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Philip Ardagh - Author

About the Author

Roald Dahl Funny Prize winning author Philip Ardagh is the author of The Grunts. He is probably best known for his Grubtown Tales, but he is author of over 100 books. He is a ‘regular irregular’ reviewer of children’s books for The Guardian, and is currently developing a series for television. Philip Ardagh is two metres tall with a ridiculously big, bushy beard and size sixteen feet, making him an instantly recognisable figure at literary festivals around the world. He  lives in a seaside town in Kent with his wife and two cats. 

 

Featured books by Philip Ardagh

Other books by Philip Ardagh

Bunnies on the Bus

Bunnies on the Bus

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/12/2019

Watch out! Move out of the way! Hold onto your tails! There are ... BUNNIES ON THE BUS! And they aren't stopping for ANYONE! The bunnies have taken over the bus and they're on a wild ride across the streets of Sunnytown! They whizz past the bus stop, swerve around corners and zoom over crossings on a non-stop roller coaster adventure! There are bunnies on the roof! Bunnies in the aisle! DO sit down, bunnies, or you'll end up in a pile! Eventually, they come to a stop ... at the train station. And what's that they've spotted? A TRAIN! Uh-oh, here we go again... A hilarious romp of a book, with a fantastic read-aloud rhyming text and spectacular illustrations.

Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky Grubtown Tales

Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky Grubtown Tales

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2019

You won't find Grubtown on any maps. The last time any map-makers were sent anywhere near the place they were found a week later wearing nothing but pages from a telephone directory, and calling for their mothers. It's certainly a town and certainly grubby -- except for the squeaky clean parts -- but everything else we know about the place comes from Beardy Ardagh, town resident and author of these tales. Grubtown is full of oddballs -- from the singing Grumbly girls to a family of duck-haters, and an out-sized mayor who's knitting a new house -- but Manual Org is too repulsive even for them. Getting him to leave town is top priority, until the discovery of a humongous diamond changes everything...

The Wrong End of the Stick: Stick and Fetch Investigate

The Wrong End of the Stick: Stick and Fetch Investigate

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2019

In this hilarious sequel to the hugely popular Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Sally Stick and her shaggy best friend Fetch discover plenty more mysteries to solve. Like, Is there a beaver loose in the town? Who is the handbag thief? And, most importantly, Why does Uncle Bob's house always smell of biscuits? Somehow, despite the accidents, misunderstandings and general confusion that dog the hapless pair wherever they go, they always get results. And they have a lot of fun along the way!

The Little Adventurers: Sandy Sand Sandwiches

The Little Adventurers: Sandy Sand Sandwiches

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2019

If you're brave, honest, helpful, good to your planet and kind to animals (even ones that don't do much ... like worms) then you, too, can be a Little Adventurer. From the award-winning Philip Ardagh, and illustrator Elissa Elwick, comes the third installment in the Little Adventurers trilogy! Meet the Little Adventurers - Finnegan, Sprat, Floss and Peanut. Each week they meet in their top-secret shed HQ, ready to share their fun with you! This week it's hot, hot, hot, so their mission is to ... cool down, at the BEACH! The four friends pack their snazzy swimsuits and hop into Finnegan's daddy's car. They're going to make sand sculptures, lick ice cream cones and, best of all, see what teeny-tiny rockpool creatures they can find... With an activity idea and an information page at the back of every story, the Little Adventurers will encourage hours of immersive play, and will ignite the imagination of curious explorers everywhere.

National Trust: The Secret Diary of Kitty Cask, Smuggler's Daughter

National Trust: The Secret Diary of Kitty Cask, Smuggler's Daughter

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2019

Fact meets fiction in this thrilling story of 18th century smuggling and intrigue! Kitty Cask is a smuggler's daughter. In the Cornish coastal village of Minnock, Kitty and her family make their living as free traders - secretly bringing contraband goods into the country while evading the corrupt Redcoats who work for the King. Kitty isn't supposed to be involved in any of her father's schemes... but she's very good at creeping out at night, and before too long she is caught in the thick of the action - salvaging shipwrecks, staging prison-breaks, and staying one step ahead of the tyrannical excisemen! With an exciting story and brilliant illustrations, and filled with amazing facts and historical trivia, you won't be able to put this SECRET DIARY down! Read the other books in the series: The Secret Diary of John Drawbridge, Medieval Knight in Training The Secret Diary of Jane Pinny, Victorian House Maid (and Accidental Detective) The Secret Diary of Thomas Snoop, Tudor Boy Spy

