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Martin Waddell - Author

About the Author

As a child
I was read to a lot as a child by people who knew how to read stories. These stories came alive for me, and the love of story has stayed with me ever since.

As an adult
I've been blown up, buried alive and had cancer as an adult, and survived all these experiences, so I'm a very lucky man. I live where I lived as a child, and nearly all my stories come from things that have happened to me here, at the foot of the Mountain of Mourne.

As an artist
I work in an old stone barn beside my home, and dream my stories in the garden and on long walks on the beach in front of my house. I never write anywhere else. This is where I belong.
 

Things you didn't know about Martin Waddell

  1. I can wiggle my ears.
  2. I am a very noisy tennis player.
  3. I had a cat that could open doors.
  4. My dog hears my stories before I write them.
  5. I scored a hat trick on my debut in adult football, but wound up as a goalkeeper.
  6. I used to run a junk stall.
  7. I like bringing up egg-shaped stones from the beach to my garden.
  8. I like apple tarts.
  9. I hate onions.
  10. I’m a happy man

Featured books by Martin Waddell

Other books by Martin Waddell

Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?

Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/11/2019

Celebrate 25 years of Big Bear, Little Bear and their cosy cave in this gorgeous anniversary edition of a classic bedtime favourite. Described as 'the most perfect children's book ever written', this is a beautiful 25th anniversary edition of the Kate Greenaway-winning story of Little Bear, who just can't sleep. There is dark all around him in the Bear Cave. Not even Big Bear's biggest lantern can light up the darkness of the night outside. Can Big Bear find a way to reassure restless Little Bear and help him fall fast asleep?

Owl Babies

Owl Babies

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Board book Release Date: 01/08/2017

A special 25th anniversary edition of a modern classic, Owl Babies reassures young children that Mummy will always come home. The perfect picture book Guardian A special 25th anniversary board book edition of a bestselling modern classic, Owl Babies is a comforting read for any toddler who has ever worried about mum leaving them alone, or any child starting pre-school for the very first time. Sarah, Percy and Bill the baby owls wake one night to find their mother gone. And as the darkness gathers and they perch patiently on their branch waiting for her return, oh how they worry! Never has the plight of young ones who miss their mum been so sensitively told or so beautifully rendered as in this tale from picture book masters, Patrick Benson and Martin Waddell and, with gorgeous golden foil on the cover and spine, this edition is one to share and treasure.

Owl Babies

Owl Babies

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2017

A special 25th anniversary edition of a modern classic, Owl Babies reassures young children that Mummy will always come home. The perfect picture book Guardian A special 25th anniversary edition of a bestselling modern classic, Owl Babies is a comforting read for any toddler who has ever worried about mum leaving them alone, or any child starting pre-school for the very first time. Sarah, Percy and Bill the baby owls wake one night to find their mother gone. And as the darkness gathers and they perch patiently on their branch waiting for her return, oh how they worry! Never has the plight of young ones who miss their mum been so sensitively told or so beautifully rendered as in this tale from picture book masters, Patrick Benson and Martin Waddell and, with a foreword and gorgeous golden foil on the cover and spine, this edition is one to share and treasure.

Star Striker Titch

Star Striker Titch

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/2017

A fun football story by an award-winning author in this popular series for young readers. It's the school five-a-side World Cup. Titch has new boots and he's ready to score goals. But Bungo's the striker and he doesn't want tinies like Titch in his team. Will Bungo grab the World Cup glory - or will it be star striker Titch?

Star Striker Titch

Star Striker Titch

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/04/2017

It's the school five-a-side World Cup. Titch has new boots and he's ready to score goals. But Bungo's the striker and he doesn't want tinies like Titch in his team. Will Bungo grab the World Cup glory - or will it be star striker Titch?

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 9 Two Brown Bears Level 9

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 9 Two Brown Bears Level 9

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2016

Joe Bear wants adventures. He wants to fly and go exploring! Can Harriet Bear think of a Bear Plan to keep them out of trouble?Oxford Reading Tree All Stars is an engaging chapter fiction series which combines age-appropriate content with imaginative stories, perfect for inspiring and stretching able infants. The series develops comprehension skills and provides a wide variety of fiction topics and styles, alongside illustrations that aid understanding. All the books in this series are carefully levelled, so its easy to match every child to the right book one which will develop their reading skills and fuel their love of reading. Help with childrens reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 9 Charlie Stories Level 9

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 9 Charlie Stories Level 9

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2016

When there is a problem, Charlie and his friends always find an answer. But its not usually the one you expect! Oxford Reading Tree All Stars is an engaging chapter fiction series which combines age-appropriate content with imaginative stories, perfect for inspiring and stretching able infants. The series develops comprehension skills and provides a wide variety of fiction topics and styles, alongside illustrations that aid understanding. All the books in this series are carefully levelled, so its easy to match every child to the right book one which will develop their reading skills and fuel their love of reading. Help with childrens reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 9 Farmer Skiboo Stories Level 9

