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Jonny Duddle

  • 5 stars across 16 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 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... MoreThe Pirate Cruncher

(30 reviews) Review
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... MoreThe Pirates Next Door

(22 reviews) Review
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 ... MoreThe Pirates of Scurvy Sands

(16 reviews) Review
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... MoreThe Jolley-Rogers and the Pirate Piper

(6 reviews) Review
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... MoreThe Jolley-Rogers and the Cave of Doom

(4 reviews) Review
3rd February 2011

Will Gallows and the Snake-Bellied Troll

Will Gallows, a young elfling sky cowboy, rides out on a perilous quest to bring the evil snake-bellied troll bandit, No... MoreWill Gallows and the Snake-Bellied Troll

(1 review) Review
1st August 2008

Wishful Thinking

Eleven-year-old Ben has joined the staff at the Wishworks Factory as Manager, Kids' Birthday Wishes. But a stupid mistak... MoreWishful Thinking

(0 reviews) Review
7th March 2013

Will Gallows and the Rock Demon's Blood

Sky cowboy Will Gallows is finding life hard on the ranch. Should he follow his heart and join the elf side of his famil... MoreWill Gallows and the Rock Demon's Blood

(0 reviews) Review
19th May 2008

You Wish

When eleven-year-old Ben makes the ultimate birthday wish - the wish for unlimited wishes - he sends the magical realm o... MoreYou Wish

(0 reviews) Review
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