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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: 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.

Project X Code: Wonders of the World Invisible Threat

Project X Code: Wonders of the World Invisible Threat

Author: Tony Bradman, Mike Brownlow Illustrator: Jon Stuart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2021

Project X CODE is a book-by-book series built for SEN and struggling readers aged 6-11. Welcome to Micro World, invented by Macro Marvel - an amazing theme park where you have to shrink to get in! Disaster strikes when CODE, the computer controlling the park and the robots inside, goes wrong and wants to shrink the world. Team X and Mini Marvel have a new mission - to battle the BITEs, collect the CODE keys, rescue Macro Marvel, stop CODE, and save the world! Each book contains 2 texts: Text 1 is 100% decodable to build reading confidence, and Text 2 is at least 80% decodable, including the same target phonemes and Tricky words but with more varied vocabulary to develop comprehension and motivate struggling readers. Team X and Mini visit famous landmarks in Wonders of the World. They find the BITE in the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Invisible Threat, and search the Statue of Liberty in Statue Surprise. They spot the BITE on the Eiffel Tower in Scare in the Air and defeat it at Stonehenge in Secret of the Stone. In Pyramid Peril, the team explore pyramids in Into the Pyramid. The BITE chases Ant and Tiger in Another Way In. The others dodge traps in Rock Shock and Ant and Tiger ride a camel in Hang On!

Project X Code: Pyramid Peril Into the Pyramid

Project X Code: Pyramid Peril Into the Pyramid

Author: Tony Bradman, Mike Brownlow Illustrator: Jon Stuart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2021

Project X CODE is a book-by-book series built for SEN and struggling readers aged 6-11. Welcome to Micro World, invented by Macro Marvel - an amazing theme park where you have to shrink to get in! Disaster strikes when CODE, the computer controlling the park and the robots inside, goes wrong and wants to shrink the world. Team X and Mini Marvel have a new mission - to battle the BITEs, collect the CODE keys, rescue Macro Marvel, stop CODE, and save the world! Each book contains 2 texts: Text 1 is 100% decodable to build reading confidence, and Text 2 is at least 80% decodable, including the same target phonemes and Tricky words but with more varied vocabulary to develop comprehension and motivate struggling readers. Team X and Mini visit famous landmarks in Wonders of the World. They find the BITE in the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Invisible Threat, and search the Statue of Liberty in Statue Surprise. They spot the BITE on the Eiffel Tower in Scare in the Air and defeat it at Stonehenge in Secret of the Stone. In Pyramid Peril, the team explore pyramids in Into the Pyramid. The BITE chases Ant and Tiger in Another Way In. The others dodge traps in Rock Shock and Ant and Tiger ride a camel in Hang On!

Project X Code: Pyramid Peril Hang On

Project X Code: Pyramid Peril Hang On

Author: Tony Bradman, Mike Brownlow Illustrator: Jon Stuart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2021

Project X CODE is a book-by-book series built for SEN and struggling readers aged 6-11. Welcome to Micro World, invented by Macro Marvel - an amazing theme park where you have to shrink to get in! Disaster strikes when CODE, the computer controlling the park and the robots inside, goes wrong and wants to shrink the world. Team X and Mini Marvel have a new mission - to battle the BITEs, collect the CODE keys, rescue Macro Marvel, stop CODE, and save the world! Each book contains 2 texts: Text 1 is 100% decodable to build reading confidence, and Text 2 is at least 80% decodable, including the same target phonemes and Tricky words but with more varied vocabulary to develop comprehension and motivate struggling readers. Team X and Mini visit famous landmarks in Wonders of the World. They find the BITE in the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Invisible Threat, and search the Statue of Liberty in Statue Surprise. They spot the BITE on the Eiffel Tower in Scare in the Air and defeat it at Stonehenge in Secret of the Stone. In Pyramid Peril, the team explore pyramids in Into the Pyramid. The BITE chases Ant and Tiger in Another Way In. The others dodge traps in Rock Shock and Ant and Tiger ride a camel in Hang On!

Project X Code: Wonders of the World Scare in the Air

Project X Code: Wonders of the World Scare in the Air

Author: Tony Bradman, Mike Brownlow Illustrator: Jon Stuart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2021

Project X CODE is a book-by-book series built for SEN and struggling readers aged 6-11. Welcome to Micro World, invented by Macro Marvel - an amazing theme park where you have to shrink to get in! Disaster strikes when CODE, the computer controlling the park and the robots inside, goes wrong and wants to shrink the world. Team X and Mini Marvel have a new mission - to battle the BITEs, collect the CODE keys, rescue Macro Marvel, stop CODE, and save the world! Each book contains 2 texts: Text 1 is 100% decodable to build reading confidence, and Text 2 is at least 80% decodable, including the same target phonemes and Tricky words but with more varied vocabulary to develop comprehension and motivate struggling readers. Team X and Mini visit famous landmarks in Wonders of the World. They find the BITE in the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Invisible Threat, and search the Statue of Liberty in Statue Surprise. They spot the BITE on the Eiffel Tower in Scare in the Air and defeat it at Stonehenge in Secret of the Stone. In Pyramid Peril, the team explore pyramids in Into the Pyramid. The BITE chases Ant and Tiger in Another Way In. The others dodge traps in Rock Shock and Ant and Tiger ride a camel in Hang On!

Project X: Alien Adventures: Orange: An Amazing Find

Project X: Alien Adventures: Orange: An Amazing Find

Author: Tony Bradman Illustrator: Jonatronix Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/11/2021

The micro-friends, and Nok, are on a school trip to the woods. They shrink for some micro-fun, and find a strange-looking object hidden in some leaves. Find out what they discover in An Amazing Find. The friends find themselves on board Nok's lost spaceship, the Excelsa. Tiger presses a button and the ship takes off! Find out where it's taking them in Blast Off! In Don't Press the Buttons!, Nok shows the friends the ship's fabricator. It makes them some cool, new spacesuits, but what else it can do The ship is flying through space when they see a huge rock. As they get closer, it starts to move! Find out what they have awoken in Worm Song. In Spacewalk the ship has flown close to a wormhole and has been damaged. Can Max and Tiger repair the ship before it's swallowed by the wormhole? The Excelsa is swallowed by a junk cruncher. Can they find a way to escape before they are squashed flat by the metal pounders? Find out in The Junk Cruncher. 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, phonic practice words, challenge words, and additional activities that children can do.

Project X Origins: Red Book Band, Oxford Level 2: Pets: My Cat Moggy

Project X Origins: Red Book Band, Oxford Level 2: Pets: My Cat Moggy

Author: Tony Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2021

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. Follow Tiger as he finds out what his pet cat Moggy gets up to all day in My Cat Moggy. 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.

Project X Origins: Purple Book Band, Oxford Level 8: Water: A Wild Ride

Project X Origins: Purple Book Band, Oxford Level 8: Water: A Wild Ride

Author: Tony Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/10/2021

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 the first book of a two-part adventure, A Wild Ride, Team X build a new raft to ride on the mini river. However, when the raft crashes, Max, Cat and Tiger have to quickly figure out a way to rescue Ant! 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.

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