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John Kelly - Author

About the Author

John Kelly is an illustrator, writer and designer who has written and illustrated a variety of picture books, young fiction, graphic novels and non-fiction. He has been shortlisted twice for the Kate Greenaway prize and has helped create books for Lucasfilm and Pixar. Originally from the North East of England John now lives in South London. 

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What Do You Do if Your House is a Zoo?

What Do You Do if Your House is a Zoo?

Author: John Kelly, Steph Laberis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2019

Oscar's getting a pet! But which pet should he pick? And what on earth will he do when they all move in? His house is like a zoo! A book for animal lovers BIG and small.

Shhh! I'm Reading!

Shhh! I'm Reading!

Author: John Kelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/02/2019

Shhh! Do not disturb! Bella is busy reading. Please come back when she has finished this UTTERLY AMAZING and TOTALLY INCREDIBLE book! A fantastically funny tale, celebrating imagination and the joy of reading.

Fixer the Robot

Fixer the Robot

Author: John Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2018

Every morning, FIXER robot, trundles up the hill To help the other robots as they dig and push and drill. A charming text that combines a truly heart-wrenching story with mechanical details, sure to enchant every young engineer.

Fixer the Robot

Fixer the Robot

Author: John Kelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/08/2018

Every morning, FIXER robot, trundles up the hill To help the other robots as they dig and push and drill. A charming text that combines a truly heart-wrenching story with mechanical details, sure to enchant every young engineer.

Hibernation Hotel

Hibernation Hotel

Author: John Kelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Can't doze off? Cave too cramped? Friends too loud and whiffy? Then check into a hotel. The Hibernation Hotel! A hilarious book about getting what you want - then discovering what you need. Laura Brenlla brings Bear and his friends to life with gorgeous illustrations in this laugh-out-loud story about friendship from John Kelly (Can I Join Your Club?). Perfect for a bedtime chuckle with little ones who can't get to sleep!

Hibernation Hotel

Hibernation Hotel

Author: John Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Can't doze off? Cave too cramped? Friends too loud and whiffy? Then check into a hotel. The Hibernation Hotel! A hilarious book about getting what you want - then discovering what you need. Laura Brenlla brings Bear and his friends to life with gorgeous illustrations in this laugh-out-loud story about friendship from John Kelly (Can I Join Your Club?). Perfect for a bedtime chuckle with little ones who can't get to sleep!

Sir Scaly Pants and the Dragon Thief

Sir Scaly Pants and the Dragon Thief

Author: John Kelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2017

Sir Scaly Pants the Dragon Knight ALWAYS fights for what's right, but it can be very lonely being the One and Only Dragon Knight. When an evil fire-breathing dragon kidnaps the king, Sir Scaly and his trusty steed, Guinevere, vow to rescue him. Their journey takes them to lands far and wide, and when they finally catch up with the wicked king-napping dragon, Scaly knows he's met his match. But is the evil dragon really as bad as everyone thinks, or can Scaly uncover the truth and finally make a friend? A tale full of peril and pants, this is the second brilliantly funny story featuring Sir Scaly Pants and his trusty steed, Guinevere. From Kate Greenaway Medal-shortlisted illustrator John Kelly.

Sir Scaly Pants and the Dragon Thief

Sir Scaly Pants and the Dragon Thief

Author: John Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2017

Sir Scaly Pants the Dragon Knight ALWAYS fights for what's right, but it can be very lonely being the One and Only Dragon Knight. When an evil fire-breathing dragon kidnaps the king, Sir Scaly and his trusty steed, Guinevere, vow to rescue him. Their journey takes them to lands far and wide, and when they finally catch up with the wicked king-napping dragon, Scaly knows he's met his match. But is the evil dragon really as bad as everyone thinks, or can Scaly uncover the truth and finally make a friend? A tale full of peril and pants, this is the second brilliantly funny story featuring Sir Scaly Pants and his trusty steed, Guinevere. From Kate Greenaway Medal-shortlisted illustrator John Kelly.

Can I Join Your Club?

Can I Join Your Club?