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 9 Farmer Skiboo Stories Level 9

Author: Martin Waddell, Alison Sage Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2016

Faithful Dog Tom has woken up Farmer Skiboo. It is the middle of the night, so why do all the farm animals think it is morning? Farmer Skiboo asks Charlie to move his bull, but Charlie just cant work out how!Oxford Reading Tree All Stars is an engaging chapter fiction series which combines age-appropriate content with imaginative stories, perfect for inspiring and stretching able infants. The series develops comprehension skills and provides a wide variety of fiction topics and styles, alongside illustrations that aid understanding. All the books in this series are carefully levelled, so its easy to match every child to the right book one which will develop their reading skills and fuel their love of reading. Help with childrens reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 10 Doris Bean and the Queen Level 10

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 10 Doris Bean and the Queen Level 10

Author: Martin Waddell, Alison Sage Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2016

One day, Doris Bean invites the Queen to tea. But little does Doris know, the Queen has a big sense of adventure. Tea turns into big trouble And what can Doris do about the missing crown?Oxford Reading Tree All Stars is an engaging chapter fiction series which combines age-appropriate content with imaginative stories, perfect for inspiring and stretching able infants. The series develops comprehension skills and provides a wide variety of fiction topics and styles, alongside illustrations that aid understanding.All the books in this series are carefully levelled, so its easy to match every child to the right book one which will develop their reading skills and fuel their love of reading. Help with childrens reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

Farmer Duck

Farmer Duck

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

A hardworking duck is rescued from life with a lazy farmer in this beautiful 25th anniversary edition of an award-winning classic. Marvellously expressive pictures and a satisfying text make this the outstanding picture book of the year The Sunday Times A stunning 25th anniversary edition of a modern classic from two of the most celebrated picture book creators of all time - Owl Babies author, Martin Waddell, and Bear Hunt illustrator, Helen Oxenbury - this is a story of farmyard friendship and justice. Highly commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the winner of a British Book Award, this is a beautiful edition to share and treasure with a foreword and gorgeous gold foil on the cover and spine.

Farmer Duck

Farmer Duck

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Board book Release Date: 01/07/2016

A hardworking duck is rescued from life with a lazy farmer in this beautiful 25th anniversary board book edition of an award-winning classic. A stunning 25th anniversary large board book edition of a picture book classic, this is the story of a hardworking duck, who has the very bad luck of living with a lazy farmer. The duck cooks and cleans, tends the fields and cares for all the other animals on the farm - and all while the famer lies in bed! Oh, how the duck has to work! That is, until the day the other animals decide to take action, and come to the rescue with a simple, but heroic plan... Highly commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the winner of a British Book Award, this tale of farmyard friendship and justice is as powerful and as charming as ever, and is from two of the most celebrated picture book creators of all time - Owl Babies author, Martin Waddell, and Bear Hunt illustrator, Helen Oxenbury.

Iseanan Caillich-Oidhche

Iseanan Caillich-Oidhche

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/2016

Room for a Little One The Story of Christmas

Room for a Little One The Story of Christmas

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2015

Discover the magic of the very first Christmas with this classic picture book. From the author of Owl Babies and Can't You Sleep Little Bear? It's a cold winter's night, and Kind Ox is in his stable. One by one, the animals come, and Kind Ox gives each of them a bed for the night. Until eventually, Tired Donkey arrives with some very special passengers... Retold from the perspective of the animals in the stable, this beautiful book will bring the Christmas story to life for even the youngest children. A true Christmas classic, with a universal message about kindness, this is a book to be treasured and shared by every family. Martin Waddell is one of the greatest living writers of books for children. He has won multiple awards for his work, including the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award.

Can't You Sleep Little Bear?

Can't You Sleep Little Bear?

Author: Martin Waddell, Barbara Firth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Little Bear can't sleep. He's frightened of the dark, even with the Biggest Lantern of Them All at his bedside. But Big Bear finds an ingenious way to reassure him. This is a tale from the 'King Rollo' Films, accompanied by specially composed music.

Snow Bears

Snow Bears

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2014

A celebrated picture book is brought to life as a Mini Pop-Up Classic. When Mummy Bear comes out to play with her baby bears, she finds three small snow bears instead. They don't look like her baby bears - but they love to play just the same games! Three little bears, a game of snowballs and hot toast by an open fire are the magical ingredients brought together in this wonderful family tale. This timeless and well-loved story is exquisitely brought to life in a special Mini Pop-Up Classic edition, making it the perfect gift book to treasure, time and time again.

Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?

Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2014

A celebrated picture book is brought to life as a Mini Pop-Up Classic Little Bear can't sleep. There is dark all around him in the Bear Cave. Not even Big Bear's biggest lantern can light up the darkness of the night outside. But then Big Bear finds the prefect way to reassure Little Bear and help him fall fast asleep... This timeless and well-loved story is exquisitely brought to life in a special Mini Pop-Up Classic edition, making it the perfect gift and a book to treasure, time and time again.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 10 More Pack B: The Ghost Ship

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 10 More Pack B: The Ghost Ship

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

'Wow!' says Ernie. In The Ghost Ship Ernie is shocked to discover a ghost ship floating in the school playground. The Captain is looking for his lost treasure and he is sure that its somewhere in Ernies school. TreeTops Fiction contains a wide range of quality stories enabling children to explore and develop their own reading tastes and interests. It contains stories from a variety of genres including humour, sci-fi, adventure, mystery and historical fiction. These exciting stories are ideal for introducing children to a wide selection of authors and illustrators. There is huge variety to ensure every reader finds books they will enjoy and can read. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 9: The Big Little Dinosaur

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 9: The Big Little Dinosaur

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

In The Big Little Dinosaur best friends Emma and Sam dig up something strange on the beach. They take it to school, but when it hatches into a baby dinosaur nobody knows what to do. TreeTops Fiction contains a wide range of quality stories enabling children to explore and develop their own reading tastes and interests. It contains stories from a variety of genres including humour, sci-fi, adventure, mystery and historical fiction. These exciting stories are ideal for introducing children to a wide selection of authors and illustrators. There is huge variety to ensure every reader finds books they will enjoy and can read. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Bardal Feirmeora (Farmer Duck)

Bardal Feirmeora (Farmer Duck)

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2013

A hardworking duck is rescued from life with a lazy old farmer in this classic tale of justice from acclaimed Irish writer Martin Waddell. A perfect introduction to the Irish language for young children! There once was a duck who had the bad luck to live with a lazy farmer. While the poor duck works and works, through rain and hail, the farmer lazes about ... barking out commands from his bed. But, one day, the other animals decide to take action! It's time to stand up to that lazy farmer! This story of heroism and comradeship, with illustrations that are as stunningly beautiful and powerful as they are truly funny, make this new Irish edition a book to be read again and again ... and again!

Ulchabhain Oga (Owl Babies)

Ulchabhain Oga (Owl Babies)

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2012

A beautifully translated Irish language edition of the perennial best seller Owl Babies. An ideal first foray into Gaeilge for the very young! Three baby owls, Sarah, Percy and Bill, wake up one night in their hole in a tree to find that their mother has gone. So they sit on a branch and wait... Darkness gathers and the owls grow anxious, wondering when their mother will return. But, at last, she does and they bounce up and down with joy, welcoming her home. This stunning title reassures little children that Mommy will always come home.

Kind Emma Band 06/Orange

Kind Emma Band 06/Orange

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2012

Kind Emma lives all alone in her little cottage by the wood, with no one to talk to. But one snowy night Emma hears a knock at her door, and a tiny voice asking for help. When she takes pity on the little thing at the door and gives it shelter and food, she finds that her whole life is changed - and she at last has a friend to talk to. * Orange/ Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. * Text type - A traditional story. * A pictorial diary on pages 22 and 23 retells the story from Kind Emma's viewpoint and provides lots of opportunities for speaking and listening activities. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Taking part

Class Six and the Very Big Rabbit Band 10/White

Class Six and the Very Big Rabbit Band 10/White

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2012

It's just a normal lesson on a normal day at school, except Mrs Bennet , who can do magic, has turned into a very big rabbit. The problems start when the class realise that Mrs Bennet can't change back into herself. * White/Band 10 books have more complex sentences and figurative language. * Text type - A story with a familiar setting. * A school website report gives children the opportunity to recount the story of Class Six and the Very Big Rabbit on pages 30 and 31. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Choices, Taking part.

Talk Talk Talk Band 04/Blue

Talk Talk Talk Band 04/Blue

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2012

Bill longs for someone to talk to. Then one day the door to his room opens and...a giant bottom comes in! Legs, arms, chest follow as bit by bit, Bill's new giant friend appears. When his friend's last bit finally arrives and he is in one piece, they have plenty to talk about! *Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Text type - A traditional story. * A flow chart on pages 14 and 15 shows the different body parts that make up Bill's new friend, giving children the opportunity to recap and retell the story. * Curriculum links - Science: ourselves, parts of the body. * Talk, Talk, Talk is one of three Collins Big Cat books by Martin Waddell.

