Facts About Erin Hunter, the Author of the Warriors Books

Here are some facts about Erin Hunter, the author of the popular Warriors, Seekers and Survivors book series.

  • Erin Hunter is a pen-name. She isn’t one person. In fact, more than five authors (Victoria Holmes, Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, Inbali Iserles, Gillian Philip, Rosie Best and Tui T Sutherland), write under the pseudonym, Erin Hunter.
  • The original author of the Warriors series was Victoria Holmes. She lives in London but grew up on a farm in Berkshire, England. When a fan asks for a signed copy of an Erin Hunter books, it is usually signed by Victoria.
  • There are now over 100 books by Erin Hunter if you include the Manga titles, Super Editions and Ebook Exclusives.
  • The Warriors books tell the stories of four wildcat clans – Thunder Clan, Shadow Clan, Wind Clan and River Clan.
  • The authors have said that they draw inspiration from the works of Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, and William Shakespeare.
  • Many readers have compared the Warriors series to the Redwall series by Brian Jacques.
  • The Seekers series tells the tale of four bears cubs on their quest to find a new home.
  • The Survivors books are about a group of pet dogs who become a pack after they are separated from their owners by an earthquake.
  • The Bravelands series by Erin Hunter follows the adventures of a lion, baboon, and elephant as they find their place in the world and respond to the call of the wild.
  • All of the kitten characters in the Warriors books have names ending in kit. When they are apprentices, their names end with paw, and when they are fully grown, their names end with a prefix linked to their clan.

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Best Kids’ Books About The Great Fire of London

Here are some great books on the topic of The Great Fire of London for kids.

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Andy Stanton: Book Recommendations

Andy Stanton Book Recommendations

When he was a child, Andy Stanton (author of the Mr Gum books) enjoyed reading:

  • The Eighteenth Emergency by Betsy Byars
  • The Magic Faraway Tree, The Famous Five books, and the Mystery of the… series by Enid Blyton
  • Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl.

You can find out more about Andy Stanton by visiting his website.

Books Recommended By Children's Authors

Fantastic Mr Fox: Facts About the Roald Dahl Book

Here are some facts about Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl.

  • Fantastic Mr Fox was first published in the UK in 1970 by George Allen & Unwin, and in the US by Alfred A. Knopf.

  • It first came out in paperback in 1974.
  • Several artists have illustrated the different versions of Fantastic Mr Fox over the years, including: Quentin Blake, Tony Ross, Donald Chaffin and Jill Bennett.
  • In 2009, the book was made into a film directed by Wes Anderson, and featuring the voices of Bill Murray, Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Michael Gambon and Owen Wilson.
  • Fantastic Mr Fox has also been adapted for the stage and turned into an opera.
  • When Wes Anderson was writing the Fantastic Mr Fox movie script he spent a lot of time at Roald Dahl’s home in Buckinghamshire. Dahl’s widow allowed him to look at Dahl’s writing shed and the gypsy caravan he kept in his garden.

  • The book is said to have been inspired by the ‘Witches’ Tree’, an old tree that grew close to his home in Great Missenden. Roald Dahl always used to tell his children that a family of foxes lived under the tree, in a hole beneath the trunk. Unfortunately, the tree is no longer standing.
  • In the book, Mr and Mrs Fox aren’t given first names, but in the film version, Mrs Fox is called Felicity after Roald Dahl’s widow.
  • The pub that Roald Dahl used to drink in, ‘The Nag’s Head’, appears in the Fantastic Mr Fox movie.

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Charles Kingsley: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Charles Kingsley.

  • Charles Kingsely was born in Holne, Devon on 12 June 1819.

  • He studied at King’s College London and at Magdalene College, Cambridge.
  • Like his father, he decided to pursue a career in the church, and in 1844 he became the rector of Eversley, Hampshire.
  • In 1859, Charles Kingsley was made chaplain to Queen Victoria.

Charles Kingsley

  • In 1860 he became a professor of modern history at the Univeristy of Cambridge.
  • He was a member of the 1866 Edward Eyre Defence Committe with Charles Dickens, Alfred Lord Tennyson and others.
  • Many of his books are influenced by his interest in history. The Heroes, published in 1856, was a book on Ancient  Greek mythology, and Hypatia, Hereward the Wake and Westward Ho!, were all historical novels.
  • He was a supporter of Charles Darwin and he was sent an early copy of On the Origin of Species.
  • One of his most well-known works was The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby.
  • A village near Bideford, Devon was named Westward Ho! after Chrales Kingsley’s novel in an attempt to attract tourists to the area. It is the only UK place name to include and exclamation mark.
  • An animated film of The Water Babies was released in 1978 starring James Mason and Bernard Cribbins. It has also been adapted for the stage and turned into a radio play.
  • His final novel was Hereward the Wake, a story about the passing of the Anglo-Saxon age and the Norman invasion of  England.
  • He published more than thirty volumes of work ranging from novels to poetry, from history to religious articles.
  • Charles Kingsley died on 23 January 1875.

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The BFG: Facts About the Roald Dahl Book

Here are some facts about Roald Dahl’s The BFG.

  • BFG is an acronym for Big Friendly Giant.
  • The BFG was first published by Jonathan Cape in 1982.

  • The book was illustrated by Quentin Blake.
  • Roald Dahl dedicated the book to his daughter, Olivia, who died of in 1962 at the age of 7.
  • The book was turned into an animated TV movie in 1989. David Jason voiced the BFG.
  • In 2016, Stephen Spielberg directed a live-action movie adaptation starring Mark Rylance as the BFG.
  •  The character BFG first appeared in Danny, the Champion of the World as a character in a bedtime story told to Danny by his father.
  • In the first drafts of the story, the character of Sophie was called Jody. He changed the name, naming the character after his grand-daughter, Sophie Dahl.

  • The language spoken by the BFG is called gobblefunk. Roald Dahl created more than 200 words and phrases for the BFG to say.
  • Roald Dahl liked The BFG more than most of his other books.
  • The BFG’s shoes were based on Norwegian sandals worn by Roald Dahl.
  • It is thought that the BFG character was partly inspired by Roald Dahl’s builder, Wally Saunders.
  • The BFG has been adapted for the stage by David Wood.
  • The book has sold more than 35 million copies.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Facts About the Roald Dahl Book

Here are some facts about Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was published by Alfred A. Knopf in the US in 1964. The first UK edition was published by George Allen & Unwin in 1967.

  • Roald Dahl loved chocolate and, as a child,  he used to receive packages from Cadbury for him to taste and then give them his opinions about the new chocolate bars.
  • In the UK version of the book, Charlie Bucket finds a 50p coin in the snow. In the US version, he finds a $1 bill.
  • J. K. Rowling named Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as one of her ten books every child should read.
  • The book has twice been made into a movie. In 1971, with the title Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Gene Wilder played the role of Willy Wonka. In 2005, Tim Burton directed another movie based on the book, starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka and Freddie Highmore as Charlie Bucket. There are many differences between the film versions and the Roald Dahl book itself.
  • The book has also been adapted for the stage on numerous occasions, been turned into a radio play, been the subject of several video games, and the inspiration for a 2006 ride at Alton Towers.
  • The completed first draft of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was much longer then the final version of the book. Several scenes were removed and many characters were changed or left out completely.

  • Some of the children who never appeared in the finished book are: Wilbur Rice, Tommy Troutbeck, Miranda Mary Piker, Augustus Pottle, Elivira Entwhistle, Clarence Crump and Bertie Upside.
  • Several rooms and sweets of the chocolate factory only appear in the early drafts of the book. These are: Spotty Powder (a sweet that gives you spots for a few hours so that you can get the day off school), The Vanilla Fudge Room, The Warming Candy Room and The Children’s-Delight Room.
  • The book sold 10,000 copies in the US in its first week of release.
  •  The Ooompa-Loompas were called Whipple-Scrumpets in one oft he book’s early drafts.
  • Quaker Oats released the Wonka Bar to coincide with the release of the 1971 film.
  • A sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was released in 1972.It was called Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. Roald Dahl started to write the third book in the series, Charlie in the White House, but is wasn’t completed before his death in 1990.
  • The story grew from a bedtime story Roald Dahl told his eldest children, Tess and Olivia.
  • Willy Wonka was originally named Mr. Ritchie.
  • It is believed that Roald Dahl threw out the very first draft of the book after his nephew told him it was rubbish.
  • Roald Dahl wanted Maurice Sendak to illustrate the book, but he was too busy. The book ended up being illustrated by Quentin Blake.