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Philip Ardagh

Known for books including The Grunts, the Grubtown Tales and Eddie Dickens series, as well as his very impressive beard, Philip Ardagh is a very distinctive, talented and hilarious children’s author. A Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner, he has written over 100 books that are packed with weird and wonderful characters.

Before becoming an author, Philip worked at an advertising agency and then as a library assistant. A regular at literary festivals, he also reviews children’s books for the Guardian.


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Philip Ardagh Books

  • National Trust Secret Diaries Collection - 4 Books

    Philip Ardagh

    Product Code: NTSD
    Collection 7 years +
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    Fact meets fiction in these thrilling and hilarious historical stories from Philip Ardagh.

    Children can read the story of Jane Pinny, a Victorian house maid who just happens to be a talented detective; Tudor boy spy Thomas Snoop; Medieval knight-in-training John Drawbridge; and Kitty Cask - the daughter of a Cornish smuggler.

    Funny from first page to last, these books are packed with great characters and exciting plots. Oh, and they're bursting with facts about times gone by that will help children's history studies - without them even realising.
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  • National Trust: The Secret Diary of Jane Pinny, Victorian House Maid

    Philip Ardagh

    Product Code: EEM2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    Jane Pinny learns all about the work of a Victorian house maid in this funny and factual book from the one and only Philip Ardagh.

    She discovers being a Maid of all Work means carrying out ALL of the work including cleaning, dusting, scrubbing, washing and other chores.

    When a priceless jade necklace belonging to the lady of the house disappears, Jane turns accidental detective. Will she be able to solve this mystery?
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  • Norman the Norman from Normandy

    Philip Ardagh

    Product Code: AYQ2
    Paperback 5 years +
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    Like all Normans, Little Norman from Normandy loves fighting - and now he's inherited his father Great Big Norman's broad sword.

    Little Norman will have to grow as he vows to avenge his father's death... This is an appealing story full of funny antics and sublime sword swinging.

    All the text is presented in a special easy-to-read font and quality cream paper, making it suitable for all readers (including those with dyslexia).
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  • National Trust: The Secret Diary of Thomas Snoop, Tudor Boy Spy

    Philip Ardagh

    Product Code: EDM2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    You can always trust Philip Ardagh to bring plenty of wit and joy in his children's book and The Secret Diary of Thomas Snoop, Tudor Boy Spy is no exception.

    With a name like Snoop, it was always likely Thomas would become a spy and now he has a top-secret mission to complete. Lord Severn, the right-hand man to the Tudor king, has asked him to uncover some traitors plotting against the crown...

    With historical facts and trivia scattered throughout, this is a fun, entertaining and educational read for any child interested in our past.
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  • National Trust: The Secret Diary of John Drawbridge, a Medieval Knight in Training

    Philip Ardagh

    Product Code: EEJ2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    John Drawbridge moves to Wildmoat Castle to learn how to be a knight in this hilarious and fact-filled book from popular author, Philip Ardagh.

    John discovers he has a lot to cram in if he is to succeed - including why spiral staircases go clockwise, how to defend a castle against invading parties and the reasons that plates served at banquet are made of stale bread (which you definitely shouldn't eat!).

    Published in association with the National Trust, this fun book will help children learn about Medieval times and inspire them to read on further about this fascinating era.
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  • Hero Academy: Oxford Level 7, Turquoise Book Band: The Exagger-tron

    Philip Ardagh

    Product Code: BQZTS
    Paperback
    Project X Hero Academy is a fully decodable and finely levelled reading series set in a school for superheroes, designed to captivate and motivate all young readers and turn them into reading superheroes. The Exagger-tron is in Turquoise Book Band, Oxford Level 7, and supports Letters and Sounds Phase 6. In this story, the Head tells Axel that he has a special task for him in Corridor B12 a corridor that is usually forbidden to pupils What exciting mission awaits him? Each book can be used for independent reading, but also contains inside cover notes that include help on developing vocabulary and prompt questions that can be used for guided reading and one-to-one sessions. Full guided reading notes are provided in the corresponding handbook. There are also a range of follow-up activities to support reading for pleasure.
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  • Hero Academy: Oxford Level 8, Purple Book Band: Silver Shadow

