LIST OF PUBLISHED CHILDREN'S BOOKS

Many visitors to this site have asked if they can purchase David Wood's books and music directly from David.

Here is a list of items, and a price list.

If you would like to buy one of them, please click on the title, or book.

Book Title P&P Price

Danny Champion of the World : Plays for Children
adapted from the book by Roald Dahl

Could you be Danny, or his dad, or even red-faced Mr Victor Hazell? Danny thinks his dad is the most marvellous and exciting father a boy could wish for. Now you can join in their daring and devilish plots with these fun-to-perform plays adapted by David Wood.

The Owl And The Pussy CatThe BFG : Plays For Children
adapted from the book by Roald Dahl

Short plays adapted from my stage version of the book. Ideal for children to perform or read in school or in drama groups.

The Twits: Plays for ChildrenThe Twits: Plays For Children
Adapted from the book by Roald Dahl

There's a part to suit everyone and lots of useful ideas about costumes, props and sound effects. Make Mr Twit eat wormy spaghetti, stick a frog in Mrs Twit's bed or join in the cleverest prank of all - the great upside down trick. No matter who you want to be, you'll have a lot of fun in these fantastic plays. Adapted from David Wood's original stage version of THE TWITS.

The Witches : Plays For Children
Adapted from the book by Roald Dahl

Anyone who enjoyed Roald Dahl's THE WITCHES will love these seven short plays. They pick out the key moments in the story and are ideal for acting at school or at home. With useful tips on staging, costumes and props, these plays are easy to perform and lots of fun. Adapted from David Wood's original stage version of THE WITCHES.

A Present for Father Christmas

A Present for Father ChristmasIllustrated by Dana Kubick.

The perfect Christmas book for young children!  Lots of pop-ups and even a 3-D Father Christmas grotto!

Sam kindly saves up his pocket money to buy a present for Father Christmas, but can’t think what to buy him.  Father Christmas is so impressed by Sam’s kind letter, that he calls in to see him on Christmas Eve.  Sam becomes the first ever child to actually see the real Father Christmas!  Instead of giving Father Christmas a present, Sam is allowed to help him deliver presents all over the world - and feed the reindeer.

Published in 2008, this is the first time David has collaborated with illustrator Dana Kubick.      

Buy direct from David Wood for £10

 

 

Mole's Bedtime StoryMole's Bedtime Story

This pop-through-the-slot book is generally regarded as the Wood/Fowler classic!

Short-sighted Mole climbs into his animal friends' beds by mistake, before thankfully finding his own bed. The journey through the book becomes a guessing game - each bed resembles its owner.

For many years this book was available in a dozen languages, and it was seen on television in Playdays and, I think, the Tweenies.

For the last few years it has been unavailable, but I am delighted to announce that Random House have republished Mole's Bedtime Story with new artwork by Richard Fowler.

The Discorats
Illustrated by Geoffrey Beitz
The Discorats

The Owl And The Pussy CatOn points, Ratalie was a likely winner of the disco dancing competition. But the Rafia Rats want a share of the price. A mouth-watering hunk of gorgonzola cheese, and they make their own wicked plans. They are all set to win the day - and the cheese - when a mysterious, masked dancer takes the floor. Both the Rafia and Fat Rat Sam, the Disco Manager, are in real trouble... The sequel to The Operats of Rodent Garden.

David Wood Plays
Vol 1 and Vol 2

Plays 1 contains

  • THE GINGERBREAD MAN,
  • THE SEE-SAW TREE,
  • THE IDEAL GNOME EXPEDITION, and
  • MOTHER GOOSE'S GOLDEN CHRISTMAS.

Plays 2 contains

  • THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT WENT TO SEE...,
  • THE BFG,
  • THE PLOTTERS OF CABBAGE PATCH CORNER, and
  • SAVE THE HUMAN.

With introductions by the author.

Buy direct from David Wood for £10.00  

 

 

Buy direct from David Wood for £13.00   

 

 

Funny Bunny's Magic Show
Created with and illustrated by Richard Fowler

Help Funny Bunny perform his amazing magic tricks by sliding him through the slots and lifting the flaps on every enchanted page.  It's magic! 

