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Colin West - Author

About the Author

Colin published his first collections of nonsense verse in 1975, shortly after graduating from The Royal College of Art, and since then has written over 60 children's books. His talent for off-message, anarchic laughter has brought him many fans, including America's Children's Laureate, Kenn Nesbitt, who calls him a master of the art of humorous poetry for children. Colin lives in Battle, East Sussex. Visit his website at www.colinwest.com

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Bonkers Ballads

Bonkers Ballads

Author: Colin West Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/05/2018

Colin West's new collection, Bonkers Ballads, contains a host of funny poems and accompanying colour illustrations sure to tickle your ribs and make you chuckle. Amongst the crazy characters are a seasick mermaid, an out-of-tune minstrel and a natty knight whose only concern is keeping his armour extra bright. And there is a mischivous fairy who loves practical jokes, a king with toothache and a very, very clever pig. Also included are a crafty witch, a feisty female pirate and a poor peasant who fashions himself a pair of fantastic boots which bring him fame and fortune. There's even a pair of star-crossed lovers of Bingo, a wandering bear, a tabby cat who wears a hat and a whole bunch more in this fabulous book! Colin West's fun poems are strong in rhyme and rhythm. There is not only magic and mayhem in these ballads, but great charm and warmth to balance the gruesome ends which some of the characters suffer. Colin has combined his love of history and poetry to create a memorable collection jam packed with fun to cause maximum merriment. The pages of Bonkers Ballads are embellished with over a hundred of his own witty illustrations. Colin's poems have been widely anthologised in both Britain and America. Ken Nesbitt, the former U.S. Children's Laureate has hailed Colin West 'a master of the art of humorous poetry for children'. Poet Wendy Cope has said 'Colin West has a considerable talent as a writer and an illustrator'. If you read this new collection you are likely to agree.

Never Nudge a Budgie! 100 Funny Poems

Never Nudge a Budgie! 100 Funny Poems

Author: Colin West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2015

An uproariously funny collection of nonsense, Never Nudge a Budgie! is a master class in comic verse by author-illustrator Colin West. Hailed as the master of comic verse, Colin West is funnier than ever in his latest side-splitting collection Never Nudge a Budgie! Divided into seven sections, which include Funny Folk , Curious Creatures and Vicious Verses , Never Nudge a Budgie! collects together one hundred of West's best poems yet. Some are old, some are new; all are infused with his trademark wit. And each poem is paired with a wonderful and winsome picture by the poet himself - don't miss his drawing of a crocodile getting its teeth checked, or of Betty eating spaghetti. There are limericks, tongue-twisters, shape poems and rhymes, each on a more unlikely topic than the last, such as the Ogglewop's large tummy, whether or not to be a bee, and why you should never ever nudge a budgie!

The Bestest Ever Bear

The Bestest Ever Bear

Author: Colin West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2010

A collection of poems featuring bears in aid of The Children's Trust. A collection of thirty poems featuring bears (and one extra one not about a bear!) to celebrate thirty years of Walker Books and in aid of The Children's Trust. The poems in this book are selected and illustrated by Colin West, a popular children's author who has written over fifty children's books and continues to produce poetry and picture books. The book features poems by Spike Milligan, Edward Lear, Roger McGough, Stanley Cook, Colin West himself and many more well-known poets.

Have You Seen the Crocodile?

Have You Seen the Crocodile?

Author: Colin West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2009

Join the jungle fun in this series of delightfully simple and surprising tales for early readers. The parrot, the bumble bee, the frog, the hummingbird - evryone keeps asking if anyone has seen the crocodile and the answer is always no. Little do they realize how close the cunning crocodile actually is!

Not Me, said the Monkey

Not Me, said the Monkey

Author: Colin West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2009

Join the jungle fun in this series of delightfully simple and surprising tales for early readers. This jungle tale reads as a long joke, furnished with a hilarious punch line. A simple scenario is established, and the lively, repetitive text builds up to the satisfying end twist, which is guaranteed to tickle even the most reluctant reader. Great fun to read aloud, this lively story is perfect as an early reader and bears many repeated readings, when the punch line can be gleefully pre-empted.

Hello, Great Big Bullfrog!

Hello, Great Big Bullfrog!

Author: Colin West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2009

Join the jungle fun in this series of delightfully simple and surprising tales for early readers. This jungle tale reads as a long joke, furnished with a hilarious punch line. A simple scenario is established, and the lively, repetitive text builds up to the satisfying end twist, which is guaranteed to tickle even the most reluctant reader. Great fun to read aloud, this lively story is perfect as an early reader and bears many repeated readings, when the punch line can be gleefully pre-empted.

A Crocodile's Teeth

A Crocodile's Teeth

Author: Colin West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2007

An illustrated collection of fifty funny poems by a master of the genre. This anthology of nonsense rhymes on a range of silly topics will have children (and adults) rolling with laughter - and all are illustrated in an absurdly appealing style. One example, Coathanger, begins: I gave my love a coathanger. She flung it back at me. It acted like a boomerang, And hit her on the knee.

