MAY the fourth be with you…

Yes, 4th May seems as good a date as any to announce the count-down to Truly Foul and Cheesy SPACE Facts and Jokes coming to a galaxy near you later this yearso get ready for blast off…

“A book you can’t put down”  Zero-Gravity Times

“Out of this world”  Astronomer Weekly

“It boldly goes where no book has gone before” Stella Bella

Look out for the BOOK LAUNCH 😛 

And thank you to North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards for shortlisting TICKLING WITH WORDS

Just click on the cover to find out more or HERE for a video clip

WHAT THEY SAY… ‘Founded by the ‘Just About Books’ teachers’ book group, the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award was born out of a desire to celebrate the very best in children’s literature. Love it or hate it, poetry is an essential part of a child’s literary diet. Children need a range of poems that are accessible and they can engage with in a variety of ways and on different levels. We would love to find a collection by one or many poets that offers a whole spectrum of styles and topics’. Now they have – in a great line-up of poetry books. Happy tickling with words, Somerset!

 

APPRECIATING APRIL with a SPRING in our step

Yay – it’s SUMMER TERM in the UK! The book world is buzzing with book fairs, new book catalogues and yes, BRAND NEW BOOKS.   Take a peek at my new series ‘BEASTLY SCIENCE’ – now out there and waiting for you to be enthralled…

Guess what – TICKLING WITH WORDS is going to have a new member of the family. Get ready for the whole of British history PICKLED IN RHYMES with Steph Murphy’s fab illustrations in the forthcoming PICKLING with WORDS jacket, Pickling With Words

 

On the MARCH

World Book Week began with a bang at Exeter School, where everyone was buzzing with books. What a warm welcome on such a cold day… as the snow began to fall. Unfortunately, the rest of the week was not so much a write-off as a white-off – so big apologies to all the other schools expecting visits. But hey-ho, the snow has now melted, Storm Emma has blown away and it’s back on the road to make up for lost time. With rescheduled visits and lots of schools booked for Science Week, it’s great to be catching up with old friends in familair schools and meeting new readers of ‘Beastly Science’ and other latest titles. See you soon!

                                      Telling Tales at Exeter School

Ooooh, I’ve just been reminded that this month is my 35th birthday! Not that anyone’s remotely interested, but I’ve now been publishing books every year since March 1983. Blimey!

COMING SOON a batty picture book to keep you on your toes…

Science Week in Essex (this was Great Baddow High School) was sizzling again and it was great to return to the ever-delightful Sweyne Park High School, as well as talk to the whole of year 7 at Beauchamps High School. Mystery Creatures were on the menu at Alderton Primary’s Book Week, then it was off to the fabulous Imperial Avenue Infants School in Leicester for a fantastic end of term WOW!

 

Funny February

More giggles on the way this year…

Plenty more FOUL FACTS & CHEESY JOKES books are taking shape and these will be hot off the press in May. Others (titles are still TOP SECRET) will be hitting the shelves later in the year. Brace yourself…

Truly Foul & Cheesy Scotland Facts and Jokes Book by John Townsend and David Antram    Truly Foul and Cheesy William Shakespeare Facts and Jokes Book by John Townsend and David Antram

COMING SOON… if you dare

How about something to celebrate the 180th Anniversary of the publication of OLIVER TWIST, combined with a mysterious story to mark one of the greatest medical discoveries to change the world? Brace yourself for the turbulent twists and turns of Cornelius Catchpole…

There was a time when it was dangerous to be a child. There was a time when you daren’t tell your story. But now, at last, one story can be told… as the curse has finally run its course. It was the dreaded Curse of the Speckled Monster:-

Two dark volumes of moonlight and skulduggery; ruffians, ragamuffins and rapscallions; plague, pox and pestilence; quackery, blood-letting and shady cloaks & daggers. Gothically ghoulish with sparks of glorious light at the end of a treacherous tunnel!

Foul & Cheesy CHRISTMAS

More Foul and Cheesy Facts & Jokes titles are on their way in 2018, including one for next Christmas!

‘Tis the season to be jolly

Till you sit down on the holly.

Brushing prickles from your undies

Often takes a month of Sundays.

All the seasonal romance

Gets lost with holly in your pants.

Look away when, on all-fours

Nan displays her sparkly drawers.

You won’t believe what just fell out…

Tinsel, crisps and half a sprout!

Look out for PIRATES in the New Year

Taking all this research into piratey tales a bit too far, I’ve now had a leg removed to play Long John Silver in pantomime in January. Here I am in Treasure Island…

 

 

 

 

 

 

See AMAZON here and here

November NON-FICTION

Yes, it’s here again: NATIONAL NON-FICTION NOVEMBER!

