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Ashley King

  • 5 stars across 10 books
    Kaye Umansky was born in Plymouth in Devon, England. She went to Teacher's Training College, after which she taught in London primary schools for twelve years, specializing in music and drama. In her spare time, she sang and played keyboards with a semiprofessional soul band. She now writes full time and has written more than twenty-five books of fantasy, fiction, and poetry for children. She draws on traditional folktales and modern urban myths for her inspiration and has a sense of humor that is popular with children of all ages, from five to one hundred and five. She lives in London with her family. Among her most popular books are her hilarious Pongwiffy titles. Pongwiffy, Pongwiffy and the Goblins' Revenge, and Pongwiffy and the Spell of the Year, which won the Nottinghamshire Book Award, are available from Minstrel Books. Ashley King is a passionate Illustrator who hand draws, paints, creates, doodles, scribbles and loves coffee and cake. He graduated from Coventry University with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Illustration and Animation, and is represented by Plum Pudding Illustration Agency. His first illustrated children's book Erica's Elephant, Sylvia Bishop, published by Scholastic in 2016 with rave reviews, and his second book for young readers The Bookshop Girl, published in April 2017. He is also working on several other projects including working with Kaye Umansky on her new spell binding series Witch for a Week, publishing in October 2017 with Simon & Schuster.
    6th April 2017

    The Bookshop Girl

    This story is about a little girl named Property Jones, so-called because she was left in the lost property cupboa... More

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    5th October 2017

    Witch for a Week

    'A Bewitching tale, charmingly told and is certain to delight any witch in the making' M.G, Leonard, award-winning aut... More

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    23rd July 2020

    44 Tiny Secrets

    The first book in a heartwarming and timeless new series with a brave and spirited heroine, from the acclaimed duo beh... More

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    6th September 2018

    Wish for a Witch

    Everyone is already the spell of this charming new series from Kaye Umansky... 'Umansky is one of our most delightf... More

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    2nd June 2016

    Erica's Elephant

    When Erica Perkins wakes up on the morning of her tenth birthday, the last thing she expects is to find a very con... More

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    6th September 2018

    Elvis the Squirrel: A Bloomsbury Young Reader: Gold Book Band

    A fun, heartwarming animal story, ideal for children practising their reading at home or in school. Elvis the squirrel ... More

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    4th September 2017

    Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 1+: Bam and Red

    When Bam the panda accidentally breaks Red's drum, he needs to think of a way to make it up to Red! Oxford Reading Tree ... More

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    12th March 2020

    Clever Cakes

    It pays to be able to think on your feet, especially if you're about to be eaten alive or cheated out of a valuable priz... More

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    20th February 2020

    Read with Oxford: Stage 1: Sam's Backpack and Other Stories

    Six captivating and engaging stories with clear phonics progression, ideal for children who are taking their first steps... More

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