Hero Academy: Oxford Level 7, Turquoise Book Band: The Exagger-tron

Hero Academy: Oxford Level 7, Turquoise Book Band: The Exagger-tron

Author: Philip Ardagh 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. The Exagger-tron is in Turquoise Book Band, Oxford Level 7, and supports Letters and Sounds Phase 6. In this story, the Head tells Axel that he has a special task for him in Corridor B12 a corridor that is usually forbidden to pupils What exciting mission awaits him? 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 8, Purple Book Band: Silver Shadow

Hero Academy: Oxford Level 8, Purple Book Band: Silver Shadow

Author: Philip Ardagh 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. Silver Shadow is in Purple Book Band, Oxford Level 8, and supports Letters and Sounds Phase 6. In this story, Slink, the school cat, goes missing from Hero Academy, and Ben has to race against the clock to find him before the tracker in his collar stops working. Will Ben manage to rescue Slink in time? 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: Attack of the Chomping Nibblers

Hero Academy: Oxford Level 7, Turquoise Book Band: Attack of the Chomping Nibblers

Author: Philip Ardagh 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. Attack of the Chomping Nibblers is in Turquoise Book Band, Oxford Level 7, and supports Letters and Sounds Phase 6. In this story, Nisha and Axel investigate reports of biting plants in Lexis City Central Park. Who would grow an army of 'Chomping Nibblers' and why? 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.

The Story of Doctor Dolittle

The Story of Doctor Dolittle

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure. Doctor Dolittle is one of the most delightful and fascinating characters in children's literature. This Macmillan Collector's Library edition of The Story of Doctor Dolittle is illustrated with Hugh Lofting's own drawings, and includes updated material and an afterword by author Philip Ardagh. Doctor Dolittle's house in Puddleby-on-the-Marsh is full to the brim with eccentric characters, from Polynesia the parrot to Gub-Gub the pig. After learning the languages of all his animals, the gracious and kind-hearted doctor hears that the monkeys in Africa have become inflicted with a terrible disease. So with a team of trusty creatures by his side, the doctor sets sail on an action-packed adventure to save them.

Norman the Norman and the Very Small Duchess

Norman the Norman and the Very Small Duchess

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/05/2018

Norman the Norman is at it again! And this time the Duchess of Normandy is determined that her William should have little Norman helping with this Conquest thingy . After all he is Normandy's bravest broadsword swinging hero! But can Norman even make it to the boat on time? Or are there other adventures to be had with robbers, giants, a messenger called Barry, and Matilda the very small Duchess... An enticing combination of historical facts, supposition, slapstick humour and authorial asides. Comic genius.

The Archaeologists' Handbook

The Archaeologists' Handbook

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

The Archaeologist's Handbook tells you all you need to know about archaeology: from discovering artefacts or exploring archaeological sites to the identification, dating, preservation, restoration and understanding of what has been found. It covers everything from the most basic techniques to some of the latest technological advances.

The Hieroglyphs Handbook

The Hieroglyphs Handbook

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

Impress your friends! Please the Pharoahs! Appease the gods! Forget the Rosetta Stone, if you want to decipher hieroglyphs, this is the book for you. Accessible and achievable chapters are packed with facts about Egypt and the pharaohs as well as easy-to-follow language-learning instructions. With simple and clear illustrations throughout, this book is ptotally pterrific.

What's in the Truck?

What's in the Truck?

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2018

'...Out glides a limo, as sleek as a plane, With big gleaming hubcaps as bright as champagne'. The first in a comic 'What's in the?' picture book series, children will delight in this silly tale of a dog prince in his truck with a very special delivery ...With each page turn a new vehicle pops out of the last. This book has all the ingredients to charm and enthrall first readers and parents alike.

Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Stick and Fetch Investigate

Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Stick and Fetch Investigate

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2018

Meet Sally Stick and her dog (and best friend) Fetch. Together, they're Stick and Fetch: Detectives. A girl. A dog. A detective agency. Sally loves nothing more than investigating a good mystery - and her shaggy canine companion Fetch loves nothing more than to be at her side when she does. There's just one small problem: they always gets the wrong end of the stick! The hapless pair remain undeterred, however, dashing from one crime scene to another on their bicycle, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake ... yet always emerging blissfully unaware. A fun, madcap trio of stories featuring two lovable heroes with a LOT of hair.

