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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: Alien Adventures: Lime: Return to Exis

Project X: Alien Adventures: Lime: Return to Exis

Author: Tony Bradman Illustrator: Jonatronix Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2021

The micro-friends are being chased by the Krools. Find out if they can escape the heat-seeking gel boomerangs and reach Planet Moxor in Space Hunt. Ant, Tiger and Seven are alone in a desert on Planet Moxor. They take shelter in a cave, but have they made the right decision? Find out in The Deadly Cave. Can Max, Cat and Nok make it through the treacherous cactus forest, escape the Krools and find their friends? Find out in Grumptus Attack. Our heroes enter The Mines of Moxor in their quest to save their friend, Seven, and find the fragment of Exis. Will they succeed? In The Contest, Max has to race the Moxorian champion in a deadly contest, but who will win? The micro-friends return to Planet Exis with the four fragments. Will they be able to re-form the Core, or will Badlaw get in the way? Find out in Return to Exis. 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.

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: 07/06/2021

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 Origins: Turquoise Book Band, Oxford Level 7: Discovery: The Silver Box

Project X Origins: Turquoise Book Band, Oxford Level 7: Discovery: The Silver Box

Author: Tony Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2021

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. Max makes an exciting discovery in a charity shop in The Silver Box, which will soon change his life and the lives of three of his friends, forever. 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: Orange Book Band, Oxford Level 6: What a Waste: Max the Detective

Project X Origins: Orange Book Band, Oxford Level 6: What a Waste: Max the Detective

Author: Tony Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2021

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. When a puddle appears in the playground and the taps stop working at school, a micro-sized Max decides to turn detective in Max the Detective and investigate what could be causing the plumbing problems. 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.

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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