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James Campbell - Author

About the Author

Soon after discovering he could not be a duck James Campbell decided to make children laugh for a living. He now travels around primary schools and literary festivals, telling funny stories and encouraging children to write their own stuff.

James has been on the BBC1 show, Child of Our Time, and CBBC's Blue Peter, where he taught children how to craft their own jokes. Kids love him so much that he has his own Comedy4Kids show called The Funny Thing About... where he talks about this hilarious new book. 

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The Funny Life of Football

The Funny Life of Football

Author: James Campbell Illustrator: Rob Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/08/2022

A hilarious fact and fiction hybrid from bestselling author and stand-up comic James Campbell, who has visited over 3,000 primary schools to tell stories and encourage children to write their own. Want to know why OCTOPUSES can't play football? And how to play the game across multiple DIMENSIONS? How about learning the REAL RULES of how football is played, why Henry VIII banned it, plus where it came from and who the greatest players of ALL TIME are? Whether you love a game of TABLE FOOTBALL, can't get enough of BACK-GARDEN BALL, only enjoy the game from your SOFA or would sooner swim with sharks than play it, if you LOVE to LAUGH - then this is the book for you! But be warned - this is NOT a normal book. You can read it forwards, backwards, sideways and in approximately 861,000 different ways in between. From comedian extraordinaire James Campbell, get ready to laugh your BUTT off to a silly book filled with funny stories, partly-true facts and hilarious pictures that will make you think twice about the game everyone thinks they know so well.

The Funny Life of Sharks

The Funny Life of Sharks

Author: James Campbell Illustrator: Rob Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2020

A hilarious book from bestselling author and stand-up comic James Campbell, who has visited over 3,000 primary schools to tell stories and encourage children to write their own. Ever wondered why sharks have such a bad reputation? Are they dangerous, human-munching monsters? Or have we got it all wrong? In fact, only SIX people get attacked by sharks every year across the WHOLE WORLD. And how many sharks are eaten by humans every year? ONE HUNDRED MILLION! So maybe sharks are more afraid of us ... Take a deep dive into the ridiculously funny life of sharks (and some things that have nothing to do with sharks but are still splendidly funny) according to James Campbell, comedian extraordinaire. This face-achingly funny book will also teach you about great white sharks, tiger sharks and hammerhead sharks, just how incredibly old sharks are, and why sharks are SO important for the environment and how to look after them. So, whether you're seriously afraid of sharks or love them so much you want to invite a shark to your next birthday party, this HILARIOUS book is for you. Prepare to roll around the floor laughing with the snot-inducingly brilliant The Funny Life of Sharks, with side-splittingly funny illustrations from Rob Jones.

The Funny Life of Teachers

The Funny Life of Teachers

Author: James Campbell Illustrator: Rob Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

A hilarious book from bestselling author and stand-up comic James Campbell, who has visited over 3,000 primary schools to tell stories and encourage children to write their own. Uncover the ridiculously funny life of teachers (and some things that have nothing to do with teachers but are still splendidly funny) according to James Campbell, comedian extraordinaire. Ever wondered what teachers do when they're not in the classroom? Are they undercover detectives, champion roller-blade dancers or do they spend their evenings playing with their 576 cats? This face-achingly funny book will also teach you why you should carry an emergency banana with you at all times, how to fart in class silently without anyone knowing it was you and how to catapult yourself to school by building a medieval style catapult in your back garden! Whether you love or loathe your teachers, want to become one when you grow up or don't give two figs about your teacher but simply love a HILARIOUS read, this book is for you. Prepare to roll around the floor laughing with the snot-inducingly brilliant The Funny Life of Teachers. But be warned - this is NOT a normal book. You can read it forwards, backwards, sideways and in approximately 861,000 different ways in between. Whichever way you read it, look no further for fantastic real-life teacher facts, incredibly funny illustrations, imaginary stories and an impossibly silly read!

Boyface and the Power of Three and a Bit

Boyface and the Power of Three and a Bit

Author: James Campbell Illustrator: Mark Weighton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Mr Antelope has disappeared, leaving Boyface Antelope in charge of the stripemongering shop. When Boyface gets a message from his dad, hidden in a message in a bottle, he is determined to go and rescue him. Will Boyface and his friends be able to defeat the evil villain and rescue his dad?

Boyface and the Uncertain Ponies

Boyface and the Uncertain Ponies

Author: James Campbell Illustrator: Mark Weighton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2015

Uncertain Ponies are making the inhabitants of Stoddenage-On-Sea very unhappy. Ponies have turned (back) into zebras, and suspicion is falling on the Antelope family's stripemongering shop as the source of the problem. Could something have gone wrong with the Quantum Chromatic Disruption Machine, and can Boyface Antelope and his friend Clootie Whanger fix it before all of Stoddenage-On-Sea's ponies are affected?

Boyface and the Tartan Badger

Boyface and the Tartan Badger

Author: James Campbell Illustrator: Mark Weighton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2014

Boyface Antelope has been given a tartan badger for his tenth birthday. As everyone knows, tartan badgers are the worst pets in the world: they live for up to forty years, you can never give them away, they smell of lemony hospitals and need walking twice a day. And one of those times must be in the middle of the night. But even so, when the tartan badger is stolen Boyface enlists the help of his friend Clootie to get him back. But who could the thief be? The only clue is a red clown nose ...

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