Andy Blackford

Andy Blackford

  • 4 stars across 29 books
After leaving Oxford with a degree in politics, philosophy and economics, Andy disappointed nearly everyone by joining a rock band.

The band disappointed the record buying public and he moved to Amsterdam where he was employed to realise the questionable ambitions of visiting American musicians.

He returned to London to become a music publisher and then a professional skateboarder.

His friend the editor Susan Hill encouraged him to write and there followed a number of books on implausibly disparate subjects.

He won the Independent/Scholastic Children's Story of the Year competition with Spare Bear, which involved drinking champagne with Andrew Marr (the awards ceremony, not the story).

Since then he has written over twenty titles, mainly for younger children and including the Little Joe trilogy.

He is also the author of books on scuba diving and ultra-marathon running, as well as a (not very) grown-up novel, Accrual World.

However, his most likely qualification for immortality so far is the advertising jingle, Um Bongo, Um Bongo, they drink it in the Congo.

Andy invented the NatWest Piggies, has run across the Sahara Desert, ridden horses through the Atlas Mountains and these days tries to suppress an unhealthy interest in fast motorcycles.

He is a mitra with the Triratna Buddhist Community, teaching meditation to prisoners in a high-security prison.

He lives in the country with his wife, an English teacher, and their daughter.
12th August 2010

Hopscotch Twisty Tales: The Three Little Pigs and the New Neighbour

The Three Little Pigs are terrified when they find out who their new neighbour is! Will they all get eaten up by the Big... MoreHopscotch Twisty Tales: The Three Little Pigs and the New Neighbour

(2 reviews) Review
27th April 2011

Leapfrog: Little Joe's Boat Race

Little Joe hates the village boat race. His boat is too small and he never gets to join in the fun. But, perhaps, this y... MoreLeapfrog: Little Joe's Boat Race

(1 review) Review
9th July 2013

Leapfrog: Little Joe's Horse Race

Little Joe is desperate for a part in the school play. But he's just too little to play Prince Charming. Will Joe get ... MoreLeapfrog: Little Joe's Horse Race

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9th January 2014

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Myths and Legends: Level 15: Dragon Tales

Meet three very different dragons in Dragon Tales. Imagine a dragon - perhaps fire breathing, with scales, claws and a l... MoreOxford Reading Tree TreeTops Myths and Legends: Level 15: Dragon Tales

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30th July 2015

A Stormy Night

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1st October 2004

Oxford Reading Tree

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