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Simon Bartram - Author

About the Author

Simon was our Guest Editor in September 2010. Click here to see all his selections.

Simon Bartram is one of the most talented picture book illustrators and authors working today.  He realised very early on that he wanted to be an illustrator as he always loved drawing and was an avid consumer of comics. His  first illustration was for Roy of the Rovers when he was eleven.  He graduated from Birmingham Polytechnic with a  first class degree in illustration in 1990, and his art style is heavily in uenced by artists such as Peter Blake, Stanley Spencer and Reg Cartwright.  Simon has been shortlisted for several major illustration awards including The Mother Goose in 1999 and the Kate Greenaway Award twice.

This is what the Art Director at Templar, his publisher, has said about him:

'Simon is wonderfully bonkers, and as British as a mini pork pie.  he is a unique voice in children's publishing and his books have a refreshingly 'real' heart and natural character.  He's one of the best British illustrators in the universe!'

Simon is a mad keen football fan and supporter of Sunderland. He lives in
Newcastle with his wife Nicola and their son.  Simon’s other books for Templar include: Pumpkin Moon, A Winter’s Tale, Dougal’s Deep-Sea Diary, The Alien Spotters Guide and Watch Out for Sprouts.

Featured books by Simon Bartram

Other books by Simon Bartram

Reading Planet - Billy Builds Something Big - Green: Galaxy

Reading Planet - Billy Builds Something Big - Green: Galaxy

Author: Simon Bartram Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2018

Billy has no time or space to play football with his friends - he is building something big in his shed! Billy's project quickly increases in size so he has to move it from one bigger location to the next. Where will Billy's Something Big finally end up and what on earth is it? Billy Builds Something Big is part of the Galaxy range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Galaxy provides captivating fiction and non-fiction for Pink A to White band. The rich collection of highly decodable books immerses children in a range of cross-curricular topics and genres. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 5-6 years

Rufus

Rufus

Author: Simon Bartram Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/03/2018

Rufus is a monster. But he doesn't feel like a Tip-Top monster. Every monster book he's read says that monsters are supposed to scare Peoply People and there aren't any of those in his desert. Rufus decides that there is only one thing for it. He's going to have to find a Peoply Person to scare. But where in the world are they all hiding? The bestselling author of Man on the Moon and Bob's Best Ever Friend returns with a new, stink-tastic character.

Rufus

Rufus

Author: Simon Bartram Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2018

Rufus is a monster. But he doesn't feel like a Tip-Top monster. Every monster book he's read says that monsters are supposed to scare Peoply People and there aren't any of those in his desert. Rufus decides that there is only one thing for it. He's going to have to find a Peoply Person to scare. But where in the world are they all hiding? The bestselling author of Man on the Moon and Bob's Best Ever Friend returns with a new, stink-tastic character.

Bob's Lunar Adventures

Bob's Lunar Adventures

Author: Simon Bartram Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

Get ready for hours of Bob fun with this collection of his finest fiction adventures. Includes the books - Clone Chaos, A Right Royal Disaster, The Disappearing Moon, The Heartless Robots and Bob's Film Fiasco.

Reading Planet - We Won the Cup! - Blue: Galaxy

Reading Planet - We Won the Cup! - Blue: Galaxy

Author: Simon Bartram Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2016

It's the cup final and Liam has just scored the winning goal! Now it's time to take the photo of the winning team with the trophy, but somebody is missing ... We can't take the photo without EVERYONE who helped the team to win! We Won the Cup! is part of the Galaxy range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Galaxy provides captivating fiction and non-fiction for Pink A to White band. The rich collection of highly decodable books immerses children in a range of cross-curricular topics and genres. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 5-6 years

The Curse of the Were-fleas

The Curse of the Were-fleas

Author: Simon Bartram Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2014

When a big, hairy asteroid clips Bob's beloved Moon, it takes him and his dog, Barry, ages to clear up the itchy dust. Next morning Bob finds the itching is worse, and he has a strange hunger for - meat! Under a microscope all becomes clear - the dust was actually thousands of WEREFLEAS, travelling across the galaxy, turning planets and asteroids into hairy, scary, werewolf-infested places with their cursed bite! Can Bob save the Moon from the same fate, especially if he's feeling hair-raisingly unusual himself? Luckily he has Barry to help him canine-to-canine!