Learn at Home:Star Reading Orange Level Pack (5 fiction and 1 non-fiction book)

Learn at Home:Star Reading Orange Level Pack (5 fiction and 1 non-fiction book)

Author: Martin Waddell, Shoo Rayner, Damian Harvey, Hiawyn Oram Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/2010

Five fantastic stories and one non-fiction book from Star Reading. With brilliant parent notes to help you get the most out of every book with your child, all at orange book band level.

Captain Small Pig

Captain Small Pig

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2010

I'm Captain Commander! Small Pig said. Aye-Aye, Captain Small Pig! yawned Old Goat. You are in charge of this boat! But Small Pig soon tires of rowing and falls asleep, and before they know it the boat is drifting across the lake, and grumpy Turkey is in for a soaking... Martin Waddell, award-winning author of Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?, perfectly captures the magic of a day out.

Ben and Bobo Band 02b/Red B

Ben and Bobo Band 02b/Red B

Author: Martin Waddell, Julian Mosedale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2010

Ben and Bobo are painting, they're having lots of fun, but Bobo is very clumsy and things keep going wrong. Soon it's complete chaos, but, in the end, the finished result is a big surprise. Martin Waddell's hilarious story is accompanied by lively, humorous illustrations by Julian Mosedale. * Read B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion * Text type: A story with predictable structure and patterned language. * An accident map on pages 14-15 illustrates all the things that went wrong for Bobo during his painting activity with Ben. * Curriculum links: Personal, Social and Emotional Development * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Farmer Duck

Farmer Duck

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 10/09/2009

A bestselling picture book - brought to life with an animated DVD! How goes the work? called the farmer. The duck answered, Quack! While the poor duck works, the lazy farmer lies in bed ... until one day the farm animals decide to take action! Children will love snuggling up to watch the animated version of this charming tale from the acclaimed King Rollo Films - accompanied by specially composed music and narrated by Emilia Fox and Kevin Whately - and following all the action in the classic picture book. Please note this DVD is Region 2 PAL.

The Dirty Great Dinosaur

The Dirty Great Dinosaur

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2009

Grrrrrr! Look out! Here comes the Dirty Great Dinosaur! It's huge! It's hungry! It's the DIRTY GREAT DINOSAUR! He's going to eat anything in his way! Only Hal (and his little dog Billy) can stop the hungry beastie, because they know just how to calm that Dirty Great Dinosaur down . . . Let Hal and Billy show you how to calmly deal with temper tantrums of monstrous proportions! World renowned storyteller Martin Waddell has created a dynamic and action-packed text which perfectly matches this exciting picture book debut from fabulous new illustrator, Leonie Lord.

The Big Big Sea

The Big Big Sea

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2009

A beautiful reissue of a timeless classic. A child and her mother walk in the moonlight beside the sea. This night will become a memory as luminous and enduring as the moon itself. With unforgettable, silver-washed images and gentle, flowing words, The Big Big Sea portrays a bond between parent and child that makes even the dark sea safe and serene.

Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?

Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/06/2009

A bestselling picture book - brought to life with an animated DVD! Little Bear can't sleep. He's frightened of the dark, even with the Biggest Lantern of Them All at his bedside. But Big Bear finds an ingenious way to reassure him... Children will love snuggling up to watch the animated version of this charming tale from the acclaimed King Rollo Films - narrated by Kevin Whately and accompanied by specially composed music - and following the action in the classic book. Please note this DVD is Region 2 PAL.

Owl Babies

Owl Babies

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/06/2009

Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson's classic, reassuring tale of three loveable little owls home alone is brought to life with an animated DVD! A beautiful book and DVD edition of a bestselling modern classic, this is the story of three baby owls, Sarah, Percy and Bill, who wake one night to find their mother gone. And as the darkness gathers and they perch patiently on their branch waiting for her return, oh how they worry! What are those scary noises all around them? What is mum doing? When will she be back? Never has the plight of young ones who miss their mum been so sensitively told or so beautifully rendered as in this tale from picture book masters, Patrick Benson and Martin Waddell. Children will love snuggling up to watch the animated version of this charming tale from the acclaimed King Rollo Films - accompanied by specially composed music and narrated by Emilia Fox - and following all the action in the book. Please note this DVD is Region 2 PAL.

Cup Final Kid

Cup Final Kid

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2008

A sparkling soccer story about an eight-year-old superstar by one of the greatest children's authors. Herbie Bazooka may be small, fat and wear crummy old glasses, but he plays football like they do in Brazil. So when the Hottenham Totspurs' star striker is injured just before the FA Cup Final, who better to take his place than Herbie? Take your seats, please, for some amazing football action!

Oxford Reading Tree: All Stars: Pack 2: Doris Bean and the Queen

Oxford Reading Tree: All Stars: Pack 2: Doris Bean and the Queen

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2007

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars are first class fiction at an appropriate interest level for infants. They are books by top authors and illustrators written and illustrated to challenge and motivate able readers. At the same time, the content is entirely suitable for able infant readers. Help with childrens reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. This book is also available as part of a mixed pack of 6 different books or a class pack of 36 books of the same Oxford Reading Tree level.

Oxford Reading Tree: All Stars: Pack 1: Two Brown Bears

Oxford Reading Tree: All Stars: Pack 1: Two Brown Bears

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2007

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars are first class fiction at an appropriate interest level for infants. They are books by top authors and illustrators written and illustrated to challenge and motivate able readers. At the same time, the content is entirely suitable for able infant readers. Help with childrens reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. This book is also available as part of a mixed pack of 6 different books or a class pack of 36 books of the same Oxford Reading Tree level.

Oxford Reading Tree: All Stars: Pack 3: Ronald the Tough Sheep

Oxford Reading Tree: All Stars: Pack 3: Ronald the Tough Sheep

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2007

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars are first class fiction at an appropriate interest level for infants. They are books by top authors and illustrators written and illustrated to challenge and motivate able readers. At the same time, the content is entirely suitable for able infant readers. Help with childrens reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. This book is also available as part of a mixed pack of 6 different books or a class pack of 36 books of the same Oxford Reading Tree level.

Farmer Duck in Tagalog and English

Farmer Duck in Tagalog and English

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/01/2007

Football Spy Band 13/Topaz

Football Spy Band 13/Topaz

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2007

Do you know what it takes to be a top footballer? Can you pick out the best moves? Find out in this guide to football skills. It will help children to understand how to study a football game and how to look for the skills of different types of players: goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and strikers. * Topaz/ Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * Text type - An information book. * A reader response page provides lots of opportunities for speaking, listening, and writing. * Curriculum links - PE: Invasion games. * This title is paired with a story at the same level: Spider's Big Match by Alan Durant. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Ernie and the Fishface Gang

Ernie and the Fishface Gang

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2006

A lively school story about beating bullies with brains! The honour of class P6 is at stake when Ernie Flack and his friend Peanut Jackson take on Fishface Duggan and his gang from P7. Will Ernie's plan succeed? See who comes out on top in this lively school story with lots of black-and-white illustrations.

The Mouse and the Monster Band 02b/Red B

The Mouse and the Monster Band 02b/Red B

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

When a wee mouse meets a big, hungry monster on the road, he needs to think fast. This is a lively retelling of a traditional story by Martin Waddell. * Red / Band 2B - A traditional story * Text type - Fiction * The focus phonemes in this book are sh, er, oa and ng. Other phonemes practised are ou (ground), th (this), th (thin), ee, w, oo (look), ie (lie) and ch. * Children can compare and contrast the two main characters using the character summaries on the final spread. * Martin Waddell also wrote Yellow 3 Horse Up a Tree and Blue 4 The Small Bun. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Small Bun Band 04/Blue

The Small Bun Band 04/Blue

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

A hungry man and his wife baked a small bun. But as soon as they put it on their plate, the bun jumped up and ran off. This lively version of the traditional story of the gingerbread man is by Martin Waddell. * Blue / Band 4 - A * Text type - Fiction * The focus phoneme in this book is al (small). * Use the storymap on the final spread to discuss the route the small bun took and the characters he met.. * Martin Waddell also wrote Red 2b The Mouse and the Monster; Yellow 3 Horse Up a Tree * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Horse up a Tree Band 03/Yellow

Horse up a Tree Band 03/Yellow

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

When Horse went up a tree one day, he didn't think about how to get down again - and now he's stuck. The sheep, the ducks, the hens and Farmer come to help him in this comical tale by Martin Waddell. * Yellow / Band 3 - A humorous story * Text type - Fiction * The focus phonemes in this book are ay, ow (show), a-e and o-e. * You can use the table in the Farmer's handbook on the final spread to discuss how the animals and the farmer solve Horse's problem. * Martin Waddell also wrote Red 2B The Mouse and the Monster; Blue 4 The Small Bun. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Farmer Duck in Bulgarian and English

Farmer Duck in Bulgarian and English

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2006

Farmer Duck in Romanian and English

Farmer Duck in Romanian and English

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2006

The Pig in the Pond

The Pig in the Pond

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2006

Pigs don't swim ... or so it's said. A classic, much-loved picture book following the exploits of a hot and bothered pig. In this Kate Greenaway Commended picture book favourite, Owl Babies author Martin Waddell tells the story of Neligan's pig - who's feeling very hot and bothered! It's one of the most sizzling days of the summer, and the pig sits by the pond watching the ducks and geese playing on the cool water. The pig gets warmer and warmer, the ducks and the geese get louder and louder. Neligan's pig knows that pigs don't swim - but she just has to take a dive! And she's not the only one on the farm who's sweltering... A riotous read-aloud to be shared over and over again.

Kitten Called Moonlight

Kitten Called Moonlight

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2006

A little girl and her mother rescue a stranded kitten from a rock on the seashore. Each night the little girl gets her mother to tell her how they rescued the kitten snoozing in her lap. The kitten was discovered late at night so they called it Moonlight.

Can't You Sleep Little Bear?

Can't You Sleep Little Bear?

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2006

Little Bear can't sleep. He's frightened of the dark even with the biggest lantern of them all at his bedside. But Big Bear finds an ingenious way to reassure him.

Owl Babies

Owl Babies

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2006

This is the story of three baby owls who wake up during the night to find their mother gone. Martin Waddell has won many prizes for his children's books, including 'Can't You Sleep Little Bear'?

Farmer Duck And Cd

Farmer Duck And Cd

Author: Martin Waddell, Helen Oxenbury Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2006

There once was a duck who had the bad luck to live with a lazy farmer. While the duck worked, the farmer lay in bed - until one day the other animals decided to take action!

Farmer Duck in Nepali and English

Farmer Duck in Nepali and English

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2006

Farmer Duck in Turkish and English

Farmer Duck in Turkish and English

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2006

Farmer Duck (English/German)

Farmer Duck (English/German)

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2006

Farmer Duck in Gujarati and English

Farmer Duck in Gujarati and English

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2006

Farmer Duck in Portuguese and English

Farmer Duck in Portuguese and English

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2006

Farmer Duck in Kurdish and English

Farmer Duck in Kurdish and English

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2006

Farmer Duck in Tamil and English

Farmer Duck in Tamil and English

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2006

Farmer Duck in Japanese and English

Farmer Duck in Japanese and English

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2006

Farmer Duck (English/Spanish)

Farmer Duck (English/Spanish)

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2006

Farmer Duck in Bengali and English

Farmer Duck in Bengali and English

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2006

Farmer Duck in Urdu and English

Farmer Duck in Urdu and English

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2006

Farmer Duck in Malayalam and English

Farmer Duck in Malayalam and English

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2006

Farmer Duck in Polish and English

Farmer Duck in Polish and English

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2006

The Orchard Book of Goblins Ghouls and Ghosts and Other Magical Stories

The Orchard Book of Goblins Ghouls and Ghosts and Other Magical Stories

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2005

Martin Waddell has brought together fourteen tales of goblins, ghouls, ghosts and other mysterious spirits, skilfully retelling them today's children. Tony Ross's lively, atmospheric illustrations perfectly capture the spirit of the stories, in this rich and varied collection that's guaranteed to make you shiver.

Class Six and the Very Big Rabbit Band 10/White

Class Six and the Very Big Rabbit Band 10/White

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2005

It's just a normal lesson on a normal day at school, except Mrs Bennet , who can do magic, has turned into a very big rabbit. The problems start when the class realise that Mrs Bennet can't change back into herself. * White/Band 10 books have more complex sentences and figurative language. * Text type - A story with a familiar setting. * A school website report gives children the opportunity to recount the story of Class Six and the Very Big Rabbit on pages 30 and 31. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Choices, Taking part. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Let's Go Home, Little Bear

Let's Go Home, Little Bear

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2005

Little Bear is having a great time, playing in the snowy woods, when he hears a plodding noise that makes him shiver. Suddenly there are scary Plodders and Drippers and Ploppers everywhere. Fortunately, Big Bear is on hand to comfort him.

Well Done, Little Bear

Well Done, Little Bear

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2005

Little Bear wants to go exploring deep in the woods. Luckily, Big Bear is always there to look on, encourage him and help!

Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?

Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?

Author: Martin Waddell, Barbara Firth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2005

Little Bear can't sleep. He's frightened of the dark, even with the Biggest Lantern of Them All at his bedside. But Big Bear finds an ingenious way to reassure him...

Oxford Reading Tree: Level 6: Snapdragons: Something So Big

Oxford Reading Tree: Level 6: Snapdragons: Something So Big

Author: Martin Waddell, Alex Brychta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/01/2005

Written by top children's authors such as award-winning Gillian Cross, Malachy Doyle and Pippa Goodhart Snapdragons are fabulously illustrated with various writing styles and fonts to make reading enjoyable for all your infant readers. They provide a wide range of picture books for children aged 3-9. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with childrens reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. This book is also available as part of a mixed pack of 6 different books or a class pack of 36 books of the same Oxford Reading Tree level.

