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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

The Itchy Coo Book o Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales in Scots

The Itchy Coo Book o Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales in Scots

Author: Martin Waddell Illustrator: Emma Chichester Clark Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/09/2020

Welcome to the wonderful fairytale world of Hans Christian Andersen . . . retold for today's children in Scots for the very first time. This classic collection brings together nine favourite stories, from the fun and humour of the proud Emperor with his splendid new clothes, to the gentle sadness of the Little Mermaid. With a colourful cast of witches, princesses, toys and animals, this rich and varied collection is guaranteed to delight and entertain readers young and old. Emma Chichester Clark's glorious illustrations bring the tales vividly to life, making thisbook a joy to share and a gift to treasure. NINE CLASSIC FAIRY TALES TELLT IN SCOTS FOR THE FIRST TIME: The Princess and the Pea TRANSLATIT BY ELAINE C. SMITH The Ugly Deukie (The Ugly Duckling) TRANSLATIT BY SHANE STRACHAN The Tindel-Box (The Tinderbox) TRANSLATIT BY THOMAS CLARK The Wee Match Lassie (The Littttle Match Girl) TRANSLATIT BY JAMES ROBERTSON The High Heid Yin's New Claes (The Emperor's New Clothes) TRANSLATIT BY VAL McDERMID The Tin Sodger (The Tin Soldier) TRANSLATIT BY MATTHEW FITT The Princess and the Grumpumphieman (The Swineherd) TRANSLATIT BY SUSI BRIGGS The Nichtingale (The Nightingale) TRANSLATIT BY ASHLEY DOUGLAS The Wee Sea Quine (The Little Mermaid) TRANSLATIT BY SHEENA BLACKHALL

Star Striker Titch

Star Striker Titch

Author: Martin Waddell Illustrator: Russell Ayto 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 Illustrator: Russell Ayto 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, Steve Lavis, Alison Sage Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2016

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, Daniel Postgate, Alison Sage Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2016

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.

Iseanan Caillich-Oidhche

Iseanan Caillich-Oidhche

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

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