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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

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 Illustrator: Tim Archbold 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.

Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?

Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?

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

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?

Ulchabhain Oga (Owl Babies)

Ulchabhain Oga (Owl Babies)

Author: Martin Waddell Illustrator: Patrick Benson 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.

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: Mixed media product Release Date: 30/04/2010

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 Illustrator: Susan Varley 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.

The Big Big Sea

The Big Big Sea

Author: Martin Waddell Illustrator: Jennifer Eachus Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2009

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.

Farmer Duck

Farmer Duck

Author: Martin Waddell Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 07/09/2009

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.

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