National Trust: The Secret Diary of Thomas Snoop, Tudor Boy Spy

National Trust: The Secret Diary of Thomas Snoop, Tudor Boy Spy

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2018

THOMAS SNOOP is in training to become a SPY. Entrusted with a TOP SECRET mission by the mysterious Lord Severn, right-hand man to the Tudor king, Thomas must travel to the magnificent Goldenhilt Hall - in the guise of a servant - in order to uncover traitors plotting against the crown. It will take all Thomas's wits and cunning to uncover the traitors lurking at Goldenhilt Hall - and he must do so without being discovered himself... Filled with amazing facts and historical trivia, you won't be able to put this SECRET DIARY down!

Little Adventurers: What Bear? Where?

Little Adventurers: What Bear? Where?

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

If you're brave, helpful, honest, good to your planet and kind to animals (even ones that don't do much ... like boring worms) then you, too, can be a Little Adventurer. From the award-winning Philip Ardagh, and rising illustration talent Elissa Elwick, comes the second instalment in a brand-new picture book series! Meet the Little Adventurers - Finnegan, Sprat, Floss and Peanut. Each week they meet in their top-secret shed HQ, ready to share their fun with you! This week, their mission is to spot animals - creepy-crawly, furry or fishy! But animal-spotting day is not without its challenges for such an imaginative troop of friends... Even with Sprat's homemade binoculars on-hand, hosepipes can be mistaken for snakes, dad's broom for a prickly hedgehog, and - eek! - can that really be a grizzly bear lurking behind that bush? With an activity idea and an information page with every story in the series, the Little Adventurers four will encourage hours of immersive play, and will ignite the imagination of curious explorers everywhere.

National Trust: The Secret Diary of Jane Pinny, Victorian House Maid

National Trust: The Secret Diary of Jane Pinny, Victorian House Maid

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Jane Pinny has moved to the very grand Lytton House to be a Maid Of All Work. And being a Maid Of All Work means that she has to do... well, ALL the work, obviously! Cleaning, dusting, scrubbing, washing - there's SO much to do in a Victorian country house. But when a priceless jade necklace belonging to the lady of the house disappears, Jane turns accidental detective (with the help of her best friend, a pigeon called Plump...) - can she solve the mystery of the missing jewels before it's too late?

Little Adventurers: What Bear? Where?

Little Adventurers: What Bear? Where?

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2017

If you're brave, helpful, honest, good to your planet and kind to animals (even ones that don't do much ... like boring worms) then you, too, can be a Little Adventurer. From the award-winning Philip Ardagh, and rising illustration talent Elissa Elwick, comes the second instalment in a brand-new picture book series! Meet the Little Adventurers - Finnegan, Sprat, Floss and Peanut. Each week they meet in their top-secret shed HQ, ready to share their fun with you! This week, their mission is to spot animals - creepy-crawly, furry or fishy! But animal-spotting day is not without its challenges for such an imaginative troop of friends... Even with Sprat's homemade binoculars on-hand, hosepipes can be mistaken for snakes, dad's broom for a prickly hedgehog, and - eek! - can that really be a grizzly bear lurking behind that bush? With an activity idea and an information page with every story in the series, the Little Adventurers four will encourage hours of immersive play, and will ignite the imagination of curious explorers everywhere.

Norman the Norman from Normandy (#1)

Norman the Norman from Normandy (#1)

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/05/2017

Little Norman the Norman from Normandy loves fighting. All Normans do. When he inherits the broad sword that belonged to his father, Great Big Norman, after he is killed in battle, Little Norman is Little no more and so he sets off to avenge his father's death. Riotous comedy with extra sword-swinging. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

National Trust: The Secret Diary of John Drawbridge, a Medieval Knight in Training

National Trust: The Secret Diary of John Drawbridge, a Medieval Knight in Training

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

John Drawbridge has moved to Widemoat Castle to learn to become a knight. And there is a LOT to learn. . . How to charge with a lance on horseback without falling off. Why the spiral staircases always go up in a clockwise direction. How to defend the castle against invading parties. Why the plates served at banquets are made of stale bread (and why you shouldn't eat them...). And much, MUCH more. So it's no wonder that John decides to keep a diary (even if it is only an imaginary one...) of his time at the castle. Things REALLY liven up when the castle is attacked by an invading Welsh party - but can John foil their plot before it's too late...?