Toby and His Old Tin Tub

Toby and His Old Tin Tub

Author: Colin West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/12/2005

Toby wants to be a sailor, but all he has for a boat is an old tin tub. One day, Toby paddles far out to sea and is caught up in a terrible storm. Somehow his tiny tub survives, but Toby now finds himself in a very strange land - the home of a Sea Giant! But this giant isn't scary, he's sad and lonely; all the creatures in his kingdom are asleep and he can't discover the sound needed to wake them up. Can Toby help him find out what it is?

Fighting Dragons

Fighting Dragons

Author: Colin West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2003

Big Wig

Big Wig

Author: Colin West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2003

A lively and engaging Starters title for beginner readers from author-illustrator Colin West, with a friendly text and stylish two-colour illustrations. Big Wig is part of Walker Starters, the wonderfully fun and friendly series for beginner readers.There once lived a giant called Big Wig, who always wore a bright ginger wig. One day, a gust of wind blows Big Wig's precious wig off his head, and carries it far, far away... This is a charming story with a brilliant twist at the end, told through a range of writing styles, including hand-lettered speech and thought bubbles. The illustrations, which appear on every page, are lively and stylish, and play an active part in helping children understand the text.

Uncle Tom's Pterodactyl

Uncle Tom's Pterodactyl

Author: Colin West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2001

The second set of four in this lively new series of comic strip novels for younger readers now available in paperback. Comix are aimed at 7-9 year olds, particularly though not exclusively boys, and children who find reading hard work. The subject matter is pacy and exciting and the main characters are usually boys, and there is plenty of action and dialogue to keep the story moving. Feisty heros and heroines use quick-thinking tactics to get them out of all kinds of scrapes and dilemmas. The series is aimed at developing reading ability and the text is integrated with illustrations using the comic strip conventions of speech bubbles, thought bubbles and sound effects. Established authors have written a variety of tales - adventure, science fiction and fantasy, comedy and football stories. All the titles have been illustrated by the best strip-cartoon artists around. The resulting combination is a visually-exciting series that should get any 7-9 year-old reading no matter how reluctant they have been to pick up a book in the past.

Grandad's Boneshaker Bicycle

Grandad's Boneshaker Bicycle

Author: Colin West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/1999

One afternoon at Grandad's I came across his old boneshaker bicycle. We mended the tyres, oiled the brakes and polished it all over. Then it was time to test it out. For 5-7 year olds.

Granny's Jungle Garden

Granny's Jungle Garden

Author: Colin West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/1999

Granny's garden was overgrown and looked like a jungle. Mr Smart, the next door neighbour, kept dropping hints about tidying the garden, so I offered to lend Granny a hand. For 5-7 year olds.

Jenny the Joker

Jenny the Joker

Author: Colin West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/1999

I wasn't looking forward to my cousin Jenny coming to stay - she likes girlish things such as dressing up, horses and dolls. But when she arrived I was in for a shock. For 5-7 year olds.

Uncle-and-auntie Pat

Uncle-and-auntie Pat

Author: Colin West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/1999

When I went to stay with Uncle-and-Auntie Pat on their farm I had a brilliant time, but I couldn't help noticing that hardly anyone visited the farm shop. So I made a wish. For 5-7 year olds.

Have You Seen The Crocodile?

Have You Seen The Crocodile?

Author: Colin West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/1998

Reading Together is a learn-to-read series of picture books for young children and parents to enjoy together. There are four levels, each consisting of six books, offering a variety of reading experiences: stories, poems, rhymes and songs, traditional tales and information books.

Monty's Ups and Downs

Monty's Ups and Downs

Author: Colin West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/12/1996

When Simon Sprod gets his dog a pair of glasses, it's not because Monty wants to read. Monty's main interests are chocolate biscuits, comfy chairs and walnut whips -- and these have a habit of landing him in trouble.

Monty Ahoy!

Monty Ahoy!

Author: Colin West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/1995

Adventures of Monty, the Dog Who Wears Glasses Monty, the Dog Who Wears Glasses , Monty Bites Back , Monty Must be Magic

Adventures of Monty, the Dog Who Wears Glasses Monty, the Dog Who Wears Glasses , Monty Bites Back , Monty Must be Magic

Author: Colin West Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/1995

Three stories about Monty are presented together in this collection: Monty, the Dog who Wears Glasses, Monty Bites Back, and Monty Must be Magic.

Monty Bites Back

Monty Bites Back

Author: Colin West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/1991

Monty, the Dog Who Wears Glasses

Monty, the Dog Who Wears Glasses

Author: Colin West Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/1990

When Simon Sprod gets his dog a pair of glasses, it's not because Monty wants to read. Monty's main interests are chocolate biscuits, comfy chairs and walnut whips -- and these have a habit of landing him in trouble.

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