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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 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

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 Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/10/2020

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 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 ...

Project X Alien Adventures: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 9: Space Rat Rescue

Project X Alien Adventures: Brown Book Band, Oxford Level 9: Space Rat Rescue

Author: Tony Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2020

Blast off on the biggest micro-adventure yet with the popular Project X characters Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger and their new alien micro-friend, Nok. Carefully levelled and highly motivating, this book is ideal for independent reading. Max, Ant and Nok find out that the king and queen of Exis (Noks parents) have escaped from Badlaw's Destroyer ship. The micro-friends realize that they will have to go after them if they are to have any hope of finding the final fragment of the Core of Exis and saving Noks home planet. But first, they have to get away from the Destroyer ... and with Badlaws Krools closing in, its not going to be easy. Can the space rat help them? This book also contains notes on the inside front and back covers that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and give a follow-up activity to support children in their reading and comprehension skills.

Project X Origins: Lime Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Underground: A NASTI Surprise

Project X Origins: Lime Book Band, Oxford Level 11: Underground: A NASTI Surprise

Author: Tony Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2020

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. Team X decide to follow a robot into a drain in A NASTI Surprise, only to be greeted with a shock deep underground. 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.

EDGE: Kid Force 3: General Mayhem

EDGE: Kid Force 3: General Mayhem

Author: Tony Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2020

Kid Force 3 are Jayden, Layla and Caleb. They aren't regular kids, they're super kids - each with an amazing superhero power. In this story, Gerneal Mayhem kidnaps Caleb in a ploy to trap his friends ... and she has a dangerous proposal for them once they find her! This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. This series is suitable for guided reading with children aged 5+, but also for older readers with low reading confidence or struggling to enjoy books (reluctant readers). Reading age 6 years old, Book Band Orange 6, Interest Level 6-11 years old. Get the whole series! EDGE: Kid Force 3: Alien Kidnap EDGE: Kid Force 3: Robot Runaway EDGE: Kid Force 3: Day of Doom EDGE: Kid Force 3: General Mayhem EDGE: Kid Force 3: Dr Vlogger EDGE: Kid Force 3: The Toxic Cookie Monster

EDGE: Kid Force 3: Day of Doom

EDGE: Kid Force 3: Day of Doom

Author: Tony Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2020

Kid Force 3 are Jayden, Layla and Caleb. They aren't regular kids, they're super kids - each with an amazing superhero power. In this story, Earth looks doomed when a huge asteroid is heading straight for the planet ... can Kid Force 3 use their powers to stop the deadly collision? This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. This series is suitable for guided reading with children aged 5+, but also for older readers with low reading confidence or struggling to enjoy books (reluctant readers). Reading age 6 years old, Book Band Turquoise 7, Interest Level 6-11 years old. Get the whole series! EDGE: Kid Force 3: Alien Kidnap EDGE: Kid Force 3: Robot Runaway EDGE: Kid Force 3: Day of Doom EDGE: Kid Force 3: General Mayhem EDGE: Kid Force 3: Dr Vlogger EDGE: Kid Force 3: The Toxic Cookie Monster

Football Crazy

Football Crazy

Author: Tony Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2020

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+

EDGE: Kid Force 3: Alien Kidnap

EDGE: Kid Force 3: Alien Kidnap

Author: Tony Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/04/2020

Kid Force 3 are Jayden, Layla and Caleb. They aren't regular kids, they're super kids - each with an amazing superhero power. In this story, Emperor of the Vordar has invaded planet Earth! Can Kid Force 3 save the human race from the alien takeover? This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. This series is suitable for guided reading with children aged 5+, but also for older readers with low reading confidence or struggling to enjoy books (reluctant readers). Reading age 6 years old, Book Band Turquoise 7, Interest Level 6-11 years old. Get the whole series! EDGE: Kid Force 3: Alien Kidnap EDGE: Kid Force 3: Robot Runaway EDGE: Kid Force 3: Day of Doom EDGE: Kid Force 3: General Mayhem EDGE: Kid Force 3: Dr Vlogger EDGE: Kid Force 3: The Toxic Cookie Monster

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