Author: John Kelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/03/2017

Duck wants to join a club. But he needs to be able to ROAR to join Lion Club, or TRUMPET to join Elephant Club. And all he can do is QUACK! What's a Duck to do? Why, set up his own club of course... where everyone is welcome to join! With a laugh-out-loud text from John Kelly and brilliantly quirky illustrations by Steph Laberis, Can I Join Your Club? is a heart-warming story which celebrates the importance of diversity and friendship. Perfect for little ones who are learning to make friends at a new school or nursery.

Munch, Crunch, Pirate Lunch!

Munch, Crunch, Pirate Lunch!

Author: John Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/08/2016

Meet the Beastly Pirates, the munchiest, crunchiest pirates to ever sail the seven seas! If YOU were a pirate, what would you have for lunch? Fish soup? Shark on toast? Not the Beastly Pirates! They like something a little munchier, a little crunchier ... a little more 'piratey'. Join the Beastly Pirates on this awesome piratical adventure, fabulously illustrated by Kate Greenaway Medal shortlisted illustrator, John Kelly.

Munch, Crunch, Pirate Lunch!

Munch, Crunch, Pirate Lunch!

Author: John Kelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/08/2016

Meet the Beastly Pirates, the munchiest, crunchiest pirates to ever sail the seven seas! If YOU were a pirate, what would you have for lunch? Fish soup? Shark on toast? Not the Beastly Pirates! They like something a little munchier, a little crunchier ... a little more 'piratey'. Join the Beastly Pirates on this awesome piratical adventure, fabulously illustrated by Kate Greenaway Medal shortlisted illustrator, John Kelly.

Sir Scaly Pants the Dragon Knight

Sir Scaly Pants the Dragon Knight

Author: John Kelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/09/2015

When a ghastly giant comes crashing through the Kingdom one day, the townsfolk fear for their lives. He's knocking down the buildings! He's breathing his stinky breath all over the place! He's even picking giant bogeys out of his giant nose - he must be stopped! So the King decrees that ALL knights be sent to slay the giant - and whoever succeeds will be knighted BRAVEST IN THE LAND. Enter Sir Scaly Pants (the most unusual knight around) and his trusty steed Guinevere (he most unfit horse around) Will this unlikely duo manage to defeat the greedy, grimy giant? You bet they will! A wildly funny tale of good versus bad perfect for fans of Jonny Duddle.

Sir Scaly Pants the Dragon Knight

Sir Scaly Pants the Dragon Knight

Author: John Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2015

When a ghastly giant comes crashing through the Kingdom one day, the townsfolk fear for their lives. He's knocking down the buildings! He's breathing his stinky breath all over the place! He's even picking giant bogeys out of his giant nose - he must be stopped! So the King decrees that ALL knights be sent to slay the giant - and whoever succeeds will be knighted BRAVEST IN THE LAND. Enter Sir Scaly Pants (the most unusual knight around) and his trusty steed Guinevere (he most unfit horse around) Will this unlikely duo manage to defeat the greedy, grimy giant? You bet they will! A wildly funny tale of good versus bad perfect for fans of Jonny Duddle.

The Beastly Pirates

The Beastly Pirates

Author: John Kelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/02/2015

They're called The Beastly Pirates and this fearsome ugly bunch scour the seas for other pirates they can gobble up for lunch. Beware THE BEASTLY PIRATES - the scariest sailors on the seven seas. They're a cutlass-toting, pirate-eating bunch of renegades and the list of their dastardly deeds is endless. Dare you come to face to face with this motley crew? WARNING: This is most certainly NOT a book for bedtime . . . unless you like your pirates with a bit more bite! Perfect for fans of Jonny Duddle.

The Beastly Pirates

The Beastly Pirates

Author: John Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/02/2015

They're called The Beastly Pirates and this fearsome ugly bunch scour the seas for other pirates they can gobble up for lunch. Beware THE BEASTLY PIRATES - the scariest sailors on the seven seas. They're a cutlass-toting, pirate-eating bunch of renegades and the list of their dastardly deeds is endless. Dare you come to face to face with this motley crew? WARNING: This is most certainly NOT a book for bedtime . . . unless you like your pirates with a bit more bite! Perfect for fans of Jonny Duddle.

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