    Philip Ardagh

    Product Code: BQZTP
    Paperback
    Project X Hero Academy is a fully decodable and finely levelled reading series set in a school for superheroes, designed to captivate and motivate all young readers and turn them into reading superheroes. Silver Shadow is in Purple Book Band, Oxford Level 8, and supports Letters and Sounds Phase 6. In this story, Slink, the school cat, goes missing from Hero Academy, and Ben has to race against the clock to find him before the tracker in his collar stops working. Will Ben manage to rescue Slink in time? Each book can be used for independent reading, but also contains inside cover notes that include help on developing vocabulary and prompt questions that can be used for guided reading and one-to-one sessions. Full guided reading notes are provided in the corresponding handbook. There are also a range of follow-up activities to support reading for pleasure.
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  • The Grunts All at Sea

    Philip Ardagh

    Product Code: AJQOS
    Paperback
    Mr Grunt's a man with a mission. He has to get a Person of Great Importance (or POGI) to someone called Mrs Bayliss by the twenty-fifth. Alive and well. And he can't tell anyone more than that, not even his lovely wife, Mrs Grunt, because there will be people trying to snatch the POGI and so the POGI must be transported in secret. It's an exciting adventure, but what interests Mr Grunt most are the silver coins he's been promised at the end of it. The Grunts' stolen son, Sunny, has a few questions. Who is the big-earringed cyclist? Why does the POGI have to wear a barrel all the time? Is Rodders Lasenby a lovely person or simply the rudest man on the planet? And how long will it be before they find themselves All At Sea?
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  • The Wrong End of the Stick: Stick and Fetch Investigate

    Philip Ardagh

    Product Code: BXLEJ
    Paperback
    In this hilarious sequel to the hugely popular Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Sally Stick and her shaggy best friend Fetch discover plenty more mysteries to solve. Like, Is there a beaver loose in the town? Who is the handbag thief? And, most importantly, Why does Uncle Bob's house always smell of biscuits? Somehow, despite the accidents, misunderstandings and general confusion that dog the hapless pair wherever they go, they always get results. And they have a lot of fun along the way!
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  • The Little Adventurers: Sandy Sand Sandwiches

    Philip Ardagh

    Product Code: BXGDY
    Paperback
    If you're brave, honest, helpful, good to your planet and kind to animals (even ones that don't do much ... like worms) then you, too, can be a Little Adventurer. From the award-winning Philip Ardagh, and illustrator Elissa Elwick, comes the third installment in the Little Adventurers trilogy! Meet the Little Adventurers - Finnegan, Sprat, Floss and Peanut. Each week they meet in their top-secret shed HQ, ready to share their fun with you! This week it's hot, hot, hot, so their mission is to ... cool down, at the BEACH! The four friends pack their snazzy swimsuits and hop into Finnegan's daddy's car. They're going to make sand sculptures, lick ice cream cones and, best of all, see what teeny-tiny rockpool creatures they can find... With an activity idea and an information page at the back of every story, the Little Adventurers will encourage hours of immersive play, and will ignite the imagination of curious explorers everywhere.
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  • The Story of Doctor Dolittle

    Philip Ardagh

    Product Code: BQXRP
    Hardback
    Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure. Doctor Dolittle is one of the most delightful and fascinating characters in children's literature. This Macmillan Collector's Library edition of The Story of Doctor Dolittle is illustrated with Hugh Lofting's own drawings, and includes updated material and an afterword by author Philip Ardagh. Doctor Dolittle's house in Puddleby-on-the-Marsh is full to the brim with eccentric characters, from Polynesia the parrot to Gub-Gub the pig. After learning the languages of all his animals, the gracious and kind-hearted doctor hears that the monkeys in Africa have become inflicted with a terrible disease. So with a team of trusty creatures by his side, the doctor sets sail on an action-packed adventure to save them.
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  • Norman the Norman and the Very Small Duchess

