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Simon Farnaby has written and starred in some of the UK's best-loved family TV such as Horrible Histories, and Ghosts, and films such as Paddington and Paddington 2. The Wizard in My Shed was his first children's book. When not writing or acting, Simon is a keen amateur wizard and can often be found in his garden (unsuccessfully) conjuring vegetable spells.
More Misadventures with Merdyn the Wild! | Merdyn the Wizard is back, which is great news for everyone who enjoyed his adventures in The Wizard in My Shed (and if you haven’t read them, you’re really missing out). In the first story, Merdyn found himself in the 21st century, where he met and made friends with 12-year-old Rose, who turned out to be a descendant (no space here to list the requisite number of greats before grandchild). In this story, Rose must time travel to the Dark Ages when her brother Kris is kidnapped on the orders of Vanheldon the Vandal, as a way to lure Merdyn into a deadly trap. Accompanied by her still talking guinea pig, Bubbles, all sorts of adventures await Rose, and the story is both action-packed and very funny. Farnaby fills the pages with more wonderful historical details while also making all of his characters living, breathing people. Original, vastly entertaining, full of humour and a fair bit of wisdom, these time-travelling adventures are solid gold.
The Misadventures of Merdyn the Wild | 1,500 years apart, two people are having bad days. In 511, warlock Merdyn the Wild is about to be banished from the king’s court for bad behaviour; in the 21st century, 12-year-old Rose Falvey’s disastrous audition for her school’s version of Britain’s Got Talented People is about to go viral. The two meet by accident in the woods outside town, Rose is running away, Merdyn, sent through the Rivers of Time, believes he’s in Purgatory but manages to convince Rose of his warlock credentials by making her guinea pig speak. This is just the start of a wild and very funny adventure that will also involve large numbers of the town’s police and security guards, Rose’s lovelorn brother Kris, and Merdyn’s nemesis and rival, Jerabo the Great. After an extraordinary range of mishaps, misunderstandings and mix-ups, Merdyn is finally able to return to the Dark Ages, by which time Rose, and readers, have become very fond of him. Simon Farnaby is of course writer (and star) of the Horrible Histories TV series and has great fun packing in historical details not to mention a wonderful array of sixth century insults – fopdoodle, wax-nosed hufty-tufty, ninny hammer – all of which will come in handy in the playground (there are helpful translations at the foot of the page). He is no mean hand at storytelling either and the plot rattles along very nicely indeed, all the time-travelling loose ends are neatly tied up. Great fun!