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Francesca Simon

  • 4 stars across 290 books
    Francesca Simon Biography
    Francesca Simon is one of the UK's most popular authors, having written over 50 books for children of all ages, her best known series is Horrid Henry which began in 1994.

    Francesca grew up in California before studying at Yale and Oxford Universities. She turned down a career as a medievalist and became a successful freelance journalist instead. She was inspired to start writing children's books after reading so many stories to her son Joshua. Her Horrid Henry series, illustrated by Tony Ross, is popular worldwide selling millions of copies and being published in 27 languages. In 2008, Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman won the Children’s Book of the Year Award at the Galaxy British Book Awards.

    Francesca lives in North London with her family.

    Francesca Simon Facts
    Francesca loves inspiring young writers and is often a judge for school competitions. She has also been a judge for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. 

    One of Francesca's proudest moments in her career was in 2009 when she was awarded a Gold Blue Peter badge.

    Our favourite Francesca Simon Book Characters
    Henry - from the Horrid Henry series
    Margaret - from Moody Margaret Strikes Back

    Our favourite Francesca Simon Book Quotes
    “There's nothing that makes a girl feel less like smiling than some oaf leering at her to change her face” (The Monstrous Child)

    “Horrid Henry scowled. Typical teacher. You’re interested enough in what they’re saying to ask a question, and suddenly they don’t want to answer.” (Horrid Henry's Stinkbomb)

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    2nd August 2018

    The Goat Cafe

    Goats eat EVERYTHING! Especially when a garden gate is left open and a feast awaits. Not content with strawberries, lemo... More

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    22nd January 2009

    Horrid Henry Early Reader: Horrid Henry's Birthday Party: Book 2

    Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and ... More

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    7th March 2013

    Horrid Henry Early Reader: Horrid Henry and the Demon Dinner Lady: Book 21

    Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and re... More

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    4th February 2021

    Two Terrible Vikings

    This viking duo will give Horrid Henry a run for his money! What if your parents WANTED you to behave badly? Set in th... More

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    7th January 2010

    Horrid Henry Early Reader: Horrid Henry Gets Rich Quick: Book 5

    Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and ... More

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    1st January 2007

    Don't Be Horrid, Henry!: Book 1

    Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and re... More

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    28th May 2009

    Horrid Henry Early Reader: Horrid Henry's Holiday: Book 3

    Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and ... More

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    23rd February 2017

    Horrid Henry Funny Fact Files: World Book Day 2017

    An exclusive World Book Day 2017 collection of Horrid Henry's best and most brilliant facts! Collated especially t... More

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    29th April 2010

    Football Fiend: Book 14

    Number One for Fiendish Fun! This book contains a secret diary, a football match, a shopping trip and a DREADFUL en... More

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    22nd May 2014

    Horrid Henry: Book 1

    Number One for Fiendish Fun! This book contains HIDEOUS behaviour, terrible dancing, disgusting glop and a trip to ... More

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