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Philip Ardagh

  • 5 stars across 78 books
    Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning author Philip Ardagh is the author of The Grunts and National Trust: The Secret Diary series. He is probably best known for his Grubtown Tales, but he is author of over 100 books. He is a "regular irregular" reviewer of children's books for The Guardian, and is currently developing a series for television. Philip Ardagh is two metres tall with a ridiculously big, bushy beard and size sixteen feet, making him an instantly recognisable figure at literary festivals around the world.
    1st September 2016

    The Little Adventurers: Leafy the Pet Leaf

    If you're brave, helpful, honest, good to your planet and kind to animals (even ones that don't do much ... like boring ... More

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    3rd September 2015

    The Grunts on the Run

    Over the years, the Grunts have made more than a few enemies. But fortunately they're all safely behind bars. Or are the... More

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    7th September 2017

    National Trust: The Secret Diary of Jane Pinny, Victorian House Maid

    Jane Pinny has moved to the very grand Lytton House to be a Maid Of All Work. And being a Maid Of All Work means that sh... More

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    3rd August 2009

    Creepy-crawlies

    Meet Henry, an ordinary boy in an extraordinary house... There's a big bug in the wardrobe and a scorpion in the ... More

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    1st April 2014

    The Grunts all at Sea

    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 t... More

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    1st September 2012

    The Grunts in Trouble

    Mr and Mrs Grunt, who are neither clean nor clever, live with their adopted - in fact, abducted - son, Sunny, in a donke... More

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    4th May 2017

    National Trust: The Secret Diary of John Drawbridge, a Medieval Knight in Training

    John Drawbridge has moved to Widemoat Castle to learn to become a knight. And there is a LOT to learn. . . How to charg... More

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    1st July 2009

    Egyptians

    Meet Henry, an ordinary boy in an extraordinary house...There's a pyramid in the back garden and a pharaoh in the living... More

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    2nd August 2010

    Romans

    Meet Henry, an ordinary boy in an extraordinary house...There's a gladiator in the basement and an arena in the garden. ... More

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    1st August 2013

    Sharks and Other Sea Creatures

    A humorous, accessible entry into the world of information books for inquisitive young readers, in full colour wit... More

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    1st December 1993

    The Big Book of Christmas

    This title features all-encompassing Christmas package. It offers fun, photocopiable activities involving English, maths... More

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    3rd August 2009

    Dinosaurs

    Meet Henry, an ordinary boy in an extraordinary house... There's a diplodocus in the basement and fossil footprin... More

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    4th June 2015

    The Black Knight Of Gressingham

    Third instalment of funnyman Philip Ardagh's Olde Worlde Gressingham trilogy following the Green Men. Squat is simply mi... More

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    4th August 2011

    The Eddie Dickens Trilogy

    AWFUL END When both of Eddie Dickens's parents catch a disease that makes them turn yellow, go a bit crinkly round the e... More

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    3rd May 2007

    Final Curtain: Further Adventures of Eddie Dickens Book 3

    In this, the third and final of The Further Adventures of Eddie Dickens, our saucer-eyed hero Eddie Dickens finds himsel... More

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    1st October 2002

    Fall of Fergal: Unlikely Exploits Book One

    From the creator of the best-selling Eddie Dickens trilogy comes Book One of his darkly hilarious new trilogy, charting ... More

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    28th January 2016

    Space

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    11th October 2012

    The Truth About Christmas

    The truth about Christmas - its traditions unravelled! Have you ever wondered: - Who decided to celebrate Jesu... More

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    3rd April 2014

    The Further Adventures of Eddie Dickens

    Eddie Dickens finds himself far from home in the heathery highlands of Scotland for some Further Adventures embracing ... More

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    14th November 2013

    Knights and Castles

    Get creative with these fun knights and castles activities. Follow the briliant step-by-step photographs to make a knigh... More

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    4th September 2003

    Terrible Times

    In the third instalment of the Eddie Dickens saga, our hero finds himself en route to North America with some of the mos... More

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    22nd October 2010

    Green Men of Gressingham

    The Green Men of Gressingham are medieval outlaws. When a new tax is introduced, they turn to kidnapping! A hilarious pl... More

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    1st April 2004

    Heir of Mystery: Unlikely Exploits 2: Unlikely Exploits Book 2

    A cross between Dickens and Monty Python, this is the second book in the "Unlikely Explots" trilogy chronicling the adve... More

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    18th April 2012

    The Red Dragons Of Gressingham

    The Green Men of Gressingham return with this sequel, available for the first time as a 4u2read. Full of twists, turns... More