Talk Talk Talk Band 04/Blue

Talk Talk Talk Band 04/Blue

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Bill longs for someone to talk to. Then one day the door to his room opens and...a giant bottom comes in! Legs, arms, chest follow as bit by bit, Bill's new giant friend appears. When his friend's last bit finally arrives and he is in one piece, they have plenty to talk about! *Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Text type - A traditional story. * A flow chart on pages 14 and 15 shows the different body parts that make up Bill's new friend, giving children the opportunity to recap and retell the story. * Curriculum links - Science: ourselves, parts of the body. * Talk, Talk, Talk is one of three Collins Big Cat books by Martin Waddell. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Kind Emma Band 06/Orange

Kind Emma Band 06/Orange

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Kind Emma lives all alone in her little cottage by the wood, with no one to talk to. But one snowy night Emma hears a knock at her door, and a tiny voice asking for help. When she takes pity on the little thing at the door and gives it shelter and food, she finds that her whole life is changed - and she at last has a friend to talk to. * Orange/ Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. * Text type - A traditional story. * A pictorial diary on pages 22 and 23 retells the story from Kind Emma's viewpoint and provides lots of opportunities for speaking and listening activities. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Taking part. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Bert's Band Band 04/Blue

Bert's Band Band 04/Blue

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Bert's Band like to play as they march down the street. When they win the cup, they arrive back at their home town at midnight, and very carefully remove their shoes and socks so as not to disturb the townsfolk as they march down the street - playing at full belt! This lively text is ideal to read aloud, with lots of opportunities to join in. * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Text type - A humorous story. * At the end of the story is a poster by the bandstand in the park, advertising Bert's band, which is an ideal cue for further discussion and supports writing activities outside the reading session. * Curriculum links - Science: sounds and hearing; Citizenship: taking part. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Shooting Star

Shooting Star

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2004

Buzzer Jezz: the official story. The story of the most-feared striker in the Premiership - in the world even - is told here by the man who spotted him, through the key games in Buzz's early career from a pub-team kick-about to a Champions League semi-final. This is an absorbing and detailed inside account of the fall and rise of the most exciting footballer of his generation - Buzzer Jezz, shooting star.

Lighthouse Gold Level: Finn MacCool And Big Head MacTavish Single

Lighthouse Gold Level: Finn MacCool And Big Head MacTavish Single

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/05/2004

Part of the Lighthouse collection, an engaging fiction and non-fiction series of readers carefully levelled to ensure gradual progression for Foundation and Key Stage 1 children.

Rigby Star Independent Yr2/P3 Orange Level: Reader Set

Rigby Star Independent Yr2/P3 Orange Level: Reader Set

Author: Martin Waddell, Paul Shipton, Shoo Rayner, Anne Adeney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2004

Part of the Rigby Star Family|, this Rigby Star Independent reader is levelled for independent, follow-on reading from the KS1 guided reading sessions. |, this reader is levelled for independent, follow-on reading from the KS1 guided reading sessions.

Rigby Star Independent Year 2/P3 White Level: Reader Set

Rigby Star Independent Year 2/P3 White Level: Reader Set

Author: Martin Waddell, Maureen Haselhurst, Douglas Hill, Jan Burchett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2004

Part of the Rigby Star Family|, this Rigby Star Independent reader is levelled for independent, follow-on reading from the KS1 guided reading sessions. |, this reader is levelled for independent, follow-on reading from the KS1 guided reading sessions.

Pig In The Pond

Pig In The Pond

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/01/2004

Rigby Star Independent White Reader 1 The Great Tree Mouse Adventure

Rigby Star Independent White Reader 1 The Great Tree Mouse Adventure

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2003

Rigby Rocket offers a wide range of engaging stories and non-fiction texts. Written by much-loved children's authors, the books have been expertly levelled to ensure your children are able to read them independently.

Rigby Star Independent Orange Reader 1 Why Islands Don't Swim

Rigby Star Independent Orange Reader 1 Why Islands Don't Swim

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2003

Rigby Rocket offers a wide range of engaging stories and non-fiction texts. Written by much-loved children's authors, the books have been expertly levelled to ensure your children are able to read them independently.

Cup Run

Cup Run

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2003

A lively and engaging Starters title for beginner readers from bestselling author Martin Waddell, with a friendly text and stylish two-colour illustrations. Cup Run is part of Walker Starters, the wonderfully fun and friendly series for beginner readers. Meet the Belton Goalbusters. Follow them on their cup run in this exciting video diary of their cup games! This is a charming and uplifting story told through a range of writing styles, including hand-lettered posters and diary logs. The illustrations, which appear on every page, are lively and stylish, and play an active part in helping children understand the text.