    Philip Ardagh

    Product Code: BQBNH
    Paperback
    Norman the Norman is at it again! And this time the Duchess of Normandy is determined that her William should have little Norman helping with this "Conquest thingy". After all he is Normandy's bravest broadsword swinging hero! But can Norman even make it to the boat on time? Or are there other adventures to be had with robbers, giants, a messenger called Barry, and Matilda the very small Duchess... An enticing combination of historical facts, supposition, slapstick humour and authorial asides. Comic genius.
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  • Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Stick and Fetch Investigate

    Philip Ardagh

    Product Code: BMPZT
    Paperback
    Sally loves nothing more than investigating a good mystery - and her shaggy French poodle Fetch loves nothing more than to be at her side when she does. There's just one small problem: they always gets the wrong end of the stick! The hapless pair remain undeterred, however, dashing from one crime scene to another on their bicycle, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake ... yet always emerging blissfully unaware. A fun, madcap trio of stories featuring two loveable heroes and a LOT of hair.
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  • Little Adventurers: What Bear? Where?

    Philip Ardagh

    Product Code: BHASC
    Hardback 3 years +
    If you're brave, helpful, honest, good to your planet and kind to animals (even ones that don't do much ... like boring worms) then you, too, can be a Little Adventurer.From the award-winning Philip Ardagh, and rising illustration talent Elissa Elwick, comes the second instalment in a brand-new picture book series! Meet the Little Adventurers - Finnegan, Sprat, Floss and Peanut. Each week they meet in their top-secret shed HQ, ready to share their fun with you! This week, their mission is to spot animals - creepy-crawly, furry or fishy! But animal-spotting day is not without its challenges for such an imaginative troop of friends... Even with Sprat's homemade binoculars on-hand, hosepipes can be mistaken for snakes, dad's broom for a prickly hedgehog, and - eek! - can that really be a grizzly bear lurking behind that bush? With an activity idea and an information page with every story in the series, the Little Adventurers four will encourage hours of immersive play, and will ignite the imagination of curious explorers everywhere.
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  • Little Adventurers: What Bear? Where?

    Philip Ardagh

    Product Code: BGZFC
    Paperback 3 years +
    If you're brave, helpful, honest, good to your planet and kind to animals (even ones that don't do much ... like boring worms) then you, too, can be a Little Adventurer.From the award-winning Philip Ardagh, and rising illustration talent Elissa Elwick, comes the second instalment in a brand-new picture book series! Meet the Little Adventurers - Finnegan, Sprat, Floss and Peanut. Each week they meet in their top-secret shed HQ, ready to share their fun with you! This week, their mission is to spot animals - creepy-crawly, furry or fishy! But animal-spotting day is not without its challenges for such an imaginative troop of friends... Even with Sprat's homemade binoculars on-hand, hosepipes can be mistaken for snakes, dad's broom for a prickly hedgehog, and - eek! - can that really be a grizzly bear lurking behind that bush? With an activity idea and an information page with every story in the series, the Little Adventurers four will encourage hours of immersive play, and will ignite the imagination of curious explorers everywhere.
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  • National Trust: The Secret Diary of John Drawbridge, a Medieval Knight in Training

    Philip Ardagh

    Product Code: AZNQV
    Paperback
    John Drawbridge has moved to Widemoat Castle to learn to become a knight. And there is a LOT to learn...How to charge with a lance on horseback without falling off. Why the spiral staircases always go up in a clockwise direction. How to defend the castle against invading parties. Why the plates served at banquets are made of stale bread (and why you shouldn't eat them...). And much, MUCH more. So it's no wonder that John decides to keep a diary (even if it is only an imaginary one...) of his time at the castle. Things REALLY liven up when the castle is attacked by an invading Welsh party - but can John foil their plot before it's too late...?
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  • Grubtown Tales: The Far from Great Escape

    Philip Ardagh

    Product Code: AUOTH
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    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. As Beardy Ardagh reports, when the local lighthouse is plunged into darkness and a ship runs aground - flattening The Rusty Dolphin - it's hard to imagine things can get much worse in Grubtown. But then there's a jail-break and the Police Department (all three of them) need all the help they can get from the (often bonkers) townsfolk. No wonder more trouble is waiting just around the corner.
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  • The Archaeologist's Handbook

