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Jonny Duddle

  • 5 stars across 23 books
    Jonny Duddle Biography
    Jonny Duddle is an a bestselling author who has written and illustrated multiple picture books and chapter books for Templar Publishing, including the Waterstones Award-winning best-seller The Pirates Next Door and The Pirates of Scurvy Sands which was one of our Books of the Month for March 2018.

    Jonny grew up in North Wales before studying illustration at college. He had a variety of jobs including working on a ship, as a children's entertainer in Majorca, a salesman and an art teacher, before designing characters for computer games. Whilst working in that job, he wrote his first picture book The Pirate Cruncher and his career as a book illustrator began.

    Our favourite Jonny Duddle Book Characters
    The Jolley-Rogers - from The Pirates Next Door
    Rex- from The King of Space
    Bonehead - from Gigantosaurus
    1st February 2014


    All young dinosaurs are warned about the scary Gigantosaurus. So Bonehead volunteers to be the dino-kids lookout whenev... More

    (25 reviews)
    1st June 2010

    The Pirate Cruncher

    An old pirate tells a tavern full of salty sea dogs about an island bursting with hidden treasure. Once they've set sail... More

    (24 reviews)
    1st March 2012

    The Pirates Next Door

    The Jolley-Rogers - a pirate family, are moving to Dull-on-Sea, a quiet seaside town. Stopping to fix up their ship, thi... More

    (16 reviews)
    8th February 2018

    The Pirates of Scurvy Sands

    This summer, Matilda is going on holiday with her friends, the Jolley-Rogers. Their destination is the island of Scurvy ... More

    (15 reviews)
    1st April 2014

    The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon

    Ahoy there shipmates! Climb aboard with a new fiction series from Jonny Duddle featuring the crew from The Pirates Next ... More

    (9 reviews)
    1st November 2015

    The Jolley-Rogers and the Monster's Gold

    When Matilda discovers a treasure map inside an old bottle, she shows it to the Jolley-Rogers and they all set sail to f... More

    (7 reviews)
    1st April 2015

    The Jolley-Rogers and the Cave of Doom

    While the Jolley-Rogers are enjoying a day at the beach, little sister Nugget toddles into a cave. When she doesn't come... More

    (6 reviews)
    13th June 2019

    The Jolley-Rogers and the Pirate Piper

    One morning the townspeople of Dull-on-Sea wake to find that their town is overrun with rats. Big rats, small rats, fier... More

    (5 reviews)
    1st February 2015

    A Pirate's Guide to Landlubbing

    Are you a swashbuckling sea dog curious about the ways of the land? Join Jim Ladd and the notorious Jolley-Rogers family... More

    (3 reviews)
    1st September 2013

    The King of Space

    With the help of unsuspecting friends, Rex creates an army of warbots with dung-blasters and begins his conquest of the ... More

    (2 reviews)
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    • The Pirate Cruncher

      The Pirate Cruncher

      This is a great pirate story, we 'sing' the parts sung by the fiddler to add extra drama! The illustrations are amazing. My daughter loves the pirates...

    • Gigantosaurus


      by TA123

      A fun story of some fabulously named characters! A good moral to it with not telling fibs and some great ways of reading this! A lovely read! ...

    • The Pirates Next Door

      The Pirates Next Door

      Sophie's gone schooling included sessions on pirates. We realised we didn't have any pirate books. Sophie chose this one online, she loved the illustr...