Up For The Cup

Up For The Cup

Author: Simon Bartram Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2014

The ultimate picture book for complete and utter football nutters! Charlie and his dad are utter football nutters, and they are especially nutty about their team - Seaburn City. So when their star player has his pre-match good luck ritual (featuring alphabet spaghetti) saboutaged just before the cup final, they're determined to put things right. Luckily, a vintage tin of alphabet spaghetti and quick thinking on the part of Charlie save the day.

Bob's Film Fiasco Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures

Bob's Film Fiasco Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures

Author: Simon Bartram Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2013

When Bob becomes an overnight Moon-Tube sensation, Hollywood comes calling. They want to make a movie about him and turn the moon into a Moon Land amusement park. But things quickly get out of hand; the actor playing Bob looks nothing like him, Bob can't even get a job as Bob in the Moon Land astro-park, and his beloved moon is besieged by space rubbish and fast food junk. Can Bob unravel this fiasco and get things sorted in time for a cuppa? Only with a little help from his friends (and aliens) and some trademark Bob ingenuity...

Bob and the Moon Tree Mystery

Bob and the Moon Tree Mystery

Author: Simon Bartram Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2012

When Bob, the Man on the Moon, spots a strange seed bouncing along the surface of the Moon, little does he know that it will grow overnight into the first ever Moontree! Earth tourists (especially the lumberjacks) come to try to get a piece of Moontree, but Bob keeps them at bay (oblivious to the alien assistance he's getting). Only when things start to get really shocking (or should we say shaking?) do we discover the secret of the Moontree - it's seeds are actually eggs, each one containing a baby alien!

Bob and the Moontree Mystery

Bob and the Moontree Mystery

Author: Simon Bartram Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2012

Celebrate the 15th anniversary of the creation of Bob, Man on the Moon, with this special edition. Enjoy the stunning artwork Simon Bartram has become famous for. Bob is everyone's favourite man on the moon, follow him on his crazy adventures. Bob knows everything there is to know about the moon and space, but the new tree that has started growing on the moon has him baffled. Where could it have come from? What type of tree is it?

Bob's Best Ever Friend

Bob's Best Ever Friend

Author: Simon Bartram Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/05/2012

This fantastic follow-up to the Blue Peter Award-winning Man on the Moon, features Simon Bartram's inimitable artwork in an exciting new adventure. Bob is feeling glum - his friends Billy and Sam are off mending a puncture in one of Saturn's rings and there are no space tourists to entertain. He daydreams about a best friend - someone to help with intergalactic missions and jigsaw puzzles. Oblivious to alien activity, Bob also doesn't notice the extra - special dog following him. Could the mono-browed canine turn out to be Bob's longed-for best friend?

The Bumper Book of Bob

The Bumper Book of Bob

Author: Simon Bartram Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2011

Discover this fantastic bumper book containing all things Bob! Read a Bob ballad, a brand new mini Lunar Adventure or find out fascinating facts about Bob's friends, enemies, rocket and his special perspective on our Solar system. It's also bursting with pictures to colour in, sticker scenes to make up and variety of puzzles to solve, and if that isn't enough, why not try out Bob's recipe for his cherry buns, famous across the galaxy! This bumper book is a must for fans of the Blue Peter Award-winning series and will draw in those who have yet to meet The Man on the Moon.

