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Neal Layton

  • 5 stars across 58 books

    Jonathan Meres is the author of the best-selling WORLD OF NORM series, the first of which was nominated for The Scottish Children's Book Awards in 2012.


    Born in Nottingham, he left school at 16 to join the merchant navy. Ever in search of adventure, he then became an ice cream van driver before moving to London to be a rock star. When that didn't work out Jonathan became an actor instead and later, a stand-up comedian. He won a Time Out Award for comedy and was nominated for The Perrier Award. He has written a wide variety of TV programmes for children, as well as radio for grown-ups, including his own series on Radio 4.


    He lives in Edinburgh where he enjoys being cynical. He has no cats.

    3rd November 2016

    Danny McGee Drinks the Sea

    A hilariously anarchic tale from the inimitable Andy Stanton, author of Mr Gum, and much loved illustrator Neal Layton.C... More

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    1st July 2015

    Where the Bugaboo Lives

    From the author of Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise, comes a wonderfully interactive, which-way adventure story which follow... More

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    5th March 2015

    Emily Brown and the Thing

    A stunning reissue of this classic picture book. In this warm-hearted and witty take on a classic theme - being scared... More

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    5th March 2015

    That Rabbit Belongs To Emily Brown

    A stunning reissue of this classic picture book. When the Queen steals Emily Brown's favourite toy and erstwhile compa... More

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    5th April 2012

    Stanley's Stick

    Stanley's Stick is a teaming-up of hefty talents - glorious poet John Hegley and award-winning illustrator Neal La... More

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    10th April 2012

    Cheer Up Your Teddy Emily Brown

    With an important message that children will understand, this is storytelling at its best, from an exciting creative t... More

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    1st July 2010

    Emily Brown and the Elephant Emergency

    Emily Brown, Stanley the bunny and Matilda the elephant are busy going on adventures, but every time they get to a parti... More

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    1st October 2007

    That Rabbit Belongs To Emily Brown

    Winner of the 2006 Nestle Gold Award, chosen for the Richard & Judy Christmas book party, a Bookaboo Book Club book as s... More

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    8th May 2014

    Howler

    Humans can be so confusing, especially when you're a dog. I live with a family of humans, you see. A big man-human, a b... More

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    4th June 2015

    Cheer Up Your Teddy Emily Brown

    Emily Brown and her side-kick rabbit, Stanley, are back and this time they're on a mission to cheer up one very unhapp... More

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    6th June 2013

    Koala Calamity - Surf's Up!

    The fifth animal in the hilarious AWESOME ANIMALS series - awesome adventures with the wildest wildlife. ... More

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    9th February 2017

    Uncle Gobb And The Green Heads

    The second uproarious adventure from the comic pairing of Michael Rosen and Neal Layton sees Malcolm and the peculiar Un... More

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    1st January 2016

    What's Eating You?

    Exciting new edition of one of the six books in zoologist Nicola Davies' fascinating Animal Science series - the best bi... More

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    4th September 2008

    Emily Brown and the Thing

    In this warm-hearted and witty take on a classic theme - being scared of the dark - Emily and Stanley find a 'Thing' cry... More

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    19th March 2005

    Poo

    Everything you ever wanted to know about faeces, but were too polite to ask...Hippos navigate by it, sloths keep in touc... More

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    1st July 2000

    Rover

    "Layton's wildly exuberant illustrations provide the perfect accompaniment to the four legged narrator's refreshing bran... More

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    14th May 2012

    Poo

    Poo, if you'll pardon the lack of preamble and statement of the obvious, is natural. And equally natural is a small chi... More

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    9th January 2014

    Rover

    A hugely entertaining story about one dog and his owner. When Rover, that's the little girl with red hair, NOT her canin... More

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    14th February 2002

    Superphonics: Green Storybook: The Zebrapotamus

    This Green Storybook will help children to learn to read using Ruth Miskin's highly effective Superphonics method. There... More

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    1st November 2012

    Talk, Talk, Squawk!: How and Why Animals Communicate

    A brilliantly funny look at how and why animals communicate. From the team behind Poo, Extreme Animals, What's Eating Y... More

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    12th March 2015

    Monster

    More mayhem from the four-legged narrator! When his pet human, Rover, goes to school, our canine hero thinks she is trap... More

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    1st October 2014

    Talk, Talk, Squawk!: How and Why Animals Communicate

    An exciting new edition of a brilliantly funny book about how and why animals communicate. From the team behind Poo, Ex... More

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    1st October 2014

    Deadly!: The Truth About the Most Dangerous Creatures on Earth

    Meet the animal kingdom's most competent killers in this fascinating natural history book. Stabbing and strangling, poi... More

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    4th June 2015

    Emily Brown and the Elephant Emergency

    Emily Brown, Stanley the bunny and Matilda the elephant are busy going on adventures, but every time they get to a par... More

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    1st January 2016

    Just the Right Size: Why Big Animals Are Big and Little Animals Are Little

    Exciting new edition of one of the six books in zoologist Nicola Davies' fascinating Animal Science series - the best bi... More

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    20th September 2004

    Wicked Poems

    This is a superb anthology of poems selected by the keenly wicked eye of Roger McGough. Poems from Jo Shapcott, Benjamin... More