    Philip Ardagh

    Product Code: AUOTF
    Paperback
    The Archaeologists' Handbook takes a look at the role of archaeologists from the discovery of an artefact or archaeological site to the identification, dating, preservation, restoration, and understanding of what has been found. This book looks at everything from the most basic archaeological techniques to the latest technological advances used to assist the modern archaeologist; all explained in Ardagh's inimitable and amusing style. The various branches of archaeology are explained, and it is shown how archaeologists with different skills and expertise work together with experts from other fields - including geologists, biologists and those all-important historians - to help create a better understanding of our ancestors, whatever part of the world they might have lived in. With a glossary of terms in the back, and a section on the stories behind the most famous discoveries, this is a must for amateur archaeologists, young and old.
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  • The Unlikely Outlaws

    Philip Ardagh

    Product Code: AUOTA
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    Join author Philip Ardagh, assistant Dotty and harrassed editor Adrian as together they craft the entertaining escapades of young knight-to-be Tom Dashwood and his merry band of outlaws. Well, just as soon as Philip can be convinced to write the manuscript...A story within a story, this rollicking laugh-out-loud romp is sure to appeal to readers of all ages and is particularly suitable for 7-9s.
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  • Grubtown Tales: The Wrong End of the Dog

    Philip Ardagh

    Product Code: AUOSV
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    Coming a month before the special World Book Day publication is the fourth instalment of the silliest series on record: As eye-witness Beardy Ardagh reports, when famous film star Tawdry Hipbone visits Grubtown for the world premiere of her latest movie, "For the Love of Ducks II", Mayor Flabby Gomez couldn't be more excited but, as usual, nothing goes to plan. Miss Hipbone's dog, Snooks, is snatched by a low-flying pelican, and it's a race against time to find him, in a rescue attempt involving Grubtown's usual ragbag of bungling buffoons.
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  • The Grunts in a Jam

    Philip Ardagh

    Product Code: ANHXQ
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    Oh no! The Grunts are on the loose. And this time they're in a VERY sticky situation.When Mrs Grunt's mother, the gloomy Ma Lunge, enters a Preserves, Jams and Jellies competition, what could possibly go wrong?Plenty. Add a nose-biting squirrel, escaped bees, rogue fireworks and crashing biplanes (AGAIN!), and you'll see why poor Sunny and Mimi have a lot on their plate. And that's BEFORE the Grunts end up in jail.
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  • Splash, Crash and Loads of Cash: Grubtown Tales

    Philip Ardagh

    Product Code: AJXZE
    Paperback
    News just in from Beardy Ardagh: When a yachting trip turns to disaster and the shipwrecked crew, including Mango Claptrap, ends up using the impressively large Flabby Gomez as a man-made floating island, they need help. Who better to rescue them than the exceedingly useless lifeboat crew over at Limp, assisted by Grubtown's very own chief of police Grabby Hanson? But they have problems of their own. Can Jilly Cheeter save the day? And what about those hungry sharks? Praise for "Grubtown Tales": 'Philip Ardagh has invented his own style of storytelling' - Michael Rosen, Children's Laureate. 'Frenetic, high energy humour and more fun than cleaning the underside of a garden snail with your tongue' - "Daily Mail" on "Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky". 'Lovers of the absurd and disgusting will delight in Ardagh's new series' - "The Guardian" on "Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky". 'Philip Ardagh writes funny like he can't help it ...Silly, silly, silly. Young readers will love them' - "Independent on Sunday". 'This hilarious book will have you splitting your sides with laughter and wanting to read more, more, and more!' - Blue Peter Book Club on "The Year that it Rained Cows".
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  • Trick Eggs and Rubber Chickens: Grubtown Tales

    Philip Ardagh

    Product Code: AJXZD
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    If Beardy Ardagh is to be believed, things all start going on the bonkers side of very wrong when Mayor Flabby Gomez finally finishes knitting his new home and declares a public holiday in Grubtown for its official opening. There will be free ice-cream and entertainment...only there's been a mix-up at the suppliers and the wrong costumes and props have arrived. And, if that weren't bad enough, there's the matter of a serious leak at Grubtown's new aquarium.
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