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Jeremy Strong is a fantastic children's author. His books are side splittingly funny and once you have read one your children will be asking you to get more.
His work has a wide ranging appeal to the 7+ market (5-7s who are keen readers will love them too) especially to boys and tomboys. Jeremy was born in Eltham, South East London in November 1949. He has had a varied career path before becoming an author including jobs as a: Head Teacher, Caretaker, Strawberry Picker, Jam Doughnut Stuffer! His first published book was Smith's Tail in 1978 and he now lives in Kent.
Jeremy’s work is characterised by humour and direct child appeal. The books are packed with tongue in cheek gags and characters and situations that your children will love. He says of himself "My sense of humour got stuck at age ten." He thinks his writing has been influenced most of all by Spike Milligan, but also by falling on his head when he was three years old.
When he was about eighteen he started writing very serious stories for adults, but none of them were published. By the time he was twenty-one he was writing stories for children after realizing that he loved writing funny stories and making people laugh.
Five Things You Didn't Know About Jeremy Strong:
1. Jeremy Strong used to be Headmaster to The Diary of Dennis the Menace author, Steven Butler! Steven thanks Jeremy for helping to turn him from a reluctant reader, to an avid reader and finally a writer.
2. Jeremy's first book was called Smith's Tail and it was about a cat.
3. Jeremy once worked in a bakery, putting the jam into three thousand doughnuts every night.
4. Jeremy started writing stories when he was eight years old. When he was eighteen he started writing very serious stories for adults, but none of them were published. By the time he was twenty-one he was writing stories for children, and quickly realized that he loved writing funny stories and making people laugh.
5. If Jeremy wasn't a writer he would want to play the piano really, really well, or be a terrific artist.
The Children's Book Award 1997 for The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog
The Sheffield Children’s Book Award 1998 (Shorter Novel category) for Pirate Pandemonium
The Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2000 (Shorter Novel category) for Dinosaur Pox
Armadillo and Hare live with their friends in the Big Forest. Hare loves dancing. Armadillo loves cheese sandwiches. Hare loves playing the tuba. Armadillo loves cheese sandwiches. Hare loves his best friend, Armadillo. Armadillo loves Hare - AND cheese sandwiches!
Interest Age 5-8 | In a nutshell: crowd-pleasing penguin story, perfect for newly independent readers Jeremy Strong is a comedy genius, and this his new book for Barrington Stoke’s Little Gems series will have readers in stitches. Nellie Choc-Ice is a Macaroni penguin (look them up!), and her story is full of drama. Frightened by a submarine she jumps onto an iceberg for safety, but then drifts for such a long way that she ends up 12, 430 miles from home at the North Pole. Fortunately, the same submarine that so scared her is there to escort her home. Nellie’s adventure, and particularly the wonderful narrative voice, make this highly entertaining reading while there’s an important environmental message beneath the humour too. ~ Andrea Reece High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all. About the Little Gems series: Little Gems are in a gorgeous new chunky format, with high-spec production including coloured endpapers and jacketed flaps with activities. Additional features include high quality cream paper, Barrington Stoke font and illustrations on every page. They are perfect for 5-8's. These quality stories promote good reading practice for all newly independent readers.
Crazy capers abound in Ancient Rome! Croakbag the amazing talking raven tells the hilarious story of Perilus, the boy charioteer, his unpredictable family and Tiddles, the widdling elephant who's befriended them all. Another irresistible story for fans of David Walliams or David Baddiel, from Jeremy Strong, the original King of Comedy for young readers.
Jeremy Strong knows exactly what will make young readers laugh: eccentric characters; zany plots; plenty of slapstick. Alfie Poppleton is a very sensible young man, in marked contrast to his parents, school teachers, town police force and Mayor, who are some of the silliest people ever to grace the pages of a book. No wonder he’s hailed a genius, and by the end of the story he’s risen to be both Prime Minister and President of France (his actions averted a potential cheese war). Not bad, considering he’s only 8 ¼ and started life named Squeaky Squawker Redface Splurp Bottom by his parents! With short sentences, lots of repetition, and jolly colour illustrations by Jamie Smith, this is just right for newly independent readers. ~ Andrea Reece About the Little Gems series: Little Gems are in a gorgeous new chunky format, with high-spec production including coloured endpapers and jacketed flaps with activities. Additional features include high quality cream paper, Barrington Stoke font and illustrations on every page. They are perfect for 5-8's. These quality stories promote good reading practice for all newly independent readers.
In a Nutshell: silliness – disguises - dogs Jeremy Strong continues to set the standard in comic writing for children and his Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog series is a tour de force of silliness. Trevor’s dog Streaker is behaving as badly as ever and after a particularly unfortunate incident involving Trevor’s dad, a stepladder, wallpaper paste and an escaped chicken called Captain Birdseye, she’s threatened with dog boot camp. Trevor is determined not to let this happen and with his NOT-girlfriend Tina works out a clever plan. Meanwhile, someone is kidnapping dogs, the fancier, the better. The plot proceeds at the kind of speed even Streaker would be pushed to match and this is joyfully, inspiringly ludicrous. Fans will be more than satisfied.
Jeremy Strong knows just how to pitch a story to junior readers and the three different adventures in this collection have all his hallmarks: exaggerated characters; bags of slapstick; fast, furious storytelling that still leaves children with something to think about. Pudding Lane Primary, as explained in the first story, is the proud owner of a pet ostrich, Iris aka Mad Iris. Iris is prone to get up close with things she likes (telephones, children) and doesn’t like (Pudding Lane’s football rivals, unpleasant school inspectors) and opportunities for fun are all explored! At the same time, Strong describes a budding KS2 romance, comments on today’s over-anxious parenting, and has a go at current teaching dogma. Sarah Horne’s illustrations catch the method in the madness and this is a star addition to Barrington Stoke’s excellent Conkers series. ~ Andrea Reece The Conkers imprint has quickly and successfully established itself: offering the very best authors and illustrators, all heavily illustrated throughout, in a range of gorgeous formats.
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2015 - Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8Firm favourite Mad Iris returns for a third madcap adventure involving OFSTED inspectors and an out-of-control school mascot in this laugh-out-loud comedy from a superstar children’s book author who interestingly was a Head Teacher in an earlier life! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+ Barrington Stoke is the foremost publisher of dyslexia friendly books and those for reluctant readers. Here on Lovereading4kids we are constantly selecting new titles and refreshing our special dyslexia friendly category. Click here to view our current selection which is broken down by age range.
Perilus is a Roman boy who is crazy about chariot racing. He loves to practise in his own homemade chariot (pulled by the family goat) and dreams of riding in the Circus Maximus himself one day. But when Perilus's hero, the brilliant charioteer Scorcha , goes missing on the day of the big race, Perilus finds his wish coming true sooner than he'd imagined! A laugh-out-loud story from King of Comedy Jeremy Strong.
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Bestselling Jeremy Strong wittily dreams up the perfect way for Frankie to see off the school bullies. Frankie would like school – except that everyone teases him just because he is so tall. Changing schools seems like a good idea but what will Monster School be like? Frankie soon finds himself at one of the strangest schools ever – and that’s the teachers! After a hilarious week at Monster School, Frankie knows how to turn into a werewolf, remove his own head and behave like a vampire. What will his old class mates think when he shows them his new skills? A laugh-out-loud tale of blood, guts and monsters! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+ Barrington Stoke is the foremost publisher of dyslexia friendly books and those for reluctant readers. Here on Lovereading4kids we are constantly selecting new titles and refreshing our special dyslexia friendly category.Click here to view our current selection which is broken down by age range.
Ideal for children aged 7+ this is a perfect holiday read from the King of comedy that is full of slapstick humour and laugh-out-loud adventure. When Streaker goes on her summer holidays, hilarious misadventures aren't far behind as he runs like a jet-propelled hurricane wherever she goes along with her new found canine friend. But much to their surprise they're not the only ones causing chaos in the campsite. Someone is up to no good and it's up to Streaker and her erstwhile companion to save the day. A Message from Jeremy Strong “If I've had any hopes for writing they have been mostly concerned with helping young children become readers for life, whilst at the same time giving myself the double joy of making them laugh and getting paid for it! For me, thereâ€Ÿs no better job. I have been very fortunate to get this far, fortunate with both my readers and my publishers to whom I am most grateful. It's a disconcerting feeling, and an exciting one too, to know that you've published a hundred titles for children. I find myself sitting here thinking: how on earth did all that happen? When did I do all that? I have spent the last thirty seven years writing and publishing, nevertheless it certainly doesn't feel like thirty seven years. Ten feels more like it, and even that seems a lot.”
Interest age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Best-selling Jeremy Strong tells a dramatic story of a monkey on the loose. When Chuckle Bob escapes from the pet shop, he has no idea just how difficult it is to live on his own. There’s nothing to eat and nowhere warm to sleep! Luckily, Daniel and Jessica find Chuckle Bob in the woods and take him to safety. But will they be able to keep him? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 8+
Interest Age 8 - 12 Reading Age 8+. Ghosts and history whizz through this hilarious story. Luke hates most things that happen at school – and he especially hates history. When his teacher sets the class a project to do on the Victorians he knows he is not going to enjoy it! But then Luke is visited by a ghost while he is in the bath (that’s pretty embarrassing!) and he soon finds out that history isn’t boring after all… Jeremy Strong is Barrington Stoke’s reading hero for 2012. Look out for events and competitions throughout the year. Mairi Kidd, MD of specialist publisher Barrington Stoke, says, “Jeremy Strong is a key advocate for the role of humour in education, and particularly in getting children reading. We are huge fans here at Barrington Stoke and are delighted not only to be publishing two new titles this month, but also to celebrate Jeremy’s amazing efforts for our readers over the years with a relaunch of much-loved backlist titles. To up the fun factor, we’ve also decided to make the jackets of The Ghost in the Bath and Living with Vampires glow in the dark!” To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here. A Dyslexia Friendly title.
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. Family problems of an unusual kind make life complicated for Kevin. With vampires for parents, he does his best to control them but things can’t help getting out of hand… Blood is their favourite drink so it isn’t surprising that they attack his teacher and, if he’s not careful, will cause very serious damage at the school disco. The adventures of Kevin’s original family are wildly funny. Without exception dyslexia-friendly books published by Barrington Stoke get off to an exciting start and maintain the impetus throughout, with a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter. The plot is clear, the characters appealing and there are plenty of visual clues, as dyslexics like to run a story like a video in their heads. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here. A Dyslexia Friendly title.
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. There’s plenty of gory humour as Vlad frets about his school parents' evening. Having vampire parents makes Vlad’s evening a night to worry about. While Mrs Fottle, his teacher, thinks Vlad’s pictures of his parents are just a little too bloodthirsty, Vlad knows that he is only painting a true likeness. And, at parents' evening, it doesn’t take Mrs Frottle long to find out the truth the hard way.…Jeremy Strong keeps readers laughing – even when the blood flows. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here. A Dyslexia Friendly title.
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. Refreshed and repackaged version of a bestselling title. A fantastic comedy featuring the maddest ostrich on the planet! A crazy ostrich wreaks havoc at Ross and Katie's school. Mad Iris doesn't like the ostrich farm. She likes Pudding Lane School much better! But the men from the ostrich farm are hot on her trail - It's up to Ross and Katie to rescue her!
Interest Age 7+ Reading Age 8+It's the Cup Final and Pudding Lane are set to win. They have Mad Iris as their mascot! But what will they do when - Mad Iris goes Missing? A new adventure with the maddest ostrich on the planet. New package for the fun sequel to Mad Iris from the King of comedy.
Interest Age 7+ Reading Age 7+. A fun comedy about a girl and a very special horse - the smallest horse in the world! Swan calls Bella mean names and shows off about her parents' money. She says she has a pool, and dolphins, and a horse. But Bella has a horse too - a very odd little horse! A charming comedy from bestseller Jeremy Strong.
The world’s fastest and best-selling dog Streaker is back going for gold in the town’s Animal Games. Surely he’s a shoe-in? But there’s one problem. Although Streaker is fast, he is also, according to Mum, less obedient than a carrot. Streaker needs some serious training and Trevor has to work hard to get him to stick to the course. In doing so, Trevor and his friend Tina uncover a plot to put their hero in the real Games off his course… It’s a hurtlingly good read for those training to enjoy the Olympics. The Lovereading Comment: A great story which is so fall of belly laughs be sure to be sitting securely so you can't fall over! Jeremy Strong's brilliant books have been responsible for getting more young kids reading thn almost any other. Visit Jeremy Strong's website for more about this hilarious author, including the Krazy Klub fanclub - click here.
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Loads of laughs in this new series from best-selling author Jeremy Strong. Casper’s new teacher says everyone in the class is a superhero and together thy can fight injustice. Casper uses his drawing talent to become the Cartoon Kid. Teaming up with his class mates they wage war on their deadly enemies who are lead by Masher in three hilarious battles which they win through all kinds of cunning trickery!
Best-selling Jeremy Strong tells another uproariously funny story about the unusual and unpredictable goings on in Nicholas’s unruly family. This time it is nearly Christmas but, with Dad losing his job, it doesn’t look as if the family will be doing much laughing. As ever, Nicholas thinks of some ingenious plans which, as before, include making use of his brother’s famous bottom.
Chosen as the Puffin Modern Classic 1990 - 1999 Featuring a boy, an extremely fast family pet dog and a bet, this is very definitely laugh-out-loud funny and chock full of action and adventure during what might otherwise have been a rather boring summer holiday. Reading this will certainly bring more than just a smile to those who read it. Fantastic. And, don’t forget if you enjoy this one the super-fast dog and his friend return in a further adventure, The Return of the Hundred Mile An Hour Dog. Click here to see more hilarious Jeremy Strong titles...
Hilarious fun which will entertain all children who find their parents embarrassing. Heathrow (born in the Arrivals area at the famous airport) tells the story of struggling with parents who are determined to find fame and be on telly. Every one of their ideas for attracting the TV's interest is more ridiculous and toe-curlingly embarrassing than the one before. Finally, by mistake and thanks to Heathrow, their dream comes true! This is just one of a number of Pocket Money Puffins. To view others click here.
Loads of laughter for readers from comic master writer Jeremy Strong. Batpants is his new creation, a madcap story of high jinks as Finn, Zac and Tilly learn to live with a pet orang-utan. Batpants is just part of the family to the three children as she arrived when only a baby but her behaviour makes them a family with a BIG difference! Things get even more hilarious than usual when the whole family go off to watch Mum on a film shoot and Batpants decides to play a bigger part than expected! Click here to view loads of other titles written by one of the greatest comic children’s writers of our time.
Nicholas and his family are hatching eggs for his school's Easter Fair. But the eggs keep going missing and their new rabbits, Saucepan and Nibblewibble, are causing havoc in the garden. Perhaps Cilla, their nosy new neighbor, is even more trouble than she seems. Other titles by Jeremy Strong include The Hundred-mile-an-hour Dog, Krazy Kow Saves the World - Well Almost, Beware! Killer Tomatoes, A Very Fishy Battle, Lost! The Hundred Mile-an-hour Dog, My Brother's Famous Bottom Goes Camping, Wow! 366, Jeremy Strong's Laugh-your-socks-off Joke Book and many more...
Tony Lightspeed is always bringing home sick and injured animals, so when he turns up with an unconscious man dressed from head to tie in rather stinky bandages, his family aren't too surprised. But then they discover that the man is an ancient Egyptian pharaoh named Sennapod, who has been dead for over 4,000 years. Brought back to life by two dastardly grave robbers, Sennapod is on the run. Can he persuade the Lightspeeds to help him?
Another hilarious adventure for Nicholas and his accident prone family! A camping holiday sounds great but what about the pets that are coming too? How will the family - and the other campers - survive such disruption! Click here to see more hilarious Jeremy Strong titles.
Already the heroine of many hilarious stories Streaker, so named for her exceptional speed, gives another hilarious dog’s-eye view of the strange world of humans. When Streaker sees some pies unguarded in the back of a pie van, she is determined to protect them. But then the van takes off and soon Streaker is miles from home and completely lost. Will she ever get back to her adorable pups and to Trevor, her kind if hopeless two-legged owner? A fast paced thriller full of crazy moments. Other titles featuring Streaker include The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog and Return of the Hundred Mile an Hour Dog Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Award for ‘the funniest story with pictures’. Click here to see more hilarious Jeremy Strong titles...
It is true that author Jeremy Strong knows just how to make children laugh. This book follows the hilarious exploits of the pirates at pirate school and the theft of their food! In a chaotic plan involving dolphins and other sympathetic sea-life, can the pirates get their grub back? Jeremy Strong won the Children's Book Award in 1997 with his book ‘The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog’ and you can see why with his unique brand of ridiculousness. Click here to see more hilarious Jeremy Strong titles...
This is Jeremy's brand new monstrously funny novel. Jack has a knack of getting into trouble. After an encounter with a pyramid of tinned tomatoes in the supermarket he ends up in hospital, stuck on his back with his leg in traction. Surely he’ll be safe from further disaster tied down like that? But nothing is ever so simple for Jack and he’s soon at the centre of another set of hilarious, headlong adventures. Click here to see more hilarious Jeremy Strong titles...
Krazy Kow, eco-warrior and super-hero is the brilliant invention of one of the funniest authors around. I’ve yet to understand why there has been no Krazy Kow follow-up to this one because for those Jeremy Strong aficionados I’ve spoken to, she’s the best all-action hero you could ever wish to meet. Wonderful descriptions of her efforts to save the planet are particularly relevant in today’s world too! Click here to see more hilarious Jeremy Strong titles...
Chosen as the Puffin Modern Classic 1990 - 1999. A World Book Day 'Recommended Read' for 2011 Featuring a boy, an extremely fast family pet dog and a bet, this is very definitely laugh-out-loud funny and chock full of action and adventure during what might otherwise have been a rather boring summer holiday. Reading this will certainly bring more than just a smile to those who read it. Fantastic. And, don’t forget if you enjoy this one the super-fast dog and his friend return in a further adventure, The Return of the Hundred Mile An Hour Dog. Click here to see more hilarious Jeremy Strong titles...
Yet more adventures featuring Trevor and the pet dog. If boys (in particular) don’t laugh out loud when they read a book by Jeremy Strong, then I’m not sure what book will make them do so. His books are a must for the 7+ age range. Click here to see more hilarious Jeremy Strong titles...
The storyline is completely mad and the characters are brilliant particularly Granny who gets up to all sorts of antics including riding a motorbike. You’re sure to be doubled up in agony as a consequence of extremely large doses of humour throughout. If you enjoy this one then try My Dad’s got an alligator and My Mum’s going to explode both of whom feature some of the same characters. Or click here to see the full range of hilarious Jeremy Strong titles...
Pure, unadulterated entertainment but beware, you may laugh so much that you can’t stop!! Young readers with a sense of humour will devour it in a sitting and those without a sense of humour at the beginning will be filled with it by the end. For more side-splitting fun why not read My Granny’s great escape too. Or click here to see the full range of hilarious Jeremy Strong titles...
Imagine you’re dad bringing home an alligator for a pet – would it be cool or uncool? Well to Nicholas, who is used to his father’s weird ideas, it’s great. Mischief ensues, in fact there is never a dull moment until things get a little too out-of-hand. Maybe… Brilliant entertainment and perfect for boys and tomboys too. Click here to see more hilarious Jeremy Strong titles...
Zany, headlong adventure is kept under control – just! – in this hilarious adventure of Belinda, the Karate Princess. Belinda is bored and when she’s bored, her karate habit causes a great many things to get broken… Luckily, her uncle cannot find a prince strong enough to see off the man-eating MoNsta and win the hand of his daughter Taloola. Up steps the Karate Princess. The MoNsta proves to be just the kind of worthy match the Karate Princess loves. A satisfyingly riotous roller-coaster ride for all readers. Click here to view other Jeremy Strong titles Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here.
The third very funny story about the children at pirate school. The children hide a stray dog on board, while Patagonia Clatterbottom, the head teacher, is plagued by school inspectors, who are not impressed by the lessons. So, the children decide to sail the school away. The inspectors give chase, but the children fire on their boat and take it over - full marks for the lessons they have learnt about being pirates. And they're allowed to keep the dog!
Silly parents, silly teachers and a very silly Prime Minister! Alfie Popple (real name Squeaky Squawker Redface Slurpbottom) has got his work cut out dealing with a set of very silly adults. Can Alfie get the town of Underpants - and the rest of the country - sorted out? A brand-new lower reading age edition of this hilarious tale from comic genius Jeremy Strong. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 7+
Armadillo and Hare live with their friends in the Big Forest. Hare loves dancing. Armadillo loves cheese sandwiches. Hare loves playing the tuba. Armadillo loves cheese sandwiches. Hare loves his best friend, Armadillo. Armadillo loves Hare - AND cheese sandwiches! They have quite a mix of friends, including an acrobatic wombat, a know-it-all lobster, a hungry jaguar, and (let's not forget) the invisible stick insect.
Armadillo and Hare are the best of friends. They live together in a little house in the Big Forest. It's normally very quiet in the Big Forest. Hare likes music and excitement. Armadillo like it when it's quiet. Today there's a lot of bashing and crashing going on! Someone is playing the drums. Very loudly. It's Bear! What will our friends make of their new arrival? Return to the Big Forest for even more fun, friendship - and cheese!
Cats in the bath. Cats in the cupboards. A hundred cats everywhere!Everyone in Jack's class has a pet, but all Jack has is his little brother Freddie. And little brothers don'tmake very good pets. But when Jack meets The Man With The Top Hat and his lovely cat Mrs Wilson,he's about to get the pet he's always wanted - and many, many more ... A furry, funny and very cute Little Gem that's full of heart from King of Comedy Jeremy Strong!
Nellie Choc-Ice is on her way home to the North Pole at last! But things don't go so smoothly when Captain Beardy-Beard's trusty submarine grinds to a halt in an island of plastic - and they aren't the only ones who are trapped. It's up to Nellie to untangle everyone from the mess ... But what are they going to do about all this plastic in the ocean?A touching and funny Little Gem from an author-illustrator dream team!
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