Literacy World Comets Stage 4 Stories Three Tales

Literacy World Comets Stage 4 Stories Three Tales

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2002

This literacy programme for juniors offers fiction, poetry and non-fiction reading and writing materials for shared, guided and group reading and writing, and teaching materials. Comets should capture the imagination of more able pupils, and software integrates ICT with literacy teaching.

Literacy World Comets Stage 1 Stories Goat-skin

Literacy World Comets Stage 1 Stories Goat-skin

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2002

This literacy programme for juniors offers fiction, poetry and non-fiction reading and writing materials for shared, guided and group reading and writing, and teaching materials. Comets should capture the imagination of more able pupils, and software integrates ICT with literacy teaching.

Farmer Duck in Arabic and English

Farmer Duck in Arabic and English

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2002

Little Bear Stories

Little Bear Stories

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/08/2001

Once there were two bears, Big Bear and Little Bear. Big Bear is the big bear and Little Bear is the little bear. These distinctive and memorable words begin each of the stories in this classic series, which has collected numerous major awards and achieved sales of over three million copies worldwide. Now these four bestselling titles have been bound up and beautifully presented in a stunning hardback gift edition that can be shared and come back to again and again for generations.

Beat Of The Drum

Beat Of The Drum

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2001

A new edition of an acclaimed novel set in Northern Ireland at the height of the troubles . Disabled since infancy by the IRA bomb that killed his parents, Brian Hanna has more excuse than most - at least in the eyes of the Loyalist community - to hate the Catholics. And yet he doesn't. What he hates is the demented drumming of organizations like the Young Defenders, as they march up and down the streets to scare their Catholic neighbours. And the mindless bigotry that justifies the violence and bloodshed on both sides. But most of all he hates the way that men like paramilitary leader Stan Leadbetter use people - small, easily manipulated people like Uncle Billy or the hapless Hicky, Brian's childhood friend. Which is why Brian is going to leave. But can he ever still the drum that beats inside him?

Once There Were Giants

Once There Were Giants

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2001

Once there was a baby in the house - and to that baby, Mum and Dad and Jill and John and Uncle Tom were giants. But little by little, that baby grew up - until she became a giant too! Martin Waddell says of the book, Small children live in a world designed for big people. I wrote this story to help them understand it, and the idea of growing older.

An Croitear

An Croitear

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/08/2000

Hollyhock Wall

Hollyhock Wall

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2000

Owl Babies

Owl Babies

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/02/1998

A big book edition of Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson's classic, reassuring tale of three loveable little owls home alone. A beautiful big book edition of a bestselling modern classic - perfect for sharing in the classroom - this is the story of three baby owls, Sarah, Percy and Bill, who wake one night to find their mother gone. And as the darkness gathers and they perch patiently on their branch waiting for her return, oh how they worry! What are those scary noises all around them? What is mum doing? When will she be back? Never has the plight of young ones who miss their mum been so sensitively told or so beautifully rendered as in this tale from picture book masters, Patrick Benson and Martin Waddell.

Farmer Duck

Farmer Duck

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/1996

There once was a duck who had the bad luck to live with a lazy farmer. While the duck worked, the farmer lay in bed - until one day the other animals decided to take action! The result is highly satisfying - Animal Farm for young children - and lots of fun to read aloud.

The Pig in the Pond

The Pig in the Pond

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/1996

One day, Neligan's pig sits by the pond watching the ducks and geese play on the cool water. The pig gets hotter and hotter; the ducks and the geese get louder and louder. Then Neligan's pig does something quite unheard of - she jumps in the pond!

Farmer Duck

Farmer Duck

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/1995

A hardworking duck is rescued from life with a lazy farmer in this award-winning picture book classic from Owl Babies author, Martin Waddell, and Bear Hunt illustrator, Helen Oxenbury. In this Kate Greenaway Medal and Kurt Maschler Award-winning modern classic, two of the most celebrated picture book creators of our time tell the story of a hardworking duck, who has the very bad luck of living with a lazy farmer. The duck cooks and cleans, tends the fields and cares for the other animals on the farm - and all while the famer lies in bed! That is until the day the animals decide to take action ... and come to the rescue with a simple, but heroic plan.

Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?

Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/11/1994

Little Bear can't sleep. He's frightened of the dark, even with the Biggest Lantern of Them All at his bedside. But Big Bear finds an ingenious way to reassure him...

Owl Babies

Owl Babies

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/1994

A gentle tale of three baby owls reassures young children that Mummy will always come home. A gentle tale of three baby owls reassures young children that Mummy will always come home. Three baby owls, Sarah, Percy and Bill, wake up one night in their hole in a tree to find that their mother has gone. So they sit on a branch and wait... Darkness gathers and the owls grow anxious, wondering when their mother will return. But, at last, she does and they bounce up and down with joy, welcoming her home.

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