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Tony Bradman - Author

About the Author

Tony Bradman was born in 1954 (not during the Jurassic era, as his children have been known to claim). He went to school in London, and then Cambridge University. After university he worked in the music press, then became Deputy Editor of Parents magazine, and began reviewing children’s books. He had his first book for children published in 1985 and became a full-time author in 1987.

He is a hugely prolific author with a particular passion for bringing history to life for young people. He is a regular at all the major literary festivals, reviews for The Guardian and is the Chair of the Siobhan Dowd Trust. He is perhaps best known in the UK for his Dilly the Dinosaur stories. His books have sold more than two million copies worldwide and he has been published in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Sweden, Spain and Japan amongst others.

Tony loves films and popular culture. He lives in Beckenham, Kent with his wife Sally and their three children Emma, Helen and Thomas and Rufus the cat.

TONY BRADMAN Q&A:


If you were a Viking warrior, what would your name be? And what about your battle cry?

I love Viking warrior names – my favourites are Erik Bloodaxe, Ivar The Boneless and of course, Harald Hardnut. I’d like my name to be exciting too! But the Vikings had a great sense of humour, and I’m not very tall, so I’d expect they would call me stumpy or something like that. My battle cry would be easy – “Yaaaaaaagggghhh”

Which of the places in the book would you most like to visit: Russia, Norway or Constantinople? Why?

I’d like to visit them all. Constantinople is now called Istanbul, and it’s an ancient city full of interesting things. I studied Russian at school and so I’d love to visit places like Novogorod and Kiev. And in fact, I’ve just booked up to go to Oslo, capital of Norway – and the first place I’ll visit is the Viking Ship Museum….

If you were a Viking warrior, and could have any person from history/film/books in your gang – who would you choose? And Why? What would the gang be called?

I’d pick all the great Viking warriors – Harald Hardnut, Erik Bloodaxe, the Godwin brothers Tostig and Harold, maybe Thor the Norse God, Beowulf, Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, Boromir and Faramir from Lord of the Rings and loads of others. What would we be called? Why The Cool Vikings, of course!

Featured books by Tony Bradman

Dilly and the Birthday Treat

Dilly and the Birthday Treat

5+ readers

Author: Tony Bradman Illustrator: Susan Hellard Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2011

Dilly, the world famous dinosaur with a 150 mile-per-hour scream, decides to give his father something special for his birthday. Can he really be good for a whole day? Dilly does his very best with delightful results in this easy-to-read story for developing readers.

Other books by Tony Bradman

Project X Phonics Blue: 11d Ant's Hamster

Project X Phonics Blue: 11d Ant's Hamster

Author: Tony Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2022

These books are ideal for developing readers to help broaden their vocabulary and give them confidence with sounds and words as they learn to read. Consolidate sounds and tricky words from previous phases in the Exploring Letters book. Then read the accompanying fiction and non-fiction. Read four exciting, action-packed micro-adventures featuring the familiar Project X characters, Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger. Play in the snow with Cat, Ant and Tiger in The Pit and go onboard a ship with the micro-friends in Ship Shape. Find out what Ant's hamster gets up to in Ant's Hamster and join Max on his adventures and around the world in Max's Adventure. Also, find out about superheroes in the fun, phonic non-fiction title Super Powers! Or find out how to make your own volcano in It Erupts! Each book is designed for adults to read to children with appropriate text for children to read, plus there are lots of ideas for talk and other activities to make the learning fun.

Project X Phonics Blue: 11e Max's Adventure

Project X Phonics Blue: 11e Max's Adventure

Author: Tony Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2022

These books are ideal for developing readers to help broaden their vocabulary and give them confidence with sounds and words as they learn to read. Consolidate sounds and tricky words from previous phases in the Exploring Letters book. Then read the accompanying fiction and non-fiction. Read four exciting, action-packed micro-adventures featuring the familiar Project X characters, Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger. Play in the snow with Cat, Ant and Tiger in The Pit and go onboard a ship with the micro-friends in Ship Shape. Find out what Ant's hamster gets up to in Ant's Hamster and join Max on his adventures and around the world in Max's Adventure. Also, find out about superheroes in the fun, phonic non-fiction title Super Powers! Or find out how to make your own volcano in It Erupts! Each book is designed for adults to read to children with appropriate text for children to read, plus there are lots of ideas for talk and other activities to make the learning fun.

Reading Planet: Astro - Forbidden Classroom: Battle in the Stars - Supernova/Earth

Reading Planet: Astro - Forbidden Classroom: Battle in the Stars - Supernova/Earth

Author: Tony Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2022

Welcome to Rockhead Primary, a school so ordinary even the teachers think it's boring. But things start to change when a builder knocks down an internal wall and reveals something totally weird... It seems the school - and the world - is safe once more...or is it? Verna Lee and Jamie Ballard face their greatest challenge. How can they save their school from total destruction? Will they win an epic battle in the stars and save the Earth from an evil alien overlord? The answers to all these questions are inside this book. Open it...if you dare! Forbidden Classroom: Battle in the Stars is part of the Astro range from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Astro books are ideal for struggling and reluctant readers aged 7-11. Each book is dual-banded so that children can improve their fluency whilst enjoying exciting fiction and non-fiction relevant to their age. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home and develop comprehension skills. Interest age: 10-11 Reading age: 8 -9 years

Reading Planet: Astro - Forbidden Classroom: Friends and Enemies - Saturn/Venus band

Reading Planet: Astro - Forbidden Classroom: Friends and Enemies - Saturn/Venus band

Author: Tony Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2022

Welcome to Rockhead Primary, a school so ordinary even the teachers think it's boring. But things start to change when a builder knocks down an internal wall and reveals something totally weird... Powerful forces are now gathering inside the school, and Verna Lee and Jamie Ballard find themselves pushed aside. They soon realise things are not what they seem, and they take on the dark forces that threaten the human race. But who is a friend, and who is an enemy? The answers to all these questions are inside this book. Open it... if you dare! Forbidden Classroom: Friends and Enemies is part of the Astro range from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Astro books are ideal for struggling and reluctant readers aged 7-11. Each book is dual-banded so that children can improve their fluency whilst enjoying exciting fiction and non-fiction relevant to their age. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home and develop comprehension skills. Interest age: 10-11 Reading age: 7-8 years

Reading Planet: Astro - Forbidden Classroom: Secrets - Mars/Stars band

Reading Planet: Astro - Forbidden Classroom: Secrets - Mars/Stars band

Author: Tony Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/03/2022

Welcome to Rockhead Primary, a school so ordinary even the teachers think it's boring. But things start to change when a builder knocks down an internal wall and reveals something totally weird ... Two Year 6 pupils - Verna Lee and Jamie Ballard - join forces to investigate a whole series of secrets. What terrifying event took place on December 21st 1983? Why has the school caretaker suddenly started to behave strangely? And what is really inside the Forbidden Classroom? The answers to all these questions are inside this book. Open it ... if you dare! Forbidden Classroom: Secrets is part of the Astro range from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Astro books are ideal for struggling and reluctant readers aged 7-11. Each book is dual-banded so that children can improve their fluency whilst enjoying exciting fiction and non-fiction relevant to their age. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home and develop comprehension skills. Interest age: 8-9 Reading age: 7-8 years

Reading Planet: Astro - Forbidden Classroom: The Intruder - Jupiter/Mercury band

Reading Planet: Astro - Forbidden Classroom: The Intruder - Jupiter/Mercury band

Author: Tony Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/03/2022

Welcome to Rockhead Primary, a school so ordinary even the teachers think it's boring. But things start to change when a builder knocks down an internal wall and reveals something totally weird... Now the school has been invaded by an invisible intruder from another galaxy. Verna Lee and Jamie Ballard investigate, but our dynamic Year 6 duo are stumped by the alien's antics. Can they track it down and save the human race from a terrible fate? Can they even save themselves? The answers to all these questions are inside this book. Open it...if you dare! Forbidden Classroom: The Intruder is part of the Astro range from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Astro books are ideal for struggling and reluctant readers aged 7-11. Each book is dual-banded so that children can improve their fluency whilst enjoying exciting fiction and non-fiction relevant to their age. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home and develop comprehension skills. Interest age: 9-10 Reading age: 7-8 years

Bruno and Frida

Bruno and Frida

Author: Tony Bradman Illustrator: Tania Rex Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2022

East Prussia, Germany, 1945. War is raging across Europe, and as Russian soldiers close in across eastern Germany, Bruno and his mother must flee if they hope to survive. In the chaos of the attack, Bruno finds himself face to face with a huge black dog. He knows what she is: a weapon, strapped with explosives by the Russian army and sent into battle as a suicide bomber. But as Bruno's world begins to crumble around him, he soon realises that she is just as scared and alone as he is. Faced with a perilous journey across war-torn Germany, will their bond be enough to keep them alive? Multi-award-winning author Tony Bradman sheds light on an oft-overlooked part of history in this heartfelt and poignant wartime adventure.

Viking Boy: the Real Story: Everything you need to know about the Vikings

Viking Boy: the Real Story: Everything you need to know about the Vikings

Author: Tony Bradman Illustrator: Thomas Sperling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2022

A sparky non-fiction guide to the Viking world, told by the hero of Tony Bradman's bestselling novel Viking Boy. Take a real-life tour of the everyday world of Gunnar, a teenage Viking boy: find out how the Vikings lived, what they believed, how they travelled and fought, and gained their legendary reputation as warriors. Gunnar tells us the real story of growing up as a Viking in an exciting first-hand account, introducing us to family and friends, famous warriors, sea-raiders and even a Norse god! Packed with historical facts, figures and anecdotes, with illustrated information panels on topics from Viking poetry to battle and bloodlust, this is a brilliant new read for Viking fanatics, both at home and in the classroom.

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