🙄click on me!

That means we’re celebrating all manner of information books and having a good look at the WORLD AROUND US. For my part, I’ve been snooping about armed with a ruler to measure any footprint in sight! So, out this month is my whopping great LIFE-SIZED ANIMAL TRACKS with a pull-out African elephant’s footprint… which needed a BIG ruler, a lot of bananas and an elephant-proof safari suit.

Coming next year are some awesome titles (although I say it myself!) with fantastic illustrations, design and WOW information… more soon.

Something for the winter…

Plenty to keep you amused!

And something a bit tickly…

Thank you, Leicester for the fantastic EVERYBODY’S READING Week
What fun we had on the Authors’ Panel at Westcote Library… my writer chums here are Steve Skidmore, Fleur Hitchcock, Simon Cherry and Tamsin Winter.
 
And a big THANKS to the Appledore Book Festival for a great week of school visits in North Devon (one with a thatched roof!), Here’s a quick glimpse of the wonderful Bratton Fleming Community Primary School…
And something to give you the SHIVERS in 2018:-
 

Thanks to Beaumont Leys School in Leicester for inviting me to READING WEEK to talk to all in years 7 – 9.  There was a great mix of keen readers and some not-so-keen, so I did my best to convince all that reading books really can make you smarter, richer and healthier! After all, research published in the Journal of American Academy of Neurology finds that people who engage in reading experience slower memory decline than those who do not. Our own Reading Agency research demonstrates that reading for pleasure builds empathy and improves wellbeing. I was about to tell Year 9 that reading also makes you good-looking and adorable but feared they might sue. But hey, even if reading doesn’t always make you better-looking, it can help you get a better job to pay for decent cosmetic surgery!   😀

 

National Poetry Day

Thursday 28th September, 2017

This year it’s all about FREEDOM – so unleash ideas and let them soar!

Freedom to Imagine

If ignorance is prison that incarcerates the mind,

Then surely education is the key for those confined.

Inspiring books unlock the gates – imaginations freed

How darkness bursts to colour when we open books and READ!

 

Closed minds prefer to see things in black and white…

Liberated thinkers tend to see in glorious colour.

Discuss!

When tiny sparks ignite a flame to flash, flare and spellbind,

Lit words upon the page explode gunpowder of the mind.

Just light the fuse, just read the words, just hear the laughs and screams,

Just taste the tears, just feel the power… LET BOOKS UNLOCK YOUR DREAMS.

(From Tickling with Words )

Words (carefully-chosen, refined, re-written, crafted & distilled)     may not change the world but they might just change minds – even presidents’ or terrorists’…

After all, OPEN BOOKS OPEN MINDS!

From the sublime to the riddly-diculous… here’s comic verse to share for a giggle on National Poetry Day. Happy ESCAPING with words…

“What a wonderful book, full of fun and optimism. Very creative and how tickled I am to have it!”  Sir Ken Dodd OBE (One Boiled Egg)

More FOUL & CHEESY FACTS on their way…

Shsh… it’s a secret – but if you’re already thinking about Christmas presents to make you cringe, groan and giggle, then here’s a quick heads-up as to what’s on the way…

Truly Foul and Cheesy Disasters Jokes and Facts Book - Truly Foul & Cheesy (Paperback) Truly Foul and Cheesy Dinosaurs Jokes and Facts Book - Truly Foul & Cheesy (Paperback)  

Truly Foul and Cheesy Revolting Records Jokes and Facts Books - Truly Foul & Cheesy (Paperback)     Truly Foul and Cheesy Mummy Mania Jokes and Facts Book - Truly Foul & Cheesy (Paperback)

Truly Foul and Cheesy Romans in Britain Jokes and Facts Book - Truly Foul & Cheesy (Paperback)     Truly Foul and Cheesy Genius Jokes and Facts Book - Truly Foul & Cheesy (Paperback)

Also on its way is a must for anyone interested in wildlife…

Life-Size Animal Tracks (Hardback)

Tickling With Words: Creatures, Teachers and Cheesy Queasy Features  (click here for a clip or here)

“I love sharing poetry with children and this chunky hardback book with its colourful pages would make a perfect gift to encourage children to enjoy poetry. Packed with ridiculous rhymes and gut-busting gags all set in scenarios familiar to children, from Trick and Treat to school assemblies, these are perfect for reading aloud. The book is a great introduction to poetry as children cannot fail to respond to the humour and light-hearted approach. The poems are perfectly set off by Stef Murphy’s colourful illustrations”.

From PARENTS IN TOUCH