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Jon Blake

  • 4 stars across 43 books
Jon Blake lives in Cardiff with his partner and two young children. He qualified as a teacher in 1979. His first story was published in 1984; since then he's earned his living as a writer of books, TV and radio scripts, and as a teacher of creative writing. Previous books include the best-selling You're a Hero Daley B, Stinky Fingers' House of Fun and The Last Free Cat.  Martin Chatterton's own books include Monster and Chips (OUP) and some of the Middle School books with James Patterson, and he has illustrated many, many books in UK and Australia, including stories by Julia Donaldson and Tony Bradman.
19th May 2016

Thimble Monkey Superstar

Life is never boring now that Jams and his family have a monkey to look after. Jams and his mum love Thimble, but Dad is... MoreThimble Monkey Superstar

(12 reviews) Review
9th November 2017

Thimble Holiday Havoc

Jams lives with his mum, dad and his best friend and biggest headache, Thimble, a hugely clever monkey who one of Dad's ... MoreThimble Holiday Havoc

(11 reviews) Review
20th February 2020

Thimble Wonga Bonkers

When Mum goes away for the week, Jams, Dad and Thimble the monkey are left with just thirty quid for the groceries. Dad ... MoreThimble Wonga Bonkers

(8 reviews) Review
22nd March 2012

You're a Hero, Daley B!

A hilarious picture book about a rabbit with an identity crisis from the illustrator of The Gruffalo . Daley... MoreYou're a Hero, Daley B!

(1 review) Review
30th December 2010


Oshie is an engaging, funny, enthusiastic and often rebellious boy - it just so happens he has cerebral palsy. In these... MoreOshie

(0 reviews) Review
28th September 2010

Mutiny on the School Ship Bounty

There's a crisis at Owen Glyn Bowen School - it's gone down a hole in the ground! But it isn't a problem for the headmis... MoreMutiny on the School Ship Bounty

(0 reviews) Review
1st October 2004

Oxford Reading Tree

"Stage 5 More Stories C" - the latest 24pp titles at Stage 5 of "Oxford Reading Tree". These new and exciting stories ar... MoreOxford Reading Tree

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15th May 2008

The Last Free Cat

Not far in the future, cat flu has meant that cat breeding is strictly controlled, and cats are only for the rich in t... MoreThe Last Free Cat

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13th October 2005

Stinky Finger: Crazy Party at the House of Fun

It is December, and Stinky and friends hit on the idea of inviting everyone they know to the House of Fun for Christma... MoreStinky Finger: Crazy Party at the House of Fun

(0 reviews) Review
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