The Little Adventurers: Leafy the Pet Leaf

The Little Adventurers: Leafy the Pet Leaf

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2016

If you're brave, helpful, honest, good to your planet and kind to animals (even ones that don't do much ... like boring worms) then you, too, can be a LITTLE ADVENTURER. From the award-winning Philip Ardagh, and rising illustration talent Elissa Elwick, comes a brand-new picture book series! Meet the Little Adventurers - Finnegan, Sprat, Floss and Peanut. Each week they meet in their top-secret shed HQ, ready to share their fun with you! This week, Sprat can't seem to find his cat, Shadow, anywhere. And he absolutely has to have a pet - it's bring in a pet day! So, instead, he finds a leaf, draws a little face on it and... Ta-Da! Sprat has a pet: Leafy! But can you really have a leaf as a pet? With an activity idea and an information page with every story in the series, the Little Adventurers four will encourage hours of immersive play, and will ignite the imagination of curious adventurers everywhere.

The Grunts on the Run

The Grunts on the Run

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Over the years, the Grunts have made more than a few enemies. But fortunately they're all safely behind bars. Or are they? There's been a prison break-out, and three of them are after REVENGE. It's time for the Grunts to go On the Run... This last book brings back some familiar faces from the series and solves a couple of mysteries too...

The Little Adventurers: Leafy the Pet Leaf

The Little Adventurers: Leafy the Pet Leaf

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2016

If you're brave, helpful, honest, good to your planet and kind to animals (even ones that don't do much ... like boring worms) then you, too, can be a LITTLE ADVENTURER. From the award-winning Philip Ardagh, and rising illustration talent Elissa Elwick, comes a brand-new picture book series! Meet the Little Adventurers - Finnegan, Sprat, Floss and Peanut. Each week they meet in their top-secret shed HQ, ready to share their fun with you! This week, Sprat can't seem to find his cat, Shadow, anywhere. And he absolutely has to have a pet - it's bring in a pet day! So, instead, he finds a leaf, draws a little face on it and... Ta-Da! Sprat has a pet: Leafy! But can you really have a leaf as a pet? With an activity idea and an information page with every story in the series, the Little Adventurers four will encourage hours of immersive play, and will ignite the imagination of curious adventurers everywhere.

The Grunts on the Run

The Grunts on the Run

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2015

Over the years, the Grunts have made more than a few enemies. But fortunately they're all safely behind bars. Or are they? There's been a prison break-out, and three of them are after REVENGE. It's time for the Grunts to go On the Run... This last book brings back some familiar faces from the series and solves a couple of mysteries too...

The Black Knight Of Gressingham

The Black Knight Of Gressingham

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Third instalment of funnyman Philip Ardagh's Olde Worlde Gressingham trilogy following the Green Men. Squat is simply minding his own business in hishovel when his friend Big Jim invites him to jointhe Green Men of Gressingham. If only Squat hadknown...Soon he is living as an outlaw in the forestand taking on the dreadful Sir Jack de Zack! A Robin Hood-esque tale sure to have readers laughing out loud. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+

The Grunts in a Jam

The Grunts in a Jam

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Oh no! The Grunts are on the loose. And this time they're in a VERY sticky situation. When Mrs Grunt's mother, the gloomy Ma Lunge, enters a Preserves, Jams and Jellies competition, what could possibly go wrong? Plenty. Add a nose-biting squirrel, escapred bees, rogue fireworks and crashing biplanes (AGAIN!), and you'll see why poor Sunny and Mimi have a lot on their plate. And that's BEFORE the Grunts end up in jail.

The Unlikely Outlaws

The Unlikely Outlaws

Author: Philip Ardagh, Tom Morgan-Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2015

Join author Philip Ardagh, assistant Dotty and harrassed editor Adrian as together they craft the entertaining escapades of young knight-to-be Tom Dashwood and his merry band of outlaws. Well, just as soon as Philip can be convinced to write the manuscript...A story within a story, this rollicking laugh-out-loud romp is sure to appeal to readers of all ages and is particularly suitable for 7-9s.

The Grunts in a Jam

The Grunts in a Jam

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/09/2014

Oh no! The Grunts are on the loose. And this time they're in a VERY sticky situation. When Mrs Grunt's mother, the gloomy Ma Lunge, enters a Preserves, Jams and Jellies competition, what could possibly go wrong? Plenty. Add a nose-biting squirrel, escapred bees, rogue fireworks and crashing biplanes (AGAIN!), and you'll see why poor Sunny and Mimi have a lot on their plate. And that's BEFORE the Grunts end up in jail.

