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Sam Watkins - Author

Featured books by Sam Watkins

Creature Teacher Goes Wild

Creature Teacher Goes Wild

7+ readers

Author: Sam Watkins Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2015

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Creature Teacher

Creature Teacher

7+ readers

Author: Sam Watkins Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2015

The sort of story that all young school kids will love - their new teacher is great fun and has some amazing abilities that are totally unlike any other teacher. The pupils think he's so great they want to keep him quiet from everyone else but that's not easy when the head mistress is on the war path. Full of fun, brilliant characters, wacky illustrations on every page and it's quite rude too.

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Other books by Sam Watkins

Hero Academy: Oxford Level 11, Lime Book Band: Operation Poach

Hero Academy: Oxford Level 11, Lime Book Band: Operation Poach

Author: Sam Watkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2018

Project X Hero Academy is a fully decodable and finely levelled reading series set in a school for superheroes, designed to captivate and motivate all young readers and turn them into reading superheroes. Operation Poach is in Lime Book Band, Oxford Level 11. In this story, Jin and Cam are sent to Mount Stormpeak to rescue Professor Poach (who is stranded due to a storm), but everything is not as it seems Each book can be used for independent reading, but also contains inside cover notes that include help on developing vocabulary and prompt questions that can be used for guided reading and one-to-one sessions. Full guided reading notes are provided in the corresponding handbook. There are also a range of follow-up activities to support reading for pleasure.

Hero Academy: Oxford Level 7, Turquoise Book Band: Cake Chaos

Hero Academy: Oxford Level 7, Turquoise Book Band: Cake Chaos

Author: Sam Watkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2018

Project X Hero Academy is a fully decodable and finely levelled reading series set in a school for superheroes, designed to captivate and motivate all young readers and turn them into reading superheroes. Cake Chaos is in Turquoise Book Band, Oxford Level 7, and supports Letters and Sounds Phase 6. In this story, it's the 62nd anniversary of Hero Academy, and there's a big party planned! When a giant package arrives, everyone can't wait to open it. Who sent it, and what could be inside? Each book can be used for independent reading, but also contains inside cover notes that include help on developing vocabulary and prompt questions that can be used for guided reading and one-to-one sessions. Full guided reading notes are provided in the corresponding handbook. There are also a range of follow-up activities to support reading for pleasure.

Darcy Dolphin and the Best Birthday Ever!

Darcy Dolphin and the Best Birthday Ever!

Author: Sam Watkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/01/2018

Clarice Bean meets Finding Dory in this laugh-out-loud diary set under the sea! Darcy Dolphin and friends are back for some more underwater adventures! In the third book of the series Darcy joins the Sea Trouts, whose motto is 'Lend a Fin'. But Darcy's attempts to be helpful don't exactly go swimmingly... and soon there's chaos at the pet exercise class, an extremely grumpy resident at the Retired Sharks home and a plankton on the run! Can Darcy sort it all out and still have time to throw Ozzie Octopus the best birthday party ever? The third in a brilliantly funny new illustrated fiction series for boys and girls aged 6 years +. Perfect for fans of The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig by Emer Stamp, Barry Loser, the Wigglesbottom Primary series by Pamela Butchart and the Daisy books. Sam Watkins has worked as a bookseller, editor and publisher, before becoming a children's books writer and illustrator. She is the author of the Creature Teacher series with OUP, as well as Nick Knight: Super Sub! and Puss in Football Boots, both published by Franklin Watts. Creature Teacher was shortlisted for the Heart of Hawick Children's Book Award in 2016. Sam lives in Worthing with her family and a yellow campervan named Daphne. Vicky Barker is an award-winning illustrator based in Liverpool. She illustrated Real-life Mysteries (bSmall), written by Susan Martinau, which won a Blue Peter Book Award in 2017, as well as the Fish Fingers children's series and The Catsup High Detective Agency for Catnip Books. Vicky loves doodling new characters and is partial to a bit of screen-printing in her spare time.

Darcy Dolphin is a Little Bit Magic!

Darcy Dolphin is a Little Bit Magic!

Author: Sam Watkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

Clarice Bean meets Finding Dory in this laugh-out-loud diary set under the sea! Join Darcy Dolphin and friends for some underwater adventures! In the second book of the series, Darcy makes a new friend. But there's something fishy about Coral Crab . . . Meanwhile on the reef, a pebble-collecting craze hits the school and Darcy needs a little bit of magic to help her win the talent show. The second in a brilliantly funny new illustrated fiction series for boys and girls aged age 6 years and above. Perfect for fans of The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig, Barry Loser, Wigglesbottom Primary by Pamela Butchart and the Daisy books. Sam Watkins has worked as a bookseller, editor and publisher, before becoming a children's books writer and illustrator. She is the author of the Creature Teacher series with OUP, as well as Nick Knight: Super Sub! and Puss in Football Boots, both published by Franklin Watts. Creature Teacher was shortlisted for the Heart of Hawick Children's Book Award in 2016. Sam lives in Worthing with her family and a yellow campervan named Daphne. Vicky Barker is an award-winning illustrator based in Liverpool. She illustrated Real-life Mysteries (bSmall), written by Susan Martinau, which won a Blue Peter Book Award in 2017, as well as the Fish Fingers children's series and The Catsup High Detective Agency for Catnip Books. Vicky loves doodling new characters and is partial to a bit of screen-printing in her spare time.

Froglets: Don't Get in a Mess!

Froglets: Don't Get in a Mess!

Author: Sam Watkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/04/2017

Don't Get in a Mess! is a funny story for all those fans of messy play who are beginning to read independently. It's raining, it's boring. So the children get the paints out. Dad tells them not to get in a mess, but... The Froglets series is perfect for children aged 5-7 who are reading on their own, with fun stories of no more than 200 words. A reading game at the end of each book encourages retelling the story and boosting vocabulary.

Hopscotch Twisty Tales: Puss in Football Boots

Hopscotch Twisty Tales: Puss in Football Boots

Author: Sam Watkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2016

When a young boy asks his gran for a football kit, he is surprised to receive a cat instead! But the Puss wants to help his young friend make his dream football team - all he asks for is a pair of football boots! Hopscotch Twisty Tales combine carefully controlled text levels and word counts with highly entertaining and original stories, perfect for 5-7 year old children starting to read independently.

Creature Teacher

Creature Teacher

Author: Sam Watkins Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2016

Creature Teacher: Out to Win

Creature Teacher: Out to Win

Author: Sam Watkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/06/2016

Something's out of control in the classroom! Jake and his friends are competing in front of a crowd of thousands at the local football stadium. Well, maybe not thousands, but lots of their mums and dads are there. So when their brilliant teacher, Mr Hyde, turns into a mischievous little creature, how on earth are they going to keep his secret? There's only so long that they can pretend he's the team mascot, and he's certainly not going to play by the rules! A book where all the pupils are supporting their teacher for once, Jake and his class form a compelling friendship group that readers will adore. Highly illustrated throughout with energetic artwork from David O'Connell, this hilarious story is a winner!

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