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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

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: 04/11/2021

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.

Project X Origins: Red Book Band, Oxford Level 2: Big and Small: Ant and the Baby

Project X Origins: Red Book Band, Oxford Level 2: Big and Small: Ant and the Baby

Author: Tony Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2021

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In Ant and the Baby Ant is too small to see the baby at first, but soon manages to find a way using his watch. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

The King Who Thought He Was Clever: A Folk Tale from Russia Band 14/Ruby

The King Who Thought He Was Clever: A Folk Tale from Russia Band 14/Ruby

Author: Tony Bradman Illustrator: Juanbjuan Oliver Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level A hilarious tale about a mischievous king who is desperate to show off his clever tricks to three unsuspecting princes. Find out what he gets up to, and whether anyone can beat him at his own game. Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. Text type: A traditional tale from another culture Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Project X: Alien Adventures: Turquoise: Battle With The Beast

Project X: Alien Adventures: Turquoise: Battle With The Beast

Author: Tony Bradman Illustrator: Jonatronix Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2021

The micro-friends arrive on Planet Exis, but a space villain called Badlaw is waiting for them! Now Nok needs the friends' help to defeat Badlaw and save the planet. Find out what happens in Planet Exis. In Attack of the Buzzles, our heroes are chased by a swarm of scary-looking insects will they be able to get away? Nok leads the micro-friends to his home to find his parents, the King and Queen of Exis, but the palace is deserted. Find out what's happened to them in The Empty Palace. In Battle with the Beast, the mysterious Arkon explains to Max, Cat, Ant, Tiger and Nok about the mission that they must go on but first they must face a giant energy beast! Nok loses the precious mission map in Nurp Stampede. Find out if the micro-friends can get it back before they are spotted by Badlaw's Krools. In The Trap, Nok is caught in a trap set by the Krools. Find out if Max, Cat, Ant, Tiger and Seven can save him in time. Each book comes with notes on the inside front and back covers for teachers, TAs and parents/carers, which give question prompts and points for discussion, challenge words, and additional activities that children can do.

Oxford Reading Tree Word Sparks: Level 11: Alexei and the Firebird

Oxford Reading Tree Word Sparks: Level 11: Alexei and the Firebird

Author: Tony Bradman Illustrator: Victoria Assanelli Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2020

After offering to find out who has been stealing golden apples, Alexei meets the legendary firebird, a princess, and the villain Koschei. Using the world's largest known database of writing for and by children, our experts have defined 300 ambitious words to help children succeed at school. We've combined these with finelly levelled books that help you develop support comprehension and fluency, while inspiring and engaging your young readers.

Daisy and the Unknown Warrior

Daisy and the Unknown Warrior

Author: Tony Bradman Illustrator: Tania Rex Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

November 1920. The body of an unknown soldier is to be buried at Westminster Abbey. The war has claimed the lives of thousands of men whose bodies will never make it home, and the Unknown Warrior will represent them all. As hundreds of people crowd to Westminster Abbey, Daisy knows she has to make it to the ceremony. Because although they call the warrior 'unknown', she is sure that he is her father ...

Football Crazy

Football Crazy

Author: Tony Bradman Illustrator: Michael Broad Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2020

Danny and his mates Jamil and Lewis are over the moon when football legend Jock Ramsey agrees to coach their team. For the first time ever the Rovers might have a chance of winning something! But Ramsey's a tough coach. They train every night, and Saturdays too. It's a lot of pressure for lads who just like a kickabout in the park. Can Danny, Lewis and Jamil survive the pressure and stay football crazy - in a good way? A brand-new 4u2read edition of a fun and light-hearted football story from reluctant-reader favourite Tony Bradman. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 7+

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