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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

Once There Were Giants

Once There Were Giants

Author: Martin Waddell Illustrator: Penny Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2021

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.

The Big Big Sea

The Big Big Sea

Author: Martin Waddell Illustrator: Jennifer Eachus Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2021

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.

Class Six and the Very Big Rabbit Band 10/White

Class Six and the Very Big Rabbit Band 10/White

Author: Martin Waddell Illustrator: Tony Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2021

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level 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.

Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?

Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/02/2021

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.

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: 11/06/2020

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?

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