COMMENTS ABOUT THIS BOOK FROM A READER...


Dear Mr Wood

Thanks so much for sending me a copy of Funny Bunny. I would like very much to take this opportunity to tell you how much my daughter loves this book. I first purchased it for my daughter over two years ago, and it was an instant hit. I had to read it over and over again and she has never tired of hearing it. Recently my daughter Yana had to take her favourite book to nursery, and Funny Bunny was the one she picked. When I picked her up from nursery, the teachers and the children were asking where I had got the book from, as they had all enjoyed it so much. So I have purchased this copy to give as a leaving gift to the nursery. I just hope that they get the same enjoyment from this book as Yana and I did.

I can understand about your favourite place for writing is in Cornwall. I myself am Cornish but currently live in Scotland. I am moving back to Cornwall next month, so hence the purchase of this book as a leaving gift to my daughter's school.

Thank you so much for writing such a compelling and captivating book for children.

Kind regards

Marissa Brunner

Dear David,

My daughter Maisy has just received Funny Bunny's Magic Show and she loves it!! It was only a week ago it was featured on "The Tweenies" story time, just when I thought I wasn't going to be able to buy her it as all searches drew a blank I found your web site! It's the best £6.00 I ever spent. Many thanks and keep up the good work!

From

Lindsay (a happy mum) & Maisy (a very happy 5 year old).

'My son loves FUNNY BUNNY and takes great delight from the various tricks.  He can spend ages flipping the page between spotty house and stripy house trying to figure out how Funny Bunny gets from one to the other.  It's hilarious.'
Grantham, Lincs
'Just had to write to say how much my 4 year old daughter loves the Funny Bunny's Magic Show book.  Every night before bed she insists it is the only book she wants.  She now knows it word for word and it's helping with her reading.  Thanks so much for producing such a brilliant favourite book.'
CJS
'I would just like to tell you that since purchasing Funny Bunny from you my daughter must have read it a million times, it is certainly her favourite book by far.'
Trowbridge, Wiltshire


The Gingerbread Man
Illustrated by Sally Ann Lambert

The Owl And The Pussy CatThe book based on David Wood's internationally successful musical play. It's nearly midnight. All is dark and still in the kitchen. All except Herr Von Cuckoo, that is! He's wide awake, inside his cuckoo-clock, getting ready to call out the time. But then, without any warning he loses his voice! Suddenly the kitchen comes to life, as all the characters who live on the dresser try to find a way to help poor Herr Von Cuckoo. Then they discover a new companion, a freshly baked Gingerbread Man. And it's Gingerbread Man's heroic efforts that finally cure Herr Von Cuckoo's sore throat and save him from the dreaded fate of the Dustbin!

Happy Birthday Mouse!
Created with and illustrated by Richard Fowler

The Owl And The Pussy CatDavid Wood's first collaboration with Richard Fowler. At her birthday party, each of Mouse's animal friends gives her a candle for the birthday cake. Young children will enjoy counting the colourful candles and all the funny party guests from 1 to 10. As the numbers get larger, the pages get larger in this charming and unusual counting book - a special gift for that special little someone's birthday!

Meg And Mog : Four Plays For Children
Adapted from the books by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski's

The Owl And The Pussy CatIn these four short plays, adapted by David Wood from his own stage show and the original Meg and Mog books, there is a part for everyone. And with suggestions for simple staging and costumes, everyone will want to join in! Ideal for acting out, or simply for reading aloud, these plays bring some of the most popular children's book characters to life.


Mole's Summer Story
Child enjoying Mole's Summer StoryCreated with and illustrated by Richard Fowler

Mole is on holiday at the seaside. He is about to join his friends on a boat trip, when his hat blows away! Slide Mole through the slot in each picture: under deck chairs, through ice-cream stalls and even into a Punch and Judy show, to help Mole find his big spotty sun-hat. This was the second book in the Mole series, following the very successful BEDTIME STORY.

Mole's Winter Story
Created with and illustrated by Richard Fowler

"Quick, Mole! Emergency!". The mice are snowed in and only Mole can get them out. Slide Mole through the slot in each picture: under the snow, across the ice and round the bushes. This is Operation Mouse Hunt! The third in the Mole series.

