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David MacPhail - Author

About the Author

David MacPhail left home at eighteen to travel the world and have adventures. After working as a chicken wrangler, a ghost-tour guide and a waiter on a tropical island, he now has the sensible job of writing children’s books. He lives in Edinburgh.

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Velda the Awesomest Viking and the Voyage of Deadly Doom

Velda the Awesomest Viking and the Voyage of Deadly Doom

Author: David MacPhail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/03/2021

Oi, you snivelling pig-dogs! Are you ready for a Viking adventure? Velda is a small girl with a big axe. The only problem is, everyone thinks she can't be a proper Viking because she's just a little girl . PURLEASE! She sets sail with Freya, captain of the dragonship Valkyrie, and her notoriously ferocious crew for a life of awesome adventure (and very loud belching). But when the Valkyrie and her crew are captured by the Queen of the Saxons, Velda is the only one who can free her friends. The small and mighty Viking must travel to the mysterious Islands of Deadly Doom, but there's just one problem, er, well more than one, actually -- she doesn't have a ship, a crew, or a clue how to get there... Join Velda on her quest as she makes some unlikely new friends and takes on terrifying tasks, all while proving she's the awesomest Viking around.

Bug Club Shared Reading: The Colourbot (Reception)

Bug Club Shared Reading: The Colourbot (Reception)

Author: David MacPhail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2020

Mr Braithwaite is a painter and has built a robot to help him on all his decorating jobs - Colourbot. Equipped with every colour you can think of, Colourbot can paint exactly what Mr Braithwaite says. But as time goes on Colourbot starts to have other ideas... Highly engaging, illustrated picture book to be read out loud to children aged 4-5 Ideal for reading aloud at home with your child Helps expose your child to rich language and curriculum-linked vocabulary Includes key terms from Art and the topic area of colour Part of the Bug Club reading series used in over 3500 schools 'These books are a great start to addressing the wider curriculum and the vocabulary issues that schools are identifying.' - Assistant Head, Primary Academy The Bug Club Shared books are highly engaging, beautifully illustrated stories designed to be read out loud to children. The programme exposes children to rich, curriculum-linked vocabulary, helping to build an understanding across school subjects and cultivate a love for reading.

Thorfinn and the Putrid Potion

Thorfinn and the Putrid Potion

Author: David MacPhail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2020

Prepare yourself for the wrath of the Norsemen! That is, if you don't mind and it's not too inconvenient... Everyone knows Vikings are ruthless barbarians whose idea of a good time involves pillaging, plundering and feasting. But Thorfinn is no ordinary Viking! He is always polite and happily offers to wash the dirty dishes. Too bad his dad is Harald the Skull-Splitter, Village Chief and the roughest and toughest Viking of them all. When Chief Harald is poisoned by a putrid sleeping potion, Thorfinn suspects visiting soothsayer Ragwich. Banished for offending the power-hungry wise man, Thorfinn and his friends set sail to find the world's best potion maker to brew a cure. Unfortunately, the antidote requires a very rare ingredient. Can Thorfinn find the cure and wake Harald before Ragwich takes control of the village? Thorfinn and the Putrid Potion is the eighth adventure for Thorfinn the Nicest Viking in this funny, action-packed illustrated series for young readers which bridges the gap between Horrid Henry and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, set in a world where manners mean nothing and politeness is pointless!

Reading Planet - The Little Sister of the Three Giants - White: Galaxy

Reading Planet - The Little Sister of the Three Giants - White: Galaxy

Author: David MacPhail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2019

When Angelita is left in the jungle to fend for herself, she finds safety with three gentle giants. They live happily together until Angelita is poisoned by her jealous stepmother. Can the giants find a way to save Angelita? The Little Sister of the Three Giants is part of the Galaxy range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Galaxy provides captivating fiction and non-fiction for Pink A to White band. The rich collection of highly decodable books immerses children in a range of cross-curricular topics and genres. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 6-7 years

Thorfinn and the Dreadful Dragon

Thorfinn and the Dreadful Dragon

Author: David MacPhail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2019

Prepare yourself for the wrath of the Norsemen! That is, if you don't mind and it's not too inconvenient... Everyone knows Vikings are ruthless barbarians whose idea of a good time involves pillaging, plundering and feasting. But Thorfinn is no ordinary Viking! He is always polite and happily offers to wash the dirty dishes. Too bad his dad is Harald the Skull-Splitter, Village Chief and the roughest and toughest Viking of them all. Vikings far and wide are travelling to Scotland's Shetland Islands for the great Fire Festival where they'll compete to become the ultimate champion by creating dazzling fire displays. Chief Harald is determined to be victorious but it seems as if Thorfinn has ruined their chances against rival Viking Chief Magnus the Bone-Breaker, until he remembers a story about a once-legendary dragon, now in hiding... Can Thorfinn and his ragtag crew track down the dreadful dragon and persuade her to help them put on a winning performance? Thorfinn and the Dreadful Dragon is the seventh adventure for Thorfinn the Nicest Viking in this funny, action-packed illustrated series for young readers which bridges the gap between Horrid Henry and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, set in a world where manners mean nothing and politeness is pointless!

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops inFact: Oxford Level 20: Castaway

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops inFact: Oxford Level 20: Castaway

Author: David MacPhail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2018

In 1704 a Scottish sailor called Alexander Selkirk was marooned on a remote and uninhabited island in the South Pacific. He spent the next four and a half years there, completely alone, struggling to survive using little other than his wits. How did he come to be there, how did he manage to survive for so long, and what was life as a castaway like? Castaway is a story of survival and resourcefulness, packed with fascinating historical details and a good dose of adventure. TreeTops inFact is a non-fiction series that aims to engage children in reading for pleasure as powerfully as fiction does. The variety of topics means there are books to interest every child in this compelling series. The series is written by top children's authors and subject experts. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Top-Secret Grandad and Me: Death by Soup

Top-Secret Grandad and Me: Death by Soup

Author: David MacPhail Format: eBook Release Date: 16/08/2018

Since his dad literally did a vanishing act (he's a magician!), Jay Patel has turned detective, and now, with the help of his ghostly grandad, he's on a new case a murder in a fancy country hotel where the cause of death appears to be s

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