Monthly Archives: September 2020

Re-stock tober

Yes, it’s time to restock those bookshelves in October for a jolly mix of wacky nonfiction, rhyming picture books and horrendous history. Plenty of new books are being published over the next months so here are a few to keep toddlers to teens reading, smiling and sparking…

Just imagine it – a new TV chat show where the guests on the sofa are long-dead characters from history. Meet them in the new series called ‘LIVE from the CRYPT‘. Discover personal secrets of the great, good and downright villainous in the Ghosts Reunited features and get to grips with all sorts via ‘In a Nutshell’ where historical background is explained simply within a minute by a visiting ‘expert’. Plenty of comic-strip capers bring the past to ghostly life, as well as panel games and quirky quizzes. The first 4 titles of 10 are due out anytime soon. Click below to restock!



For those a little younger, there are 8 fun-filled picture books on the way, featuring the Scribble Monsters to give us a gentle nudge about manners. Whether they forget to say their pleases and thankyous, need a reminder about ‘bathroom etiquette’, picking up litter or being considerate to others, our little monsters have charming ways to help the wildest of us to become little well-mannered angels!

Meet the friendly Scribble Monsters who scribble lots of signs        And write how manners can be fun on all their scribbly signs…


Tracking and tracing seems to be the new normal – but how about in a new set of board books for little fingers that like to follow the trail then lift the flap? Plenty of wacky vehicles and funny characters are chugging towards us for soothing sensory bedtime sense-ations.


WARNING – It’s here again…

Yes, October is the dreaded month of shivery spookiness. Look out for the new HALLOWEEN STREET to make you giggle in the dark!

The night that troubled Mr. Clark                                      Was Halloween – just after dark,                                     When children spot-on half past four                                 Came ‘Trick or Treating’ at his door…  (The full grisly story HERE)

Climb to the tower of the Creepy Castle – but beware the dungeon dweller! At midnight, visit the mad professor’s Scary Lab, and then go to the Monster Mansion and Witch’s Hut.  PHEW – finally you can relax and pop the books back inside the box to enjoy a  3D spook-scape! OOPS – BREAKING NEWS… Due to the pandemic, printing/deliveries have been held up so we’ll have to wait until next year for this one!

As if that isn’t scary enough, brace yourself for more in the SHIVERS series – just on their way…  Don’t have NIGHTMARES!

And FINALLY – but forever fantastically FABULOUS…..               Congratulations to Dawlish College Library for being awarded the Reading for Pleasure Award after our World Book Day Extravaganza

Happy Re-stOCK-TOBER!



Happy September Returns

Yes, it’s BACK TO SCHOOL for many children and staff this month after being away for what seems ages. So all the best to everyone in this ‘new normal’ and in getting back to class, friends and lots of new books! Here are a few due soon in our new ‘Live from the Crypt‘ TV show style history series – packed with facts, fun and fab cartoons

Cover designs for the new ‘Live from the Crypt’ series

Just in case you like your history with a large dose of cheesy jokes, this month’s big anniversary of MAYFLOWER 400 is packed with groans on both sides of The Atlantic, with the help of 2 versions of my ‘Gross and Awesome‘ book. You have been warned!

Spot the difference

Click on USA version or UK…

  Truly Foul & Cheesy Mayflower Facts & Jokes (Truly Foul & Cheesy Facts & Jokes) by [John  Townsend, David Antram]

For all those ‘Little Monsters’ out there who need reminding about washing hands, using toilets, keeping safe and having the best of manners, we’re looking forward to seeing our series of fun picture books for toddlers – packed with rhyme and reason with the help of the charming SCRIBBLE MONSTERS. More news about these soon but click on a cover to get a kindle edition now or a book next year:


The Scribble Monsters Say Please!

If all those monster manners are just too exhausting, then what better for sleepy toddlers than dreamy tales of snuggly animals ready for bed? Click the cover below for sweet dreams in the Land of Nod!

With chilly nights drawing in, snuggle up with some cosy bedtime friends:-

Dream Time (Tray of Books): John Townsend, Carolyn ...Yes – the above is coming to Australia for sleepy koalas everywhere!

Ssssh it’s late, so snuggle tight – curl up in bed, turn down the light. Now shut those eyes – sweet dreams – GOODNIGHT.   

Have a great time back at school in Snoozy September and enjoy exploring plenty more books whatever your age – HAPPY READING!

Pssst – for a a peep at more Townsend Titles, click on HERE