The Owl And The Pussy CatThe Operats Of Rodent Garden
Illustrated by Geoffrey Beitz

Ratacelli, Manager of the Operats despairs of ever ridding his company of the ageing prima donna, Sophia Ratatzi. All his clever plans to do so are foiled and Sophia brings in the Rafia Rats in retaliation. It looks as if the young and talented understudy, Monsi Ratti, will never have a chance to take over the leading role. But fate in the shape of Purcell, the Opera Cat, pads in with hilarious and satisfying consequences for all concerned. David Wood's first collaboration with illustrator Geoffrey Beitz.

Play Theatre: Nativity

This Play Theatre is a complete package with which to encourage children to put on a satisfying production of a play - a toy theatre with scenery and characters, the story of the play in a narrative form, the play itself with dialogue and stage directions, and helpful tips on everything from music to making the tickets - a complete guide to "how to put on a play for your friends".

The Owl And The Pussy CatSave The Human
Created with and illustrated by Tony Husband

Long ago humans ruled the world but as a result of their wars and pollution they nearly became extinct. Now the animals are in charge and some keep humans as pets. Young Becky Bear has begun to think about how animals treat the humans. When her pet human is kidnapped by the mysterious Professor Rhino's security police, Becky feels something is wrong. And so she begins an international campaign to Save the Human! This is the story from which David Wood adapted the play of the same title. Co-created with cartoonist Tony Husband.

The Owl And The Pussy CatSidney The Monster
Illustrated by Clive Scruton

Won the Nottinghamshire Children's Book Award 1989

Sidney is a monster, and when he's bored he goes out frightening. His beastly faces and rude noises are enough to scare everyone.... Well, everyone except young Millie! This book won the Nottinghamshire Children's Book of the Year Award.


Theatre For Children : Guide To Writing, Adapting, Directing And Acting
Writen with Janet Grant


Presenting theatre for children as a separate art form, David Wood draws upon his experiences as a magician, actor, director, producer, composer and playwright, and analyses the skills involved in entertaining and involving audiences of children everywhere.

He reveals his special techniques for catching and holding a child's attention, provides a practical step-by-step guide illustrated with excerpts from his plays, and gives a behind-the scenes look at the work that goes into them. He also examines the business side, showing exactly how a good synopsis will help to sell an idea. This book has become a set text in the UK and also in the USA.

 

COMMENTS ABOUT THIS BOOK FROM A READER...


Hello Mr. Wood!

I had the great honor and experience of attending two of your workshops at the AATE Conference in Chicago last summer.

I especially enjoyed the Sunday morning workshop and all of the hands on work and script analysis we did.

I had purchased your book at the time and finally had the opportunity to read it this past month.

I first and foremost want to thank you for doing so much to debunk the myth that we who have devoted our lives to children's theatre are somehow failures in the "real world" of Legitimate Theatre.

We of course know better, although even after 16 years of teaching, directing, acting and writing with and for young people, the non-legitimacy among peers and family still cuts to the bone at times and your book was a wonderful
re-affirmation for me. I found myself consistently nodding or writing Yes! Exactly! or some derivative thereof in the margins.

I must also thank you for providing such wonderful and thorough guidelines to outlining and preparing a synopsis. Although I have one published play, several produced plays, and countless adaptations and smaller-scale productions to
my name, and have even managed to win both national and regional awards for a few of my plays, I am just now beginning to establish ever so slightly a national presence as a children's theatre playwright with two contracts recently
signed on each coast and one pending in the Midwest.

I recently submitted my synopses for two of those contracts and your book served as my Bible, guiding me to a new level of thoroughness and professionalism that will no doubt hold my initial efforts in much higher stead with potential and actual commissioning organizations.

As an actor who has spent the past three years touring New Jersey and its environs in three 2-person shows for children ages 3-8 (two of which I wrote) your tips for actors and directors were again a wonderful affirmation that our success has not been accidental but that I have learned well over the past decade and a half and applied those lessons well in my tours--the children are of course the best teachers and I am an active and receptive listener.

I know you are an extraordinarily busy man and I have prattled on for far too long, but I just wanted to let you know how valuable your book has been to me on many levels.

I thank you for writing it.

Thank you for your time and efforts, and for serving as a mentor from afar through your book.

Sincere regards--

Joey Madia
Playwright, Actor-Educator and
Artistic Director/Founder
New Mystics Theatre Company, Inc.

Lady Lollipop
A play for children
Adapted from the book by Dick King-Smith

A play for children adapted from the book by Dick King-Smith. If you loved LADY LOLLIPOP, the book, why not join in the story? There are parts for everyone, as well as tips on mime, movement, music and props. David Wood has adapted the story into a play for thirty children to perform or read. Ideal for schools or drama groups.
 

David Wood Songbook Cassette

You don't have to see shows to enjoy the songs which exist in their own right.

So fourteen of them from eleven different shows have been recorded as the David Wood Song Book.

  • The Gingerbread Man from The Gingerbread Man;
  • The Jumblies Song from The Owl and the Pussycat Went to See...;
  • Getting Ready for Christmas from Mother Goose's Golden Christmas;
  • A Washing Machine from Aladdin;
  • If Wishes were Horses from Old Mother Hubbard ;
  • The Turkey's Song from The the Owl and the Pussycat went to see...;
  • Old Father Time from Old Father Time;
  • The Funky Monkey from Cinderella;
  • When You're Feeling Worried from Mother Goose's Golden Christmas;
  • Sitting Fishing from The Ideal Gnome Expedition;
  • Grow from There Was An Old Woman;
  • Chocolate Children from Nutcracker Sweet;
  • Till Today Becomes Tomorrow from There Was An Old Woman;
  • If Only from Babes in the Magic Wood.

The songs are sung by the Allfarthing School Choir and (but don't let it put you off!) David Wood himself.

Buy direct from David Wood for £5.50 

The Gingerbread Man Cassette

The story of David Wood's international hit musical play for children is narrated by Bernard Cribbins. The songs are sung by the original Old Vic cast.

THE GINGERBREAD MAN has been seen in theatres all over the world. David Wood's own theatre production was televised by Channel 4.

There was also a television animation series, which is now on DVD.

 

The Owl And The Pussycat Went To See... Cassette

The musical play by David Wood and Sheila Ruskin is narrated by Harry Secombe, who also plays the Quangle Wangle. Roy Castle plays Owl and Hattie Jacques plays Pussycat.

The story and songs are accompanied by a full orchestra. Based on the verses and stories of Edward Lear, this musical play has been popular with professional and amateur companies since its first performance in 1968.

Buy direct from David Wood for £5.50 

 


The Phantom Cat Of The Opera

Who is the ghost that stalks the corridors, walks through walls and terrifies all who witness his appearance? The Phantom Cat is creating chaos in the Opera House and he will not stop until Christine is allowed to sing the leading role. When the new managers dare to disobey him, pandemonium breaks out.... And Christine is carried off to the Phantom's watery lair underneath the Opera House. Only the brave Raoul can save her now.

With wonderful illustrations by Peters Day, this book tells the story of The Phantom of the Opera, but all the characters are cats! No longer available, although sometimes copies can be found on Amazon.


The Toy Cupboard

Let Big Ted guide you through the magical world of the toy cupboard where new pleasures await on every shelf. Open the fancy dress box and try the dresses on Dolly. Fit the puppets on your fingers and make them dance, try your luck in the fishing game and startle your friends with the magic trick! More than just a book - this is an interactive box of delights!

This beautifully produced novelty book, co-created with Richard Fowler, is no longer available, although occasionally copies can be found on Amazon.

 

 

The Owl And The Pussy Cat
Baby Bear's Buggy Ride (To the Shops) and (To the Park)

Two concertina-style books, "to the park" and "to the shops". Push out and remove Baby Bear from the front cover. Place the buggy in the slot on page one, and "walk" Baby Bear behind each flap. Pull the flap forward to reveal a surprise. Excellent early-learning novelty books.

No longer available, but worth looking for copies on Amazon.


