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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.


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Featured books by Francesca Simon

Cannibal Curse

Cannibal Curse

5+ readers

Author: Francesca Simon 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 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 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 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 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: Holiday Horrors

Horrid Henry: Holiday Horrors

Author: Francesca Simon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

Number One for Fiendish Fun! Get up to mischief with Horrid Henry in this brilliant bind up of his best holiday themed stories! Keep busy in the school holidays with Horrid Henry! This book contains six of Henry's most horrible holiday 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.

Two Terrible Vikings

Two Terrible Vikings

Author: Francesca Simon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

Francesca Simon had so much fun writing about two truly awful vikings she has decided to take the pair, now older, on further adventures - pitching the stories squarely at the Horrid Henry readership. Set in the snowy fjords of a Viking kingdom, the terrible pair are adored by their proud parents for causing havoc and demonstrating that they are the very best worst vikings. But of course, behaving appallingly often goes wrong: getting lost and ransacking their own village by mistake, ruining birthday parties and upsetting your friends . . . With whip-smart dialogue, and accompanied by Dennis the Menace style anarchic cartoon imagery, this series is as sharp, funny and compelling as you would expect from the reigning Queen of Comedy.

Horrid Henry Early Reader: Horrid Henry Tricks the Tooth Fairy Book 22

Horrid Henry Early Reader: Horrid Henry Tricks the Tooth Fairy Book 22

Author: Francesca Simon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/12/2020

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey. Horrid Henry can't stand it when Perfect Peter loses a tooth before him. Why should Peter get a pound from the Tooth Fairy and not Henry? And then Henry has a brilliant idea. He will trick the Tooth Fairy.

Horrid Henry: Fright Night

Horrid Henry: Fright Night

Author: Francesca Simon 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 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.

Horrid Henry Early Reader: Horrid Henry's Newspaper

Horrid Henry Early Reader: Horrid Henry's Newspaper

Author: Francesca Simon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Number One for Fiendish Fun! This full-colour Early Reader brings the utterly horrid and totally brilliant Horrid Henry series to a new generation of readers! Learn to read with Horrid Henry! Each Early Reader contains vibrant full-colour illustrations and age-appropriate text developed in conjunction with Early Years Reading Consultants. An irresistible introduction to reading for pleasure.

Horrid Henry Early Reader: Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman Book 33

Horrid Henry Early Reader: Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman Book 33

Author: Francesca Simon Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 05/11/2019

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey. Frosty Freeze, the best ice cream makers ever, are having a Best Snowman Competition - and the prize is a year's supply of free ice cream. Hmmm boy, Henry can already taste it! Henry knows that only he deserves to win - but can he defeat Moody Margaret? And what will he do when worm Peter decides that he wants to join in?

Horrid Henry: Spooky Spectacular

Horrid Henry: Spooky Spectacular

Author: Francesca Simon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Number One for Fiendish Fun! Get ready for a bumper edition of mayhem with this totally awesome collection of six favourite Horrid Henry stories! An irresistible introduction to reading for pleasure - the perfect gift for Horrid Henry fans everwhere.

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