Charlie Merrick's Misfits 2018 World Cup Poster

With the 2018 FIFA FOOTBALL WORLD CUP taking place in Russia this summer, I was invited by my librarian friend George Kirk to recommend some of my favourite football books for fellow football hungry readers (see the video below). There's also a Charlie Merrick's Misfits poster (above) and 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP WALL CHART (below) available for free download. Links to further football and World Cup resources are listed below the video. All the best for a great summer of football and reading!

Charlie Merrick's 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP WALL CHART


Here are a few more football related
reading, writing and drawing  goodies …


My Top 11 Favourite Football Books


FREE Charlie Merrick Activity Pack including:

design your own squad cards, comic & match sheets


National Literacy Trust World Cup Kit Bag


TES Teaching Resources PackAn 8 day scheme of work based on Charlie Merrick

(please note - I had no involvement in the production of these resources, but

have been told by teachers they are very good. There is also a small cost to download the scheme)


Reading Agency Chatterbooks Football Pack


Step-by-step Guide to Drawing a Football Action Scene!


Dave Cousins How to draw a footballer from the Guardian Childrens Books
Dave Cousins Waiting for Gonzo worldwide editions










 "Dealing with some serious issues, