This is Fred. He looks rather ordinary, doesn’t he?
But the thing is, sometimes even ordinary-looking boys can turn out to be not very ordinary at all. Once you know a bit more about them, that is. Fred is one of these boys. And the reason why he’s not very ordinary is because … Fred is a wizard.
Well, sort of.
You see, Fred is absolutely, completely, embarrassingly terrible at magic. At school, he’s stuck in a class of wizards half his age, feeling like a twit among tots. At home, he’s endlessly teased by his siblings and always a disappointment to his parents. All Fred wants is to become a better wizard, but can’t think how. Until one day, he spots a competition to win a prize to meet Merlin and learn the world's most Important and Impressive Spell. The catch: the successful wizard needs to capture the tail of the evil, terrifying, fire-breathing lizard...
From Simon Philip, author of You Must Bring a Hat and I Really Want the Cake, and Sheena Dempsey, illustrator of Dave Pigeon, comes a tale full of magic and fun.
Simon was born in Chichester in 1988 and has lived there ever since, although he occasionally leaves to buy milk. After gaining a 1st class degree in History at Exeter University, he immediately put his skills to good use working as a barman at a local pub. He soon grew tired of the owner calling him Andy, and so, naturally, decided to become a primary school teacher. Teaching rekindled his love of children’s literature, particularly picture books, so much so that he had a go at writing his own. Deciding he was better at writing stories for children than he would ever be at teaching them, he made a swift exit from education to live the cliché of the writer who works in a bar. He hopes that one day he’ll be able to give up writing stories and become a barman full-time.
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