The Further Adventures of Eddie Dickens

The Further Adventures of Eddie Dickens

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2014

Eddie Dickens finds himself far from home in the heathery highlands of Scotland for some Further Adventures embracing a whole host of new characters and firm favourites such as Malcolm the stuffed stoat. Including Dubious Deeds, Horrendous Habits and The Final Curtain, fans of Philip Ardagh will gobble up this great gift edition.

The Grunts all at Sea

The Grunts all at Sea

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2014

Mr Grunt's a man with a mission. He has to get a Person of Great Importance (or POGI) to someone called Mrs Bayliss by the twenty-fifth. Alive and well. And he can't tell anyone more than that, not even his lovely wife, Mrs Grunt, because there will be people trying to snatch the POGI and so the POGI must be transported in secret. It's an exciting adventure, but what interests Mr Grunt most are the silver coins he's been promised at the end of it. The Grunts' stolen son, Sunny, has a few questions. Who is the big-earringed cyclist? Why does the POGI have to wear a barrel all the time? Is Rodders Lasenby a lovely person or simply the rudest man on the planet? And how long will it be before they find themselves All At Sea?

The Grunts all at Sea

The Grunts all at Sea

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/06/2013

Mr Grunt's a man with a mission. He has to get a Person of Great Importance (or POGI) to someone called Mrs Bayliss by the twenty-fifth. Alive and well. And he can't tell anyone more than that, not even his lovely wife, Mrs Grunt, because there will be people trying to snatch the POGI and so the POGI must be transported in secret. It's an exciting adventure, but what interests Mr Grunt most are the silver coins he's been promised at the end of it. The Grunts' stolen son, Sunny, has a few questions. Who is the big-earringed cyclist? Why does the POGI have to wear a barrel all the time? Is Rodders Lasenby a lovely person or simply the rudest man on the planet? And how long will it be before they find themselves All At Sea?

The Grunts in Trouble

The Grunts in Trouble

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2013

Mr and Mrs Grunt, who are neither clean nor clever, live with their adopted - in fact, abducted - son, Sunny, in a donkey-drawn caravan somewhere or other at some time that is a bit like now but not exactly now. Sunny is an odd-looking boy, what with his left ear being higher than his right ear and that kind of sticky-up hair which NEVER goes flat, even if you massage glue into it and then jump on it. Together the unusual family find themselves in frankly improbable but very funny adventures involving bendy railings, double-barrelled shotguns, full-fat yoghurt and, always, a beard of bees.

The Grunts in Trouble

The Grunts in Trouble

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2012

Mr and Mrs Grunt, who are neither clean nor clever, live with their adopted - in fact, abducted - son, Sunny, in a donkey-drawn caravan somewhere or other at some time that is a bit like now but not exactly now. Sunny is an odd-looking boy, what with his left ear being higher than his right ear and that kind of sticky-up hair which NEVER goes flat, even if you massage glue into it and then jump on it. Together the unusual family find themselves in frankly improbable but very funny adventures involving bendy railings, double-barrelled shotguns, full-fat yoghurt and, always, a beard of bees.

The Red Dragons Of Gressingham

The Red Dragons Of Gressingham

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/04/2012

The Green Men of Gressingham return with this sequel, available for the first time as a 4u2read. Full of twists, turns and fiery surprises! The Green Men of Gressingham are struggling to find things to do now that they are no longer outlaws. But just when things are getting boring, Lord Dashwood sends them on a very unusual mission! Can the Green Men complete it without setting their bottoms on fire? A hilarious story from an award-winning and hugely popular author.With a reading age of 7, it is particularly suitable for dyslexic, reluctant and struggling readers.

The Eddie Dickens Trilogy

The Eddie Dickens Trilogy

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2011

AWFUL END When both of Eddie Dickens's parents catch a disease that makes them turn yellow, go a bit crinkly round the edges and smell of hot water bottles, it's agreed he should go and stay with relatives at their house Awful End. Unfortunately for Eddie, those relatives are Mad Uncle Jack and Even-Madder Aunt Maud, and it doesn't look as if the three of them are ever going to reach their destination ... DREADFUL ACTS Eddie Dickens narrowly avoids an explosion, a hot-air balloon and arrest, only to find himself falling head-over heels for a girl with a face like a camel's, and into the hands of a murderous gang of escaped convicts who have 'one little job for him to do'. TERRIBLE TIMES Eddie had been given the task of travelling to America to look after his family's interests there. But his life is never that simple; especially with a potential stowaway in his trunk, and Lady Constance Bustle at his side. She's a professional 'travelling companion', whose previous employers seem to have died under the most remarkable and unfortunate circumstances ...

Grubtown Tales: When Bunnies Turn Bad

Grubtown Tales: When Bunnies Turn Bad

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2011

If Beardy Ardagh is to be believed, the trouble begins when a monkey escapes from the grubtown old folks home, or when the sun-ripe raisin man decides to give up shrivelled dried grapes and to grow vegetables instead. Whatever the beginning, it all ends up with far too many bunny rabbits and a serious problem with paper aeroplanes. Philip Ardagh shows just what it is that would make any sane-minded person avoid visiting Grubtown for business or pleasure at all costs, and excactly why fun-loving readers (of all ages) should head straight for a shelf of Grubtown Tales.

Green Men of Gressingham

Green Men of Gressingham

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2010

The Green Men of Gressingham are medieval outlaws. When a new tax is introduced, they turn to kidnapping! A hilarious play on Robin Hood. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Grubtown Tales: Splash, Crash and Loads of Cash Grubtown Tales

Grubtown Tales: Splash, Crash and Loads of Cash Grubtown Tales

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2010

News just in from Beardy Ardagh: When a yachting trip turns to disaster and the shipwrecked crew, including Mango Claptrap, ends up using the impressively large Flabby Gomez as a man-made floating island, they need help. Who better to rescue them than the exceedingly useless lifeboat crew over at Limp, assisted by Grubtown's very own chief of police Grabby Hanson? But they have problems of their own. Can Jilly Cheeter save the day? And what about those hungry sharks . .? Praise for Grubtown Tales: 'Philip Ardagh has invented his own style of storytelling.' Michael Rosen, Children's Laureate 'Frenetic, high energy humour and more fun than cleaning the underside of a garden snail with your tongue.' Daily Mail on Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky 'Lovers of the absurd and disgusting will delight in Ardagh's new series.' The Guardian on Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky 'Philip Ardagh writes funny like he can't help it . . . Silly, silly, silly. Young readers will love them.' Independent on Sunday 'This hilarious book will have you splitting your sides with laughter and wanting to read more, more more!' Blue Peter Book Club on The Year that it Rained Cows

Romans

Romans

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2010

Meet Henry, an ordinary boy in an extraordinary house...There's a gladiator in the basement and an arena in the garden. Step inside Henry's House and join Henry, his dog Mothball and a quirky cast of characters as they find out everything there is to know about the ancient Romans. Fact-packed, fun-packed, get packed ...and head for Henry's House!

Grubtown Tales: Trick Eggs and Rubber Chickens Grubtown Tales

Grubtown Tales: Trick Eggs and Rubber Chickens Grubtown Tales

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2010

If Beardy Ardagh is to be believed, things all start going on the bonkers side of very wrong when Mayor Flabby Gomez finally finishes knitting his new home and declares a public holiday in Grubtown for its official opening. There will be free ice-cream and entertainment... only there's been a mix-up at the suppliers and the wrong costumes and props have arrived. And, if that weren't bad enough, there's the matter of a serious leak at Grubtown's new aquarium.

Grubtown Tales: The Wrong End of the Dog Grubtown Tales

Grubtown Tales: The Wrong End of the Dog Grubtown Tales

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2010

Coming a month before the special World Book Day publication is the fourth instalment of the silliest series on record: As eye-witness Beardy Ardagh reports, when famous film star Tawdry Hipbone visits Grubtown for the world premiere of her latest movie, For the Love of Ducks II, Mayor Flabby Gomez couldn't be more excited but, as usual, nothing goes to plan. Miss Hipbone's dog, Snooks, is snatched by a low-flying pelican, and it's a race against time to find him, in a rescue attempt involving Grubtown's usual ragbag of bungling buffoons.

