Jonathan Meres

Jonathan is based in Edinburgh. He’s a multi-talented individual who used to be a stand-up comedian and then wrote a number of books, including the bestselling books and TV series Yo! Diary! in the late 1990s.

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Twitter: @jonathanmeres

Books by Jonathan

Noodle the Doodle Wins the Day

Barrington Stoke, July 2022 It will soon be Sports Day at Wigley Primary and everyone is excited. And with new events like Book Balancing and Speed Dressing, who can blame them? Even Noodle the doodle wants to join in the fun. But when new pup on the block Daniel the spaniel appears, the canine capers threaten to get out of control. Can Noodle win the day? On your barks … get set … GO!

Noodle the Doodle Steals the Show

Barrington Stoke, August 2021 What if you arrived at a new school and suddenly had to take part in a talent show?! Everyone in Mr Reed’s class is excited to show that Wigley’s Got Talent, but new boy Samir is shy and he’s not really sure what his talent is. Thankfully his new best friend Noodle the doodle is there to help him out. But is this mischievous dog about to steal the show …?! ‘Meres puts on his own fine performance in this warm and wise story about friendship, fun and finding your feet in a new school… A class act from a top team’ –Lancashire Evening Post

Noodle the Doodle

Barrington Stoke, September 2020 Someone new is joining the class at Wigley Primary . . . Noodle’s got four legs, a big bark and shaggy golden curls! When Mr Reed announces that they’re taking a school trip to the seaside, the children are thrilled that Noodle will be coming too. But the beach is an exciting place for a dog – perhaps too exciting. Will Noodle be on his best behaviour or will the whole trip end in chaos?

Special Delivery

Barrington Stoke, June 2019 All Frank wants is a new bike, but bikes cost money … So he better start saving! When he settles on helping his sister, Lottie, with her paper round, the last thing Frank expects is to meet an old lady wearing a cowboy hat and boots – she’s not like anyone he’s ever met before. But Frank’s new friend seems a bit muddled, and when she needs help, he’s the only one there to lend a hand. A gentle exploration of Dementia and a touching tale of forging friendships across generations.

Mint Choc Chip at the Market Cafe

Barrington Stoke October 2017 Priya loves helping out at the stall her family have run for donkey’s years. But one day she meets Stan. His dad sells everything from dog treats to fish tanks – just like the Sharma family! Priya is horrified, but Nana-ji is on hand to offer lessons on the balance sheet of life.

Grandpa was an Astronaut

Barrington Stoke, 2016 Sherman is fascinated by the moon – all the more so because he knows someone who has actually been there, his Grandpa! Visiting Grandpa is one of Sherman’s favourite things. He loves hearing stories about real space travel but best of all is when he and Grandpa make their very own rocket so they can blast off into the sky, zoom through space, bounce around on the moon and still get home in time for tea. Presented as a small-format, illustrated story for newly-independent readers, the adventures of Sherman and his Grandpa will be familiar to many youngsters who have a close relationship with a grandparent. An engaging mix of fantasy and pretend play, the story also touches on the inevitability of loss and the value of making memories. (From Book Trust Website)

“The World of Norm” Series

2014 is officially THE YEAR OF NORM! Jonathan Meres saw over 7,000 children at live events this year

The World of Norm: 12: Must End Soon
Published: June 2017 by Orchard Books

The World of Norm: 11: May Be Recycled
Published December 2016 by Orchard Books

The World of Norm: 10: Includes Delivery
Published May 2016 by Orchard Books

The World of Norm: 9: May Still Be Charged
Published October 2015 by Orchard Books

World of Norm: 8: May Contain Buts
Published June 2015 by Orchard Books 

World of Norm: 7: Must Be Washed Separately
Published June 2014 by Orchard Books

World of Norm: 6: May Need Rebooting
Published June 2014 by Orchard Books

World of Norm: 5: May Be Contagious
Published November 2013 by Orchard Books

World of Norm: 4: May Require Batteries
Published June 2013 by Orchard Books

World of Norm: 3: May Produce Gas
Published October 2012 by Orchard Books

World of Norm: 2: May Cause Irritation
Published January 2012 by Orchard Books

World of Norm: 1: May Contain Nuts
Published September 2011 by Orchard Books

World of Norm: May Need Filling In

Published June 2014 by Orchard Books

In the world of Norm, today is always one of those days. Whether it’s losing his house, getting grounded without leaving bed, or waking up in 18th-century France, there are plenty of bonkers adventures that Norm haphazardly has to get himself out of. This is an abso-flipping-lutely hilarious series about a boy who can’t help getting himself into trouble, and only really wants a quiet life.

Rights to The World of Norm sold in: China, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Latvia, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey

Praise for The World of Norm Series:

Hilarious stuff’ – Harry Hill
For Fans of Jeff Kinney’ – Books for Keeps

Fame Thing

Published October 2016 by Barrington Stoke When superstar footballer Dean Johnson moves into George’s village, she gets the shock of her life. He seems like such a normal guy – but the newspapers say he’s a foul-mouthed overpaid yob. Who should George believe?

The Xmas Factor

Published November 2012 by A&C Black Hilarious collection of jokes, poems, lists, top tens and Christmas craziness, to make Christmas go with a bang!

Phenomenal! The Small Book of Big Words

Published July 2011 by Macmillan Children’s Books DISCOMBOBULATED Pronounced ~ dis-com-bob-u-lated. Means ~ thrown into confusion. As in ~ the lion is discombobulated by the skateboarding wildebeest. And ~ my parents are discombobulated when I suddenly start speaking Swedish.* A bit like ~ befuddled, bamboozled. Don’t confuse with ~ anything. If you like this word, try ~ nincompoop. * This won’t make any sense if you are actually Swedish.

“Koala Calamity” – Harper Collins’ ‘Awesome Animals’ Series

Published July 2011 by Macmillan Children’s Books

Surf’s Up!

You Snooze You Lose!