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    7th April 2003

    Heir of Mystery

    Book Two in Philip Ardagh's darkly hilarious new trilogy, Unlikely Exploits, charting the extraordinary change in fortun... More

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    1st July 2009

    Bodies

    Meet Henry, an ordinary boy in an extraordinary house...There's a skeleton on the floor and a giant nose on the landing!... More

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    17th May 2007

    Unlikely Exploits Boxed Set

    A box set that contains - The Fall of Fergal, Heir of Mystery and The Rise of the House of McNally.... More

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    4th September 2014

    The Grunts in a Jam

    Oh no! The Grunts are on the loose. And this time they're in a VERY sticky situation. When Mrs Grunt's mother, the gloom... More

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    6th March 2015

    The Unlikely Outlaws

    Join author Philip Ardagh, assistant Dotty and harrassed editor Adrian as together they craft the entertaining escapades... More

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    4th March 2010

    Grubtown Tales: The Wrong End of the Dog: Grubtown Tales

    Coming a month before the special World Book Day publication is the fourth instalment of the silliest series on record: ... More

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    18th September 2008

    The Red Dragons Of Gressingham

    The green men of Gressingham are on a quest to find a dragon! The hilarious follow up to The Green Men of Gressingham. B... More

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    14th June 2012

    Knights and Castles

    Get creative with these fun knights and castles activities. Follow the step-by-step photographs to make a knight's helme... More

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    5th May 2011

    Grubtown Tales: When Bunnies Turn Bad: Grubtown Tales

    If Beardy Ardagh is to be believed, the trouble begins when a monkey escapes from the grubtown old folks home, or when t... More

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    17th June 2002

    Why are Castles Castle-Shaped?: 100 1/2 Questions about Castles Answered

    Philip Ardagh has a passion for history. During his numerous children's events over the years, he has been asked just ab... More

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    2nd September 2010

    Grubtown Tales: Splash, Crash and Loads of Cash: Grubtown Tales

    News just in from Beardy Ardagh: When a yachting trip turns to disaster and the shipwrecked crew, including Mango Claptr... More

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    5th October 2006

    High in the Clouds

    Imagine a land where all the animals are free . . . To the creatures of the woodland, the land of Animalia sounds like... More

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    3rd September 2009

    Grubtown Tales: The Far From Great Escape: Grubtown Tales

    You won't find Grubtown on any maps. The last time any map-makers were sent anywhere near the place they were found a we... More

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    17th June 2002

    The Archaeologists' Handbook

    The Archaeologists' Handbook takes a look at the role of archaeologists from the discovery of an artefact or archaeologi... More

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    1st May 2010

    Grubtown Tales: Trick Eggs and Rubber Chickens: Grubtown Tales

    If Beardy Ardagh is to be believed, things all start going on the bonkers side of very wrong when Mayor Flabby Gomez fin... More

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    7th May 2009

    Grubtown Tales: The Year that it Rained Cows: Grubtown Tales

    A startled cow falling out of nowhere onto Limbo Goulash while he's riding Marley Gripe's bicycle marks the start of a c... More

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    1st June 2001

    Did Dinosaurs Snore?: 100 and a Half Dinosaur Questions Answered

    Did dinosaurs have any hair? What did a dinosaur's nest look like? How do we know what colour they were? What was the da... More

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    4th November 2010

    Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky: Grubtown Tales

    All hail Grubtown - where mayhem rules the day and exceptional silliness is a way of life! This is the first book in ... More

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    5th April 2018

    What's in the Truck?

    '...Out glides a limo, as sleek as a plane, With big gleaming hubcaps as bright as champagne'. The first in a comic 'Wha... More

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    11th May 2017

    Norman the Norman from Normandy

    Little Norman the Norman from Normandy loves fighting. All Normans do. When he inherits the broad sword that belonged to... More

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    16th October 2000

    Awful End

    When both of Eddie Dickens's parents catch a disease that makes them turn yellow, go a bit crinkly round the edges and s... More

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    7th September 2017

    Little Adventurers: What Bear? Where?

