Living in the Wild: Sea Mammals

2013, Raintree

Two books in a series on sea mammals, including seals, polar bears, and the amazing cetaceans.

Humpback Whales

Disgusting and Dreadful Science

2013, Franklin Watts

Fantastically funny and revolting physical science series that dares to go where other books on physics fear to tread. Find out how electricity was once used to animate corpses, what super-low sounds can do to your bowels, and what happens to your face at 46 Gs.

Ear-Splitting Sounds and Other Vile Noises
Glaring Light and Other Eye-Burning Rays
Electric Shocks and Other Energy Evils
Gut-Wrenching Gravity and Other Fatal Forces

Animal Groups

2012, Heinemann Library

Two books in a longer series on animal societies – I was lucky to be able to write the title on wolves and the one on ants, one of my favourite topics ever. Ants are amazing.

A Pack of Wolves and Other Canine Groups
A Colony of Ants and Other Insect Groups

100 Most Deadly Things on the Planet

2012, A&C Black

This “100 Most…” book is not the same as 100 Most Dangerous, in that it focuses mainly on deadly living things – the most venomous snakes and spiders, fiercest big cats and crocodiles, deadliest disease-spreading bugs and most poisonous plants.

First Questions and Answers

2011-12, Miles Kelly

Three fun and accessible books that form part of a series in Q&A format for younger readers.

Why do Horses wear Shoes?
Why do Crabs Walk Sideways?
Why do Kestrels Hover?

My Top 20 Deadly Animals

2011, Miles Kelly

Exciting and detailed deadly animals book with stickers and fact cards to help you compile your own top 20 list.

100 Scariest Things on the Planet

2011, A&C Black

The “100 Most…” series takes a terrifying turn, exploring scary sports and death-defying feats, hair-raising precipices, mysterious monster sightings, haunted houses and castles, ghastly graveyards and tales of ghosts and witches (with a sceptical eye!). Fabulous fun for those who like to scare themselves silly.

Animals on the Edge

2012, Bloomsbury/ZSL

A new series written in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London and their EDGE programme for unique and rare endangered species. Besides lots of general info, the books explore life in the zoo and in the wild for these fascinating animals, with detailed explanations and examples of the threats that face them, and how we are trying to help. Find out how you transport a rhino by helicopter, raise a parentless baby penguin, catch an elusive nocturnal hippo on camera, or make the right noises to keep a gorilla calm.  I love these books!

There are six in the series:


Sharks Poster Book

2012, Miles Kelly

Full update of my earlier sharks book with Miles Kelly, with cool shark wall posters too.

Life Processes

2012, Raintree

Comprehensive introduction to life processes such as respiration, nutrition and growth. Scientific and detailed, but clear, friendly and practical, with lots of real examples from human, animal, plant and microbe life.

Be Creative!

2012, Franklin Watts

A funky four-part craft series:

Customise Your Clothes
Bedroom Makeover
Accessories For All
Cards, Wrap and Tags

Collins Big Cat

I’m delighted to be involved in this high-profile reading series. So far I’ve written:

World’s Deadliest Creatures  2012, Collins Educational
Muscles  2012, Collins Educational

… with more to follow.

Sci-Hi: What Are the Limits of Organ Transplants?

2012, Raintree

A fascinating subject to write about. Not just how organ transplants work, but the latest techniques and inventions, alternatives, and headline-grabbing topics like face transplants and robot limbs.

Radar: Dance

Two modern, journalistic-style dance titles with interviews and instructions as well as background info.

Bhangra and Bollywood  2011, Wayland
Ice Dancing  2011, Wayland

White Wolves

Original and high-interest non-fiction readers. I have contributed:

Knight Survival Guide  2011, Bloomsbury
Treasure Hunter’s Handbook  2011, Bloomsbury

101 Ways to Beat Boredom

2011, Pearson Education

Part of the new Bug Club reading scheme, this is also a really useful things-to-do book – including indoor and outdoor activities, experiments, games, crafts and creative projects.

Big Picture

Fun first factual books aimed at curriculum Key Stage 1 (in the UK). I wrote two of the series:

Mummy Maker  2011, Bloomsbury
Feast at the Castle  2011, Bloomsbury

100 Most Awesome Things on the Planet

2011, A&C Black

The third in the popular “100 Most…” series covers all kinds of awesome things – awesome structures and vehicles, incredible natural features and events, and amazing sights.

Science Secrets: Secrets of Light

2010, Marshall Cavendish

Thorough and colourful introduction to the science of light.

Breakthroughs in Science and Technology

I’m proud of these seriously in-depth, wide-ranging and totally non-dumbed-down books on important and difficult science topics. I wrote two in the series:

Who Split the Atom?  2010, Arcturus
Who Discovered Natural Selection?  2011, Arcturus

These reviews in the esteemed journal Science Books and Films are very nice!

Who Split the Atom?
This is much more than a story about splitting the atom: It is a rich and colorful picture of the process of science, personalities, and breakthroughs that led to our contemporary view of the atom. The book is lively and brimming with interesting photos, diagrams, and side notes that focus the reader’s attention while providing tangential ideas that lend a broader view of the chemistry and physics involved. Highly Recommended.”

Who Discovered Natural Selection?
This is a must buy for school libraries.  “Who Discovered Natural Selection?” has made evolution theory accessible to young learners in a fresh and accurate way. Highly recommended.”

Deadly Diseases and Curious Cures

2010, Bloomsbury

All about the scary and strange illnesses and injuries a ship’s doctor would encounter in the great age of sail – complete with instructions for remedies and cures.

Also appears with the slightly clearer title Sick at Sea? Cure it or Cut it Off!

The Story of Exploration

2010, Usborne Publishing

Illustrated, chapter-style book telling the stories of the greatest explorers ever – Columbus, Magellan, Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta and many more.

100 Most Disgusting Things on the Planet

2010, A&C Black

The 100 Most… series continues with this thrilling exploration of revolting foods, disgustingly behaved animals, gross body substances and other delights. Even a bit too disgusting for me, in parts!


Extreme!: Pirate: From Navigation to Amputation

2009, A&C Black

Fun factual pirate book with loads of info about how pirates got around, what they ate, the diseases they caught, their weapons, ships, and unsavoury habits.

May also appear with the title Pirate Secrets Revealed.

Extreme!: Volcano’s Edge

2009, A&C Black

An exciting book about volcanoes that takes you to look at volcanic craters, eruptions and processes in close-up.

May also appear with the title Investigating Volcanoes.

Forms of Energy

2009, Heinemann Library

Introduction to the often-confusing facts about energy, its forms and how it changes form – with lots of useful real-life examples and activities. Part of the extensive Sci-Hi series.

Does it Bend? All About Stretchy Materials

2009, Franklin Watts

Part of a new materials series from Franklin Watts, this includes lots of fascinating facts and stretchy/springy experiments to try, including making a bouncy diving board for an action figure. 

Human Body

2009, Silver Dolphin Books

Part of the Learning in Action series, an amazing multimedia book with sounds, pop-ups and lift-up tabs as well as very detailed science info.

Why It Works

2009, QED Publishing

A series of four bright, easy-to-read books on physical science topics for very young children.

Why It Works: Light and Dark
Why It Works: Materials
Why It Works: Electricity
Why It Works: Pushes and Pulls 

Landform Top Tens

2009, Raintree

Three books as part of an exciting series on amazing examples of natural features and phenomana.

The World’s Most Amazing Volcanoes
The World’s Most Amazing Deserts
The World’s Most Amazing Coasts