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Francesca Simon - Author

About the Author

Francesca Simon was born in St Louis, Missouri, grew up in California, and attended both Yale and Oxford Universities, where she specialised in Medieval Studies.
She worked as a freelance journalist, writing for the Sunday Times, Guardian, Mail on Sunday, Telegraph, and Vogue (US) and after her son Joshua was born in 1989, she started writing children’s books full time. One of the UK’s best-selling children’s writers, Francesca has published over 50 books, including the immensely popular HORRID HENRY series, which has now sold over fifteen milllion copies.

Francesca won the Children’s Book of the Year in 2008 at the British Book Awards for Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman. HORRID HENRY is published in 24 countries and is also an animated CITV series. She lives in London with her husband, son, and Tibetan Spaniel, Shanti.


If you'd like to know a bit more about Horrid Henry click here to read a letter from the author.

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Featured books by Francesca Simon

Cannibal Curse

Cannibal Curse

5+ readers

Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Tony Ross Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 16/07/2015

The final collection of four brand new utterly horrid stories in which Horrid Henry triumphantly reveals his guide to perfect parents, reads an interesting book about a really naughty boy, and conjures up the cannibal's curse to deal with his enemies and small, annoying brother. Horrid Henry is illustrated by Tony Ross, who also illustrates David Walliams' children's books, as well as his own picture books. Read by Miranda Richardson

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Cannibal Curse

Cannibal Curse

5+ readers

Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Tony Ross Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 16/07/2015

The final collection of four brand new utterly horrid stories in which Horrid Henry triumphantly reveals his guide to perfect parents, reads an interesting book about a really naughty boy, and conjures up the cannibal's curse to deal with his enemies and small, annoying brother. Horrid Henry is illustrated by Tony Ross, who also illustrates David Walliams' children's books, as well as his own picture books. Read by Miranda Richardson

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Horrid Henry's Cannibal Curse

Horrid Henry's Cannibal Curse

5+ readers

Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Tony Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/07/2015

The final collection of four brand new utterly horrid stories; Horrid Henry's Bake-Off sees Henry and Margaret go head-to-head in a hotly contested baking competition, Henry triumphantly reveals his top tips in Horrid Henry's Extra Horrid Guide to Perfect Parents, he reads an interesting book about Evil Evie, a really naughty girl not too dissimilar to himself in Horrid Henry's Bad Book, and conjures up an ancient cannibal's curse to deal with his enemies and small, annoying brother in Horrid Henry's Cannibal Curse. Horrid Henry is illustrated by Tony Ross, who also illustrates David Walliams' children's books, as well as his own picture books.

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Horrid Henry's Big Bad Puzzle Book

Horrid Henry's Big Bad Puzzle Book

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Tony Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2015

A big, bad puzzle book - 64 pages of wordsearches, mazes, jokes and more, featuring everyone's favourite naughty little boy, Horrid Henry.

Horrid Henry Shows Who's Boss

Horrid Henry Shows Who's Boss

5+ readers

Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Tony Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/10/2011

Ideal as a gift, this edition includes ten popular stories about Horrid Henry and his brother Perfect Pete including favourites such as Horrid Henry and the TV Remote as well as an extract from his diary, a list of Henry’s Horrid bedtime thoughts and fact file of Henry’s Top Triumphs – each one more dastardly than the one before.   

Other books by Francesca Simon

Horrid Henry: School Stinks

Horrid Henry: School Stinks

Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Tony Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/08/2021

Number One for Fiendish Fun! Join Henry in a bumper edition of mayhem with this completely wicked collection of six of his best school stories! Have a mischievous school year with Horrid Henry! This book contains six naughty school stories about a disastrous talent show, a brand new teacher and a nudie foodie! Plus loads of fun activities and jokes to keep Horrid Henry fans busy. An irresistible introduction to reading for pleasure - the perfect gift for Horrid Henry fans everywhere.

Horrid Henry: Big Book of Boredom Busters Activity Book

Horrid Henry: Big Book of Boredom Busters Activity Book

Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Tony Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2021

Number One for fiendish fun! Banish boredom with Horrid Henry in this bumper activity book. Packed full of gruesome games, cool code breakers, rude jokes, mischievous mazes and much much more, this activity book has something for everyone. Find out how to make more pocket money, fool your family and start a food fight. Just make sure there aren't any tell-tale Perfect Peter's hanging around ...

Horrid Henry's Gold Medal Games Colouring, Puzzles and Activities

Horrid Henry's Gold Medal Games Colouring, Puzzles and Activities

Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Tony Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2021

Go for gold with this utterly wicked and totally brilliant Olympics-themed colouring and puzzle book from bestselling author Francesca Simon, illustrated by David Walliams artist, Tony Ross. Full of gruesome games, puzzles and activities, plus a range of sporting scenes to colour, Horrid Henry's Gold Medal Games also features his fiendish friends and evil enemies. Offering Horrid Henry fans hours of fun, this interactive colouring book features a brand new collection of black and white illustrations from the artist of bestselling David Walliams' novels, Tony Ross.

Where's Horrid Henry Colouring Book

Where's Horrid Henry Colouring Book

Author: Francesca Simon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/05/2021

A fun-packed Horrid Henry colouring book, stuffed with tricky things to search for and find, and filled with pages of Horrid Henry chaos to colour in! Go mad with 32 pages of fiendish things to spot and colour in - join Henry and his friends (and evilest enemies!) on their awesome adventures - from birthday parties and camping trips to hiding out at a spooky haunted house. With pages of illustrated Horrid Henry scenes to colour in, this is the perfect boredom-busting book! Get creative with Horrid Henry!

Horrid Henry: Fright Night

Horrid Henry: Fright Night

Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Tony Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Number One for Fiendish Fun! Get ready for a bumper edition of mayhem with this totally awesome collection of six favourite Horrid Henry stories! Have a ghoulishly spooky halloween with Horrid Henry! This book contains six scary stories about things that go bump in the night, plus tons of fun jokes and activity pages to keep Horrid Henry fans of all ages entertained for hours. An irresistible introduction to reading for pleasure - the perfect gift for Horrid Henry fans everywhere.

Horrid Henry: Midsummer Madness

Horrid Henry: Midsummer Madness

Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Tony Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2020

Number One for Fiendish Fun! Get ready for a bumper edition of mayhem with this totally awesome collection of six favourite Horrid Henry stories! Spend your summer holidays with Horrid Henry! This book contains six favourite stories, plus lots of fun jokes and activity pages to keep Horrid Henry fans of all ages entertained for hours. An irresistible introduction to reading for pleasure - the perfect gift for Horrid Henry fans everywhere.

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