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Steven Butler is the Roald Dahl Funny Prize shortlisted author of The Wrong Pong series, The Nothing to See Here Hotel and The Diary of Dennis the Menace series. He's also an actor, dancer and trained aerialist as well as a keen observer of trolls and their disgusting habits. His Primary school headmaster was the fantastically funny author Jeremy Strong.
James Patterson is the bestselling author of the highly-praised Middle School books, Kenny Wright: Superhero, Homeroom Diaries, Jacky Ha-Ha, Word of Mouse, and the I Funny, House of Robots and Treasure Hunters, series. A film based on the first book in the Middle School series is now available on Netflix. His books have sold more than 365 million copies worldwide, making him one of the biggest-selling authors of all time. He sponsored the World Book Day Award in 2015 and 2016, giving schools the chance to win a share of £50,000 to buy books for their library. He has also so far donated £500,000 to UK independent book shops in partnership with The Bookseller’s Association, funding everything from new carpets and shelves to innovative schemes to get children reading. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.
You'll never guess what, my person-pal... I'M GOING TO HOLLYWOOD! And, what's even better? All my best mutt-mates are coming with me! But my dreams of being talent-spotted while walking down streets paved with sausage meat don't quite come true... And when the vacation takes a VERY unexpected turn, I'll need to find a way to escape a LIVING NIGHTMARE and get us all home!
December 2018 Book of the Month | Irrepressible young dog Junior is back with a dog’s-eye view of Christmas, or as he knows it Crisp-Mouth.This will be his first Crisp-Mouth, but he’s heard all about it from one of the old dogs at the dog’s home, and now settled with the Khatchadorians is very excited at the prospect of filling his mouth with canine crispy crackers! His enthusiasm knows no bounds, and it proves a real struggle to be good, especially as Junior consistently gets things WRONG… Junior’s breathless narrative style and Richard Wilson’s illustrations make this super-readable, and newly confident readers will love this funny story and its bouncy, endlessly optimistic narrator.
June 2018 Book of the Month | | Narrated at breathless speed by super-excited puppy Junior, this new series is spot-on for newly confident readers. Junior’s honest, direct, puppy’s-eye-view account of his life with new owner Ruff Catch-a-bone (aka much-loved Patterson character Rafe Khatchadorian) is one of non-stop domestic drama. Junior’s enthusiasm for life is catching, and it’s impossible not to be completely caught up in his descriptions of his daily activities. Excitement comes in the form of puppy-obedience training, and reaches a climax at a local dog show. Junior’s future depends on him winning a prize, which he does, but in a typically funny and unexpected way. Great fun, and super-readable too, helped by well-spaced, large type and Richard Watson’s comic illustrations.