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John Dougherty - Author

About the Author

John Dougherty was born in Larne, Northern Ireland. He studied psychology at university and then tried his hand at a number of jobs including YMCA hostel worker, factory machine operator, and unsuccessful singer-songwriter, before becoming a primary school teacher.


Whilst John was teaching, his interest in children's literature was reawakened and he soon began writing stories and pestering publishers with them. After the publication of Zeus on the Loose (2004) he left teaching and took up writing full-time, only with more tea breaks. More recent books include the critically-acclaimed Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face series and his poetry collection, Dinosaurs & Dinner-Ladies.


His books have been shortlisted for a number of prestigious awards and chosen for various book of the week/year roundups by the broadsheets, but more importantly, they make children giggle.

Featured books by John Dougherty

Dinosaurs and Dinner-Ladies

Dinosaurs and Dinner-Ladies

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: John Dougherty Illustrator: Tom Morgan-Jones Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/06/2016

In dining halls of long ago When dinosaurs sat down to dine, Did prehistoric dinner-ladies Keep them all in line? What's the REAL reason the dinosaurs died out? Can anyone rescue Class 2M from the wild dinner-ladies? And what will happen when Class 2M meet a lion? This is a funny and brilliant debut collection from the author of the bestselling Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face books.

Other books by John Dougherty

Antony and Cleopatra Band 17/Diamond

Antony and Cleopatra Band 17/Diamond

Author: John Dougherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/08/2021

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level A beautiful and powerful, retelling of the ultimate love story, between Anthony and the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. But when war reopens old wounds, even a love as strong as theirs will struggle to survive. Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage

Antony and Cleopatra Band 17/Diamond

Antony and Cleopatra Band 17/Diamond

Author: John Dougherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level A beautiful and powerful, retelling of the ultimate love story, between Anthony and the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. But when war reopens old wounds, even a love as strong as theirs will struggle to survive. Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage

A Midsummer Night's Dream Band 18/Pearl

A Midsummer Night's Dream Band 18/Pearl

Author: John Dougherty Illustrator: Manuel ҆umberac Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level One Midsummer Night, Demetrius, Lysander, Helena and Hermia ran into the moonlit wood where Oberon, the king of the fairies, was busy weaving magic and enchantment. Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. Text type: Curriculum links:

The Fall of Julius Caesar Band 17/Diamond

The Fall of Julius Caesar Band 17/Diamond

Author: John Dougherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level Reacquaint yourself with Shakespeare's classic tale of power, control and leadership. When ruler Julius Caesar is offered more and more honours, and gains more and more power, there's only one way to put a stop to him. Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage

The Tempest Band 17/Diamond

The Tempest Band 17/Diamond

Author: John Dougherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level Meet Prospero and his daughter Miranda as they are shipwrecked on an island. As Prospero plans revenge on those that put them there, an unlikely alliance leads to an alternative outcome with acceptance, forgiveness, friendship and marriage at the heart. Discover one of Shakespeare's most exciting plays in this gripping retelling by John Dougherty. Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view.

Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 7: Astron

Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 7: Astron

Author: John Dougherty Illustrator: Louise Pigott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2021

Olivia is travelling through space when she sees something amazing from the spaceship's window. It is Astron, an alien who has been separated from his family by a meteor storm. Can Astron rescue Olivia from the fierce dark-biters and can she help him find his family? Astron is a bright, beautiful story of friendship set among the stars. Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks is an emotionally-engaging fiction series that will fire children's imaginations. These 36 original stories will get children thinking, and develop and deepen their comprehension skills. The variety of authors and illustration styles broadens children's reading experience, with something to appeal to every child. All the books in the series are carefully levelled, so it's easy to match every child to the right book for them. They also contain inside cover notes, to enable parents and teachers to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

Reading Planet - Aliens in the Library - Purple: Galaxy

Reading Planet - Aliens in the Library - Purple: Galaxy

Author: John Dougherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2020

Sam and Bansi are excited about exploring their new school library - until they are joined by two cheeky aliens! Will they be able to stop the aliens from messing up the library? Will they be able to prevent an alien invasion? Find out what happens in this humorous playscript. Aliens in the Library 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: 6-7 years

Mark and Shark: Detectiving and Stuff

Mark and Shark: Detectiving and Stuff

Author: John Dougherty Illustrator: Katie Abey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2019

Meet Mark (a boy) and Shark (a shark) - they're experts(ish) in detectiving and stuff. When an enormous polar bear asks for their help with some stuff for her ice cream business, it sounds a little bit dull - but little do they realize that they'll end up doing more detectiving than they bargained for! With wild humour and hilarious illustrations, it's non-stop fun from beginning to end.

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