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Print Price: $12.50

192 pp.
b/w illustrations, 129 mm x 185 mm


Publication date:
January 2014

Imprint: OUP UK

Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Badness of Badgers

John Dougherty
Illustrated by David Tazzyman

Winner of the Great Kerfuffle
Best Book of Last Tuesday

Hey you! No, not you - the person behind you. No, not him either. Left a bit, left a bit more . . . You! Oh for goodness sake . . . never mind . . .

Dear Everyone (including you!)!

Welcome to the world of Great Kerfuffle!

It's really great. And there's usually a kerfuffle (the clue's in the name really).

Come and join our intrepid heroes Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face as they set off on a highly dangerous and nail-biting adventure (or it may just be very silly and mildly perilous!). Oh, and there might be a few dodgy badgers hanging about too . . .

Meet the funniest collection of characters ever known to mankind in this stupendously hilarious book that will make you laugh your socks off, and quite possibly your ears too.

Readership : Suitable for 7+


  • "I thought this book was hilarious. I read it in one go as the story was so funny. Warning: Side effects include tears of laughter, crazy laughing and aching cheeks! This book must be read in one go as it is so good and you won't be able to put it down."

    --Charlotte, aged 9

  • "This book is really funny - it's just hilarious. The start of the book was brilliant - it made me laugh out loud. In fact the whole book made me laugh out loud many times. I one hundred per cent think everyone else will like this book."

    --Owen, aged 8

  • "We have just the last chapter to go. The class love it and wouldn't let me put it down."

    --Sian Downs, Year 4 teacher

  • "I had to read this after hearing Owen laughing so much! This book should come with a warning - Be careful, this book will make you want to read aloud to strangers just to show how funny it is!"

    --Sally Batten

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John Dougherty was born in Larne, Northern Ireland. He studied psychology at university and then tried his hand at a number of jobs including YMCA hostel worker, factory machine operator, and unsuccessful singer-songwriter, before becoming a primary school teacher. Whilst John was teaching, his interest in children's literature was reawakened and he soon began writing stories and pestering publishers with them. After the publication of Zeus on the Loose in 2004 he left teaching and took up writing full-time, only with more tea breaks. His books have been shortlisted for a number of prestigious awards - and one was chosen by The Times as one of the Best Children's Books of the Year 2011 - but, more importantly, they make children giggle. David Tazzyman grew up in Leicester, studied illustration at Manchester Metropolitan University, and then travelled around Asia for three years before moving to London in 1997. He is the acclaimed illustrator of the Mr Gum books by Andy Stanton, as well as other children's titles including the Agatha Parrott and Donut Diaries books.

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Special Features

  • Anarchic, fun, and clever - a proper funny story for children to get their teeth into.
  • Tried and tested - children love these characters and the whole crazy world they inhabit.
  • Hilarious and highly-promotable author who is well-known at events and festivals (and also plays a mean guitar!).
  • Illustrated throughout by David Tazzyman, the illustrator behind the Mr Gum books.
  • Lots of books claim to be funny but this one really is!
  • Will appeal as much to adults reading to their children as to children reading for themselves - a relief for bored parents everywhere!
  • More adventures of Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face to come.
  • eBook available.