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    1st February 2011

    Just The Right Size: Why Big Animals Are

    This title offers a look at why animals need to be the size they are - part of the six book series about natural biology... More

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    1st January 2016

    Survivors: The Toughest Creatures on Earth

    Exciting new edition of Extreme Animals, from zoologist Nicola Davies' fascinating Animal Science series - the best biol... More

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    4th June 2015

    Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed

    Malcolm is in all ways an ordinary ten-year-old. This is a perfectly ordinary story featuring one perfectly ordinary ten... More

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    5th February 2004

    Jennifer Jones Won't Leave Me Alone

    She writes me love poems, full of words like adore. Then she sticks on red hearts, she bought at the store. This is a hi... More

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    3rd January 2013

    Koala Calamity

    The fifth animal in the hilarious AWESOME ANIMALS series - awesome adventures with the wildest wildlife. ... More

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    1st May 2000

    Zartog's Remote

    Zartog is a little alien with enormous eyes and no nose. Rachel is a little girl also with enormous eyes. But she has go... More

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    6th October 2008

    Extreme Animals

    From creatures bearing deadly weapons, such as bone-crunching teeth and deadly fangs, to champion movers like the jet-pr... More

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    2nd October 2008

    Teach Your Granny to Text and Other Ways to Change the World

    "Teach Your Granny to Text" is the children's sequel to "Change the World for a Fiver", the bestseller produced by the g... More

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    1st May 2009

    What's Eating You?

    Explore the weird and wonderful world of parasites in this follow-up to the bestselling "Poo".Every animal has a habitat... More

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    5th December 2013

    Deadly!: The Truth About the Most Dangerous Creatures on Earth

    Meet the animal kingdom's most competent killers! Stabbing and strangling, poisoning and drowning, electrocuting, explo... More

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    26th February 2015

    Rover: Big Book

    Now in fantastic new big book size - perfect for shared reading lessons. Humans can be so confusing, especially when yo... More

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    1st October 2014

    Poo: A Natural History of the Unmentionable

    Learn everything you ever wanted to know about poo in this exciting new edition of a bestselling book. Hippos navigate ... More

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    1st May 2016

    The Tree: An Environmental Fable

    A delightful picture book with a wonderful twist which encourages young children to think about the way animals and huma... More

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    14th February 2002

    Superphonics: Blue Storybook: Hot Dog!

    This Blue Storybook will help children to learn to read using Ruth Miskin's highly effective Superphonics method. There ... More

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    6th June 2013

    Koala Calamity

    The fifth animal in the hilarious AWESOME ANIMALS series - awesome adventures with the wildest wildlife.From the author ... More

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    1st July 2002

    Tell Me The Truth, Tom!

    Tom Bean has cried wolf once too often, so when he spots a real fox in Bernie King's basement, nobody believes him! 'Yea... More

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    15th August 2002

    Get Lost, Lola

    Tom and Lola have been pretty good mates lately - until Tom begins to suspect she has a mega crush on him. Ergh! Lola's ... More

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    1st July 2002

    Watch Out, Wayne

    Tom was only trying to be kind - making friends with new boy, Wayne - so why has he messed things up again! Okay, trying... More

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    1st September 2002

    Keep The Noise Down, Kingsley

    Irrepressible, workshy and downright LOUD, Kingsley is notorious at school for his larger than life personality. Kingsle... More

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    1st August 2007

    Extreme Animals

    There is life everywhere on Earth. From polar wastes to bubbling volcanoes - animals have adapted to survive in conditio... More

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    1st May 2009

    Just The Right Size

    A look at why animals need to be the size they are - part of the six book series about natural biology which started wit... More

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    1st February 2005

    Howler

    The human world is as confusing as ever for our canine hero. He can't understand why Trixie is getting bigger and bigger... More

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    3rd August 2007

    Little Archie and the Tongue-Tingling Super-Shrinking Powder

    It's Little Archie's birthday and orderly Mum and Dad give him orderly presents, which he must open in an orderly fashio... More

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    4th January 2008

    Little Archie and the Spectacular Disaster-Magnet TV Gadget

    Barmy Uncle Bernie is about to throw Little Archie's orderly life into confusion once more! Archie and his baby brother,... More

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    16th May 2002

    Oscar and Arabella

    They love going exploring but when they encounter a very nasty cave man they have to think just how to outwit him. A hil... More

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    1st May 2004

    Noises

    Meet a host of fun opposites and noises and different patterns and colours from the animal kingdom in this vibrant serie... More

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    17th July 2000

    Nothing Scares Us

    'We are the Fearless Two', sang Lenny 'Nothing and no one scares us,' sang Lucy. Lenny and Lucy are the best of friends.... More

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    1st June 2003

    Mucky Duck

    Mucky Duck is a very special duck - he likes painting, cooking, playing football...and he also likes getting VERY MUCKY!... More

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    The third uproarious adventure from the comic pairing of Michael Rosen and Neal Layton sees Malcolm and his awful Uncle ... More

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    7th July 2011

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    With an important message that children will understand, this is storytelling at its best, from an exciting creative tea... More

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