queue. A must-have book for kids (and grown-ups) everywhere!

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