The Chocolate Factory Ghost
(The Dundoodle Mysteries 1)
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David is a writer and illustrator living in South London, UK. He works mostly in children’s books, particularly humorous picture books and young fiction.
His first book was Monster & Chips, the first of a series of funny (and revolting) adventures of ‘hooman’ Joe Shoe whilst working at the Monster Diner of friendly monster Fuzzby Bixington.
He then collaborated with the brilliant Sarah McIntyre on the picture book Jampires, inspired by a comic they improvised together – a comic ‘jam’! After illustrating the Creature Teacher series by writer Sam Watkins, he worked with illustrator Francesca Gambatesa on a series of picture books all about families, as well as illustrating Boyband of the Apocalypse books for funny writer Tom Nicoll.
His latest series is the Dundoodle Mysteries, tales of spooky adventure in the strange little town of Dundoodle, illustrated by Claire Powell.
Archie McBudge knows his lucky underpants must really work, because when he and his mum are summoned to Honeystone Hall in the remote Scottish village of Dundoodle, they find Archie has inherited not only the enormous hall, but the whole of the world-famous McBudge Confectionery Company from Great-Uncle Archibald.
That’s a new home, a fortune and a lifetime’s supply of treats rolled into one! But all is not well in Dundoodle, and when Archie reads the mysterious letter his great-uncle left him, he finds himself on a quest to save his family’s company from ruin. With the help of his new friends Fliss and Billy, Archie has to try to figure out the puzzles of Honeystone before his sweet future melts away like an ice lolly in the sun! Fans of How to Train Your Dragon and Tilly and the Time Machine will be hungry for this delicious mystery full of weird clues, strange creatures, malevolent relatives and lots and lots of SWEETS!
David was a biochemist in a hospital laboratory and an IT support techie guy in a department store chain for a number of years.
He has a wonky right eye that has a bit of a life of its own, and sometimes it looks like he’s not looking at you… but honestly he is.
He is a Doctor. Not a medical doctor, but the mad science kind. He calls himself Dr O’Connell when he wants to feel important.
Abdul from Hunslet st Mary's CofE PRIMARY SCHOOL:
Erin from Hunslet St Mary's C of E Primary School:
deacon from HUNSLET ST MARYS C OF E PRIAMARY SCHOOL :
lexi from Hunslet St Mary's C of E Primary School:
skye from Hunslet.St Marys Cof E Primary School:
Hannah from Raynville Primary School:
Charlie from Farsley Farfield Primary School:
Dylan from Southroyd Primary School:
Aoife from Calverley C of E primary school :
Daniel from Calverley C of E primary school :
Soha from Calverely :
Z from Green Lane Primary Academy: