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Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky

Written by Philip Ardagh

Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Winner of the 7 - 14 yr old category of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2009.

You cannot fail to find the town of Grubtown and its inhabitants hysterically funny.  What goes on defies belief but if you've read books by Phillip Ardagh before then you'll know what we mean.  In addition to getting a belly-full of laughs readers must be aware that the disgusting habits of most of the inhabitants could well rub off on the reader if they're not careful!

And if your children love Grubtown then do get them to go to

Drawing on the weird and wonderful characters and settings from the Grubtown books, features six distinct Grubtown locations – including the Daily Herald newspaper office, the Duckhouse/Museum and Smoky’s cinema. From April 29 until June 3, a new location unlocks each week, treating users to a special Grubtown story, delivered in instalments. Readers are encouraged to interact with characters and objects, and can discover exclusive downloads. The site incorporates fun audio and video - what more could you ask for!



Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky Synopsis

You won't find Grubtown on any maps. The last time any map-makers were sent anywhere near the place they were found a week later wearing nothing but pages from a telephone directory, and calling for their mothers. It's certainly a town and certainly grubby - except for the squeaky clean parts - but everything else we know about the place comes from Beardy Ardagh, town resident and author of these tales.

Grubtown is full of oddballs - from the singing Grumbly girls to a family of duck-haters, and an out-sized mayor who's knitting a new house - but Manual Org is too repulsive even for them. Getting him to leave town is top priority, until the discovery of a humongous diamond changes everything...

Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky Press Reviews

Michael Rosen, former Children's Laureate and one of the judges for the 2009 Roald Dahl Funny Prize said of this book:

'A book with a cast of characters crazy enough to wake Spike Milligan from his home on the Ning Nang Nong.'

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ISBN: 9780571242320
Publication date: 07/05/2009
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571242320
Publication date: 7th May 2009
Author: Philip Ardagh
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 160 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About Philip Ardagh

Philip Ardagh was our Guest Editor in May 2010. Click here to see the books that inspired him. Philip Ardagh, whose very first Grubtown Tale won him the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, is author of numerous books including the award-winning Eddie Dickens adventures, which have been translated into over 30 languages. He wrote BBC Radio’s first truly interactive radio drama, collaborated with Sir Paul McCartney on his first children’s book and is a ‘regularly irregular’ reviewer of children’s books for the Guardian. Married with a son, he divides his time between Tunbridge Wells and ...

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