Martin Waddell biography

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Born 10th April 1941 during a bombing raid on Belfast, children’s author Martin Waddell is a prolific children’s writer both under his own name and the pseudonym ‘Catherine Sefton’ which her uses for books with a more serious subject matter for older children. He now publishes all his books under his own moniker. A resident for most of his life in Newcastle, Co. Down, Martin has never shied from writing about difficult situations that children have to sometimes deal with, this was never more so reflected in his books ’Starry Night’, ‘Frankie’s Story’ and ‘The Beat of the Drum’ which addressed the difficulties, anger and grief attributed to the political troubles in Northern Ireland but from a teenager’s perspective.

His books for younger children, which he said are written for pure enjoyment and amusement, have won some prestigus awards such as the Smarties Book Prize for on not one but two occasions. He has also won the British Book Award’s Children’s illustrated Book of the Year, Best Babies Book of the Year, the Kurt Maschler Award and the Hans Christian Anderson Award in recognition of his contribution to children’s literature, to name but a few. His hugely successful Big Bear, Little Bear series are loved by children around the world, as are many other titles, and his experience as a footballer in his youth have been translated into books such as the Napper series. Waddell also enjoys writing about ghosts, as he says not only are they fun they can also show how the past can affect the future. Father to grown-up children, Martin lives with his wife in their home by the sea where he writes and describes himself as ‘a happy man’.

Martin Waddell bibliography

  • Alice the Artist (1988)
  • Along a Lonely Road (1993)
  • Amy Said (1990)
  • The Black House Ghosts (1991)
  • Baby’s Hammer (1993)
  • Bears Everywhere (1996)
  • The Beat of the Drum (1989)
  • Bee Frog (2008)
  • Bertie Boggin and the Ghost Again! (1991)
  • The Big Big Sea (1994)
  • Blue Misty Monsters (1985)
  • Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? (1992)
  • The Cast Off (1993)
  • Cup Final Kid! (2008)
  • Cup Run (2003)
  • Daisy's Christmas (1990)
  • The Day the Smells Went Wrong (1988)
  • Death and the Neighbours an Little Bridget (1993)
  • Emer’s Ghost (1981)
  • Ernie and the Fishface Gang (2006)
  • The Emma Dilemma (1984)
  • Farmer Duck (1992)
  • The Finn Gang (1981)
  • Flying Sam (1986) 
  • Frankie’s Story (1990)
  • A Frog in the Throat (1997)
  • Gallow’s Hill: And The Ghostly Penny (Tales of Ghostly Ghouls and Haunting Horrors (2006)
  • The Ghost and Bertie Boggin (1980)
  • The Ghost Ship (1985)
  • The Ghosts of Cobweb (1992)
  • The Ghosts of Cobweb and the Circus Star (1993)
  • The Ghosts of Cobweb and the Skully Bones Mystery (1993)
  • The Ghosts of Cobweb and the TV Battle (1995)
  • Give it to Joe! (2001)
  • Going West  (1983)
  • Good Job, Little Bear! (1999)
  • Grandma's Bill (1990)
  • Great Gran Gorilla to the Rescue (The Great Gran Gang) (1989)
  • The Great Green Mouse Disaster (1981)
  • The Happy Hedgehog Band (1992)
  • Harriet and the Crocodiles (1984)
  • Harriet and the Haunted School (1984)
  • Harriet and the Robot (1987)
  • The Haunted Schoolbag (1993)
  • Herbie Whistle (1993)
  • The Hidden House (1990)
  • Hi Harry! (2003)
  • The Hollyhock Wall (1999)
  • Horace the Ghost (1991)
  • House Under The Stairs (1983)
  • In A Blue Velvet Dress (1973)
  • Island of the Strangers (1994)
  • John Joe and the Big Hen (1995)
  • The Kidnapping of Suzie Q (1996)
  • A Kitten Called Moonlight (2001)
  • Let's Go Home, Little Bear (1993)
  • A Little Bit British: Being the Diary of an Ulsterman (1970) [Adult title]
  • Little Dracula at the Seashore (1992)
  • Little Dracula Goes to School (1992)
  • Little Dracula's Christmas (1986)
  • Little Dracula's First Bite (1986)
  • Little Frog and the Dog (1997)
  • Little Frog and the Frog Olympics (1997)
  • Little Frog and the Tadpoles (1997)
  • Little Mo (1993)
  • Little Obie and the Flood (1992)
  • Little Obie and the Kidnap (1994)
  • Millie Bean, Jungle Queen (
  • Mimi and the Blackberry Pies (2001)
  • Mimi and the Dream House (1995)
  • Mimi and the Picnic (1996)
  • Mimi’s Christmas (1997)
  • My Gang (1987)
  • My Great Grandpa (1990)
  • The Mystery Squad and Mr Midnight (Solve It Yourself) (1984)
  • The Mystery Squad and the Artful Dodger (Solve It Yourself) (1984)
  • The Mystery Squad and the Candid Camera (Solve It Yourself) (1985)
  • The Mystery Squad and the Dead Man’s Message (Solve It Yourself)(1984)
  • The Mystery Squad and the Whistling Teeth (Solve It Yourself) (1984)
  • Going West (1983)
  • Napper Goes for Goal (1981)
  • Napper Strikes Again (1981)
  • Napper’s Golden Goals (1984)
  • Napper’s Big Match (1993)
  • Napper’s Luck (1993)
  • Napper’s Super Sub (1993)
  • Night, Night Cuddly Bear (2000)
  • Once There Were Giants (1989)
  • The Orchard Book of Ghostly Stories (1997)
  • The Orchard Book of Goblins, Ghouls, and Ghosts and Other Magical Stories (2006)
  • Otley (1966) [Adult title]
  • Otley Forever (1968) [Adult]
  • Otley Pursued (1967) [Adult]
  • Otley Victorious (1969) [Adult]
  • Owl Babies (1992)
  • The Park in the Dark (1989)
  • The Pig in the Pond (1992)
  • The Pocket Elephant (1997)
  • A Puff of Smoke (1988)
  • Room for a Little One (2008)
  • Rosie's Babies (1999)
  • Sailor Bear (1992)
  • Sam Vole and His Brothers (1992)
  • The School That Went to Sea (1993)
  • Shadows on the Lake (1993)
  • The Skeleton Club (1997)
  • Sleep Tight Little Bear (2006)
  • The Sleepers on the Hill (1990)
  • Small Bear Lost (1996)
  • The Smugglers of Mourne (1994)
  • Snow Bears (2004)
  • Soft Butter’s Ghost (Tales of Ghostly Ghouls and Haunting Horrors) (2006)
  • Squeak-a-lot (1991)
  • Starry Night (1995)
  • Star Striker Titch (2004)
  • Tango's Baby (1995)
  • Tiny’s Big Adventure (2008)
  • Tom Rabbit (2001)
  • The Tough Princess (1987)
  • Tough Ronald (2007)
  • The Toymaker: A Story in Two Parts (1992)
  • Watch Out, Fred’s About (1997)
  • Well Done, Little Bear (2003)
  • We Love Them (1990)
  • Webster J. Duck (2001)
  • What Use Is a Moose? (1996)
  • When the Teddy Bears Came (1995)
  • Who Do You Love? (1999)
  • You and Me, Little Bear (1996)
  • Yum, Yum, Yummy (1998)

This list should not be regarded as exhaustive.

Martin Waddell book reviews