Eddie Dickens Trilogy: Dreadful Acts


Philip Ardagh
Illustrated by David Roberts

Reading Age: 8+

Interest level: 8+


Philip Ardagh
Illustrated by David Roberts

Eddie Dickens is a resourceful Victorian boy who has to cope with vague parents, a mad uncle and an even madder aunt, as well as an escapologist in a hearse and a gang of escaped convicts. In this sequel to the equally crazy Awful End, puns, jokes and moments of sheer absurdity pile up hilariously.


Publisher: Faber Children's Books

About the authors

  • Philip Ardagh

    Roald Dahl Funny Prize winning author Philip Ardagh is the author of The Grunts. He is probably best known for his Eddie Dickens adventures, translated into over thirty languages, and for his Grubtown Tales, but he is author of over 100 books. He collaborated with Sir Paul McCartney on the ex-Beatle’s only children’s book, and wrote the BBC’s first truly interactive radio series, Arthur Story and the Department of historical Correction. He is a 'regular irregular' reviewer of children’s books for The Guardian, and is currently developing a series for television. Philip Ardagh is two metres tall with a ridiculously big, bushy beard and size sixteen feet, making him an instantly recognisable figure at literary festivals around the world.

  • David Roberts

    David Roberts was born in Liverpool and studied a degree in fashion design at Manchester Metropolitan University. After university he worked as a milliner and began to get work as a fashion illustrator but always felt his true calling was in children's book illustration. After working as a shelf stacker, egg fryer, hair washer, film extra and coffee-maker David finally realised his dream of becoming a children's book illustrator when his first book Frankie Stein's Robot, written by Roy Apps, was published in 1998 and shortlisted for the Mother Goose Award for emerging illustrators.


    Since then he has illustrated works by authors such as Philip Ardagh, Daren King, Julia Donaldson, Jacqueline Wilson, Tom Baker and Chris Priestley. He is also the creator of Dirty Bertie - a litle boy with bad habits.



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