    If you're brave, helpful, honest, good to your planet and kind to animals (even ones that don't do much ... like boring ... More

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    19th October 2017

    The Moomins: The World of Moominvalley

    A showstopping luxury gift book to cherish for years to come, The Moomins: The World of Moominvalley is the ulti... More

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    3rd May 2018

    The Hieroglyphs Handbook

    Impress your friends! Please the Pharoahs! Appease the gods! Forget the Rosetta Stone, if you want to decipher hieroglyp... More

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    3rd May 2018

    The Archaeologists' Handbook

    The Archaeologist's Handbook tells you all you need to know about archaeology: from discovering artefacts or exploring a... More

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    4th September 2003

    Dubious Deeds

    Pint-sized hero Eddie Dickens is back and this time he's miles from home. In this tale of deceit and double-dealing, Edd... More

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    6th July 2006

    Final Curtain

    In this, the third and final of "The Further Adventures of Eddie Dickens", our saucer-eyed hero Eddie Dickens finds hims... More

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    21st July 2005

    Horrendous Habits

    After a serious accident involving a gorse bush, Eddie Dickens finds himself being cared for by monks of the Bertian ord... More

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    4th October 1999

    Hieroglyphs Handbook

    Learn to decipher the language of the pharaohs and solve the riddle of the pyramids with "The Hieroglyphs Handbook". Thi... More

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    17th May 2007

    Further Adventures of Eddie Dickens Boxed Set

    A box set containing books featuring Eddie Dickens - Dubious Deeds, Horrendous Habits and Final Curtain.... More

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    1st August 2008

    Philip Ardagh's book of absolutely useless lists for absolutely every day of the year

    Expect the unexpected in this ridiculously named, reassuringly chunky book, jam-packed full of eye-openingly absurd fact... More

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    1st September 2006

    The Truth About Fairies

    Everything you ever wanted to know about fairies. A very funny, entertaining and informative book from Philip Ardagh. Fi... More

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    1st September 2009

    Philip Ardagh's Book of Howlers, Blunders and Random Mistakery

    When the Pope visited Spain, an American company decided to cash in on the event by printing special T-shirts for sale t... More

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    3rd January 2013

    The Truth About Love

    Have you ever wondered: Why the heart is the symbol of love? Who St Valentine really was? Why Cupid wears a blindfold? W... More

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    7th January 2000

    Get a Life! 7

    The seventh book in a brand new series of brilliant, short, cheap, funny biographies of major world figures featuring fa... More

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    1st October 2006

    The Truth About Cats

    A very funny, entertaining and informative book from Philip Ardagh. Have you ever wondered if cats really have nine live... More

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    1st January 2004

    4u2read.ok The Green Men of Gressingham

    The Green Men of Gressingham are medieval outlaws. When a new tax is introduced, they turn to kidnapping! This is a hila... More

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    7th October 2011

    Philip Ardagh's Book of Kings, Queens, Emperors and Rotten Wart-Nosed Commoners

    "PARP!" Pssst! Do you know the story about Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) and the -- er -- farting courtier? One day, wh... More

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    1st March 2018

    Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Stick and Fetch Investigate

    Meet Sally Stick and her dog (and best friend) Fetch. Together, they're Stick and Fetch: Detectives. A girl. A dog. A de... More

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    1st February 2018

    National Trust: The Secret Diary of Thomas Snoop, Tudor Boy Spy

    THOMAS SNOOP is in training to become a SPY. Entrusted with a TOP SECRET mission by the mysterious Lord Severn, right-ha... More

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    23rd May 2018

    Norman the Norman and the Very Small Duchess

    Norman the Norman is at it again! And this time the Duchess of Normandy is determined that her William should have littl... More

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    6th September 2018

    Hero Academy: Oxford Level 7, Turquoise Book Band: The Exagger-tron

    Project X Hero Academy is a fully decodable and finely levelled reading series set in a school for superheroes, designed... More

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    6th September 2018

    Hero Academy: Oxford Level 8, Purple Book Band: Silver Shadow

    Project X Hero Academy is a fully decodable and finely levelled reading series set in a school for superheroes, designed... More

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    6th September 2018

    Hero Academy: Oxford Level 7, Turquoise Book Band: Attack of the Chomping Nibblers

    Project X Hero Academy is a fully decodable and finely levelled reading series set in a school for superheroes, designed... More

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    10th January 2019

    National Trust: The Secret Diary of Kitty Cask, Smuggler's Daughter

    Fact meets fiction in this thrilling story of 18th century smuggling and intrigue! Kitty Cask is a smuggler's daughter.... More

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    2nd May 2019

    The Little Adventurers: Sandy Sand Sandwiches

    If you're brave, honest, helpful, good to your planet and kind to animals (even ones that don't do much ... like worms) ... More

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    2nd May 2019

    The Wrong End of the Stick: Stick and Fetch Investigate

    In this hilarious sequel to the hugely popular Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Sally Stick and her shaggy best friend Fetch d... More

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