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Jeremy Strong

Biography

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Jeremy Strong is an author that children choose to read, time and time again. Like it frantic? Like it funny? Split your sides with riotous rib-ticklers from the king of comedy, full of suspense, mystery, wild twists of fate – and Jeremy Strong’s trademark cheeky chuckles! Whether it’s a baby’s bottom, a flying cow or a can of killer tomatoes, each of his books has a very silly special ingredient.

Born in 1949, Jeremy Strong has spent most of his life in a dream. At the age of three he fell out of a first floor window and landed on his head. He was in hospital for a week, with a broken arm and a headache. Luckily he recovered, although he was always accident-prone as a child. He broke various bones and had stitches for big head cuts. This was because he spent most of his time out in the fields near his house playing. The ‘stitches score’ went something like this: Riding a bike at a thousand miles an hour – five stitches. Falling out of tall trees – four stitches. Playing kiss-chase – three stitches.

At school he enjoyed playtime, lunchtime, and half past three. He also liked making things up and writing about them. He spent his teenage years writing poems for his girlfriend, Susan, until she gave in and married him.

After his eventful childhood he eventually became a primary school teacher, and is now a full time writer. He has written over 70 books, including the hugely popular Hundred Mile an Hour Dog books.

Books by Jeremy Strong

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Series by Jeremy Strong

Colour Young Puffin

Colour Young Puffin

How do you inspire young readers to tackle new challenges once they’ve mastered the basics? Just try Colour Young Puffin! Featuring fresh, funny read-alone adventures with all the excitement of picture books, these books will soon get gobbled up!

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Awards won by Jeremy Strong

Jeremy has won lots of awards including the very first Manchester Book Award for Stuff, and the Children’s Book Award for The Hundred Mile An Hour Dog in 1997.

Interview With Jeremy Strong

Who are your favourite children’s authors/poets/illustrators?

Nick Sharratt, Michael Rosen, Louise Rennison, Lauren Child, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Rudyard Kipling, A.A.Milne.

What is the most unusual place you have read a book in?

An air-raid shelter. This was when I was a child we had a concrete shelter in our garden left over from World War 2. My big bro and I were always in it.

Why did you decide to write/illustrate children’s books?

I’ve always loved children’s books. Also, when I began writing I was also teaching primary children. It seemed natural to write stories for them.

If you weren’t a writer/illustrator, what else would you be?

A grand prix racing driver, a brilliant artist, an amazing pianist, or a tiger. Any of those will do!

What do you like best about being a writer/illustrator?

Not being bossed by anyone and being able to earn my living by using my imagination.

What influences your writing/illustrations?

Money! No – but really – I think I was mostly influenced by comics like The Beano and writers like A.A Milne and Donald Bissett.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers/illustrators?

Don’t give up trying. It’s very difficult to get started in the world of publishing and you really have to keep at it. Don’t be disappointed if you get rejected – just try again…and again!