Silly Spider

Eeeek! There's a Silly Spider in the bathroom! Look, he's behind the soap. Oh no, he's crawling on my toothbrush! Where will he pop up next?

This is another pop-in-the-slot book by Wood and Fowler that children in schools love as much as the Mole books and FUNNY BUNNY'S MAGIC SHOW. Unfortunately it is no longer available, but copies can sometimes be found on Amazon.

 


The Christmas Story
A Nativity Play

A retelling of the Christmas story with great sympathy and warmth. Delightfully real characters and moments of gentle humour recreate the wonder of that night in Bethlehem, long ago, when Jesus was born. Lots of favourite carols are included. This is a play, ideal for primary schools. There are notes on performance.

Published by A & C Black, this play is no longer available, but try Amazon for a copy.

 

The Owl And The Pussy Cat
The Magic Show

This interactive novelty book, co-created with Richard Fowler, introduces a wealth of magic tricks and puzzles. Includes The Elevating Elephant, Witch Switch, Double Dealer, Sorcerer's Studio, Baffling Ball, Lucky Lunchbox, Sawing Through, The Enchanted Snakes, etc. etc.. When I show this book in schools, everyone wants a copy!

Unfortunately, it is no longer available. But copies do come up from time to time on Amazon.



Bedtime Story

This pop-through-the-slot book is generally regarded as the Wood/Fowler classic! Short-sighted Mole climbs into his animal friends' beds by mistake, before thankfully finding his own bed. The journey through the book becomes a guessing game - each bed resembles its owner. For many years this book was available in a dozen languages, and it was seen on television in Playdays and, I think, the Tweenies.

For the last few years it has been unavailable, but I am delighted to announce that Random House will be republishing in the summer of 2006, with new artwork by Richard Fowler.

 

The Owl And The Pussy Cat
Pop-Up Theatre: Cinderella

Rising magically from the page, the pop-up theatre provides an eye-catching table-top stage for budding young actors, directors and producers. This authentic miniature theatre skilfully engineered and beautifully illustrated by Richard Fowler, presents an entertaining new version of CINDERELLA scripted by David Wood. Complete with scenery, characters, props and stage effects, plus helpful suggestions on how to put on successful performances, the pop-up theatre will lead to a real understanding of stage-craft and provide hours of enjoyment.

When seen in schools, teachers and pupils all want a copy! There is no glueing or cutting. The theatre just pops up and is ready to go! Unfortunately, it is no longer available, but there are often copies available on Amazon.


The Owl And The Pussy Cat
Play Theatre

A second PLAY THEATRE, featuring the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, told in rhyming couplets, complete with a growing baked bean tin tree and other novelties.

Unfortunately, this is now unavailable. Worth looking on Amazon.



The Owl And The Pussy Cat
Chish 'N' Fips

Mr Wheeler and Mr Fisher, the celebrated garden gnomes, welcome you to their book of adventures. They introduce their colleagues Chip the Cat, Bleep the Robot, and next door's tortoise, Henrietta. They invite you to join them on their action-packed quest to find their Big Ones, their human owners who have moved home leaving the gnomes behind. Stories to read, games to play, interesting information. Learn the Code of the Gnomes and how to do the Gnomes' salute.

This book was published to accompany the television series of the same name, which was based on David Wood's play THE IDEAL GNOME EXPEDITION. Unfortunately it is long since out of print. It might be worth checking on Amazon for a copy. There is a cassette of the songs from the television series. David Wood has a few copies for sale. See MUSIC section.

 

The Owl And The Pussy Cat
Playstage
Two ROBIN HOOD plays

This is a collection of six one-act plays, two of which are by David Wood and Dave and Toni Arthur. Both are plays about ROBIN HOOD. The first is adapted from the full-length Robin Hood, originally presented at the Young Vic. It is called ROBIN HOOD AND FRIAR TUCK. The second play was written specially for this anthology. It is written for an all-female cast (Robin Hood isn't in it!). Called MARIAN AND THE WITCH'S CHARM, it was performed simultaneously by many companies of young people in an attempt to get into the Guinness Book of Records.

This book is no longer in print, but there may be a few copies on Amazon.


 

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