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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: 16/12/2020

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?

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: 11/12/2020

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.

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

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

Author: Martin Waddell, Julia Donaldson 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 this book a joy to share and a gift to treasure. Featured stories: * The Princess and the Pea, translated vt Elaine C. Smith * The Ugly Duckling, translated by Shane Strachan * The Tinderbox, translated by Thomas Clark * The Little Match Girl, translated by James Robertson * The Emperor's New Clothes, translated by Val McDermid * The Tin Soldier, translated by Matthew Fitt * The Swineherd, translated by Susi Briggs * The Nightingale, translated by Ashley Douglas * The Little Mermaid, translated by Sheena Blackall

Otley Complete Otley, Otley Pursued, Otley Victorious, Otley Forever

Otley Complete Otley, Otley Pursued, Otley Victorious, Otley Forever

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2020

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, Alison Sage 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.

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