Grubtown Tales: The Far From Great Escape Grubtown Tales

Grubtown Tales: The Far From Great Escape Grubtown Tales

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2009

You won't find Grubtown on any maps. The last time any map-makers were sent anywhere near the place they were found a week later wearing nothing but pages from a telephone directory, and calling for their mothers. It's certainly a town and certainly grubby -- except for the squeaky clean parts -- but everything else we know about the place comes from Beardy Ardagh, town resident and author of these tales. As Beardy Ardagh reports, when the local lighthouse is plunged into darkness and a ship runs aground -- flattening The Rusty Dolphin -- it's hard to imagine things can get much worse in Grubtown. But then there's a jail-break and the Police Department (all three of them) need all the help they can get from the (often bonkers) townsfolk. No wonder more trouble is waiting just around the corner.

House Called Awful End

House Called Awful End

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2009

When both Eddie's parents catch a disease that makes them turn yellow, go a bit crinkly around the edges, and smell of old hot-water bottles, it's agreed he should go and stay with relatives at their house, Awful End. Unfortunately for Eddie, those relatives are Mad Uncle Jack and Even Madder Aunt Maud.

Dreadful Acts

Dreadful Acts

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2009

In this eagerly awaited sequel to A House Called Awful End, Eddie Dickens narrowly avoids being blown up, trampled by horses, hit by a hot-air balloon, and arrestedonly to find himself falling head over heels for a girl with a face like a camel's and into the hands of a murderous gang of escaped convicts, up on the misty moors, who have a "e;little job"e; for him to do.All the old favorites are hereincluding Mad Uncle Jack and Malcolm (or is it Sally?) the stuffed stoatalong with some worrying-looking new ones. Beware!

Terrible Times

Terrible Times

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2009

In the third installment of the Eddie Dickens saga, Eddie, our steadfast hero, finds himself en route to North America aboard the sailing ship Pompous Pig along with a cargo hold full of left shoes, the world-famous Dog's Bone Diamond, and some of the most disreputable traveling companions anyone might have the misfortune to share a berth with. A mysterious stowaway and some familiar faces from Eddie's past only complicate matters, as does being tied up and set adrift in a leaky rowboat. Will Eddie ever reach America?

The Red Dragons Of Gressingham

The Red Dragons Of Gressingham

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/2008

The green men of Gressingham are on a quest to find a dragon! The hilarious follow up to The Green Men of Gressingham. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Philip Ardagh's book of absolutely useless lists for absolutely every day of the year

Philip Ardagh's book of absolutely useless lists for absolutely every day of the year

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2008

Expect the unexpected in this ridiculously named, reassuringly chunky book, jam-packed full of eye-openingly absurd facts, lies, half-truths, thoughts, suggestions and musings with more footnotes than an orchestra of millipedes. Lists include: Possessors of Notable Moustaches (Real or Otherwise) , What MI5 Look For When Recruiting , Basic Requirements for Being A Pirate Captain , Animal Breakouts and 10 Things I Think I Know About the Moon Without Looking Them Up (Or Up at It) . From the best-selling author of Awful End.

Philip Ardagh's book of absolutely useless lists for absolutely every day of the year

Philip Ardagh's book of absolutely useless lists for absolutely every day of the year

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2007

Expect the unexpected in this ridiculously named, reassuringly chunky book, jam-packed full of eye-openingly absurd facts, lies, half-truths, thoughts, suggestions and musings with more footnotes than an orchestra of millipedes. Lists include: Possessors of Notable Moustaches (Real or Otherwise) , What MI5 Look For When Recruiting , Basic Requirements for Being A Pirate Captain , Animal Breakouts and 10 Things I Think I Know About the Moon Without Looking Them Up (Or Up at It) . From the best-selling author of Awful End.

Fall of Fergal

Fall of Fergal

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: eBook Release Date: 10/10/2006

Philip Ardagh'sUnlikely Exploitschart the extraordinary changes in fortune of the downtrodden McNally family beginning with The Fall of Fergal. The setting is an unidentified country suffering from an unexpected breakout of large holes. The McNally children find themselves in The Dell Hotel, the venue for the final of the Tap 'n' Type typing competition, surrounded by a strange assortment of characters ranging from Twinkle-Toes Tweedy, the house detective, to Mr. Peach, a ventriloquist with a very large moustache. With young Fergal McNally falling to his death at the very beginning, the only way for the McNallys is up.

The Truth About Love

The Truth About Love

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/01/2004

Have you ever wondered: Who St. Valentine really was? Why wedding rings are worn on that particular finger? Why a dozen red roses are considered so romantic? Where some of those weird and wonderful love rituals originally came from? The answer to these and many other love-related questions are packed within the covers of this little book. Have you ever wondered: Why the heart is the symbol of love? Who St Valentine really was? Why Cupid wears a blindfold? Why a bride throws her bouquet? Why diamonds are a girl's best friend? Why we give red roses? Why we wear wedding rings on the fourth finger of our left hand? How numerology can predict who your perfect partner will be? The answer to these and many other love-related questions are packed within the covers of this gorgeous book.

4u2read.ok The Green Men of Gressingham

4u2read.ok The Green Men of Gressingham

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2004

The Green Men of Gressingham are medieval outlaws. When a new tax is introduced, they turn to kidnapping! This is a hilarious play on Robin Hood. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Fall of Fergal Unlikely Exploits Book One

Fall of Fergal Unlikely Exploits Book One

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2002

From the creator of the best-selling Eddie Dickens trilogy comes Book One of his darkly hilarious new trilogy, charting the extraordinary changes in fortunes of the down-trodden McNally family. The setting is an unidentified country, suffering from an unexpected outbreak of very large holes. The McNally children find themselves in The Dell hotel surrounded by a strange assortment of ridiculous characters ranging from Charlie 'Twinkle Toes' Tweedy, the house detective, to Mr Peach, a ventriloquist with a conveniently large moustache. With young Fergal McNally falling to his death on page one, the only way for the McNallys is up...Expect the unexpected with Philip Ardagh pulling out all the stops that make his fiction so unique and so absurd.

The Archaeologists' Handbook

The Archaeologists' Handbook

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/06/2002

The Archaeologists' Handbook takes a look at the role of archaeologists from the discovery of an artefact or archaeological site to the identification, dating, preservation, restoration, and understanding of what has been found. This book looks at everything from the most basic archaeological techniques to the latest technological advances used to assist the modern archaeologist; all explained in Ardagh's inimitable and amusing style. The various branches of archaeology are explained, and it is shown how archaeologists with different skills and expertise work together with experts from other fields - including geologists, biologists and those all-important historians - to help create a better understanding of our ancestors, whatever part of the world they might have lived in. With a glossary of terms in the back, and a section on the stories behind the most famous discoveries, this is a must for amateur archaeologists, young and old.

Why are Castles Castle-Shaped? 100 1/2 Questions about Castles Answered

Why are Castles Castle-Shaped? 100 1/2 Questions about Castles Answered

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/06/2002

Philip Ardagh has a passion for history. During his numerous children's events over the years, he has been asked just about every conceivable question about castles and life in medieval times. Here he answers his favourite (printable) ones, in a similar style that made his book Did Dinosaurs Snore? a monster hit with pre-history fans. Everything from alchemy to the Crusades are covered in this entertaining and informative book, from 'Who built castles?','Where did everyone sleep?' and 'What's a lady's favour?' to the more obscure 'Did they have baths?' and 'Did they have toilet paper?'. There are black and white illustrations throughout as well as fascinating fact boxes and quick quizzes to test what you have learned. The reference section includes timelines, and a glossary and index. If the answer doesn't lie somewhere between these covers, then it probably isn't a castle question worth asking.

Dreadful Acts Awful End Book 2

Dreadful Acts Awful End Book 2

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2001

Eddie Dickens continues his hilarious adventures in the second book in this best-selling trilogy, hailed by the Guardian as 'a scrumptious cross between Dickens and Monty Python.' Eddie Dickens narrowly avoids an explosion, a hot-air balloon and arrest, only to find himself falling head-over-heels for a girl with a face like a camel's, and into the hands of a murderous gang of escaped convicts who have 'one little job for him to do'.

Awful End

Awful End

Author: Philip Ardagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/10/2000

When both of Eddie Dickens's parents catch a disease that makes them turn yellow, go a bit crinkly round the edges and smell of hot water bottles, it's agreed he should go and stay with relatives at their house Awful End. Unfortunately for Eddie, those relatives are Mad Uncle Jack and Even-Madder Aunt Maud, and it doesn't look as if the three of them are ever going to reach their destination . . . Set in a 19th-century world of blotchy skin, runaway orphans, and a stuffed stoat called Malcolm, this wonderfully ridiculous adventure story was Philip Ardagh's first full-length work of fiction and provides pure entertainment for children aged 8-80. Also available on Faber Penguin Audiobooks.

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