Clone Chaos Bob & Barry's Lunar Adventures

Clone Chaos Bob & Barry's Lunar Adventures

Author: Simon Bartram Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2011

Professor Sickle has created a cloning machine so that every space station in the galaxy can have its own super-efficient Bob. Unfortunately, Bob gets mixed up with the clones - when asked, all of them claim to be the real Bob. Worse, every clone wants to work on the Moon, which is soon overrun with overzealous Bobs...

The Heartless Robots

The Heartless Robots

Author: Simon Bartram Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2010

When Bob's design wins first prize in a local astronauts-inventors competition, his design goes into mass production. Soon, every space station will have a Galaxobot - but what will happen when one of Bob's jealous rivals begins to sabotage the robots?

A Right Royal Disaster Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures

A Right Royal Disaster Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures

Author: Simon Bartram Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2010

Every year, Queen Battleaxe picks one unlucky astronaut to host her birthday party and now Bob has the horrible honour The party has to be super-amazing, otherwise the Queen will have the moon towed away. Can Bob stage a birthday bash to remember?

Bob's Best Ever Friend

Bob's Best Ever Friend

Author: Simon Bartram Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2009

Celebrate 15 years of Bob, Man on the Moon with this anniversary edition. Enjoy the stunning artwork Simon Bartram has become famous for. Bob loves working on the moon, but he's lonely and looking for a companion. Will he find a best friend? Will his new friend be everything he was looking for?

The Disappearing Moon Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures

The Disappearing Moon Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures

Author: Simon Bartram Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2009

When the Stupdendous Alacazamo finishes his magic show by making the moon disappear, it looks like Bob might be out of a job! Bob and Barry take off to find out what has happened, and uncover a plot to disguise the moon with paint.

Bob's Best Friend

Bob's Best Friend

Author: Simon Bartram Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/01/2008

It's Bob, the Man on the Moon's birthday - and he's in for a big surprise! Somebody has planned a special day for their favourite Man on the Moon - but who? Bob receives mystery cards and finds presents waiting for him on the moon - but from whom? His friends and family join him for a party in the craters and pose for a portrait; they eat a delicious party lunch and play games; then defy the zero gravity on the bouncy castle - but who could have arranged all of this? Not aliens...surely!

Bob's Alien Spotter Guide

Bob's Alien Spotter Guide

Author: Simon Bartram Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/10/2006

Watch Out for Sprouts!

Watch Out for Sprouts!

Author: Simon Bartram Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

Dry, funny (and occasionally downright odd), this off-the-wall collection of illustrated poems is now available in softback. This collection firmly establishes Simon Bartram as one the most unique and exciting new talents in children's books. Comparisons have been made to Colin McNaughton, Ronald Dahl and John Hegley, but Simon's voice and humour are entirely his own - a new poet for a new generation.

Man on the Moon A Day in the Life of Bob

Man on the Moon A Day in the Life of Bob

Author: Simon Bartram Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 21/05/2005

The everyday story of an ordinary man? Well, sort of, Bob is the man on the moon, and he has a very special job, looking after the moon, cleaning it up, showing visitors around and selling souvenirs.

Dougal's Deep-sea Diary

Dougal's Deep-sea Diary

Author: Simon Bartram Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 30/04/2005

Dougal is unable to see what's going on behind his back. Count the hidden mermaids and mermen guiding Dougal on his search for the lost city of Atlantis.

Dougal's Deep-sea Diary

Dougal's Deep-sea Diary

Author: Simon Bartram Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2005

Man on the Moon a day in the life of Bob

Man on the Moon a day in the life of Bob

Author: Simon Bartram Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2004

2017 is the 15th anniversary of the creation of Bob, Man on the Moon, celebrate with this anniversary edition. Enjoy the stunning artwork Simon Bartram has become famous for. Bob is everyone's favourite man on the moon; follow him on his daily adventures. Bob has a special job - looking after the moon. He keeps it clean and entertains passing space tourists as well as giving guided tours. He knows everything about the moon and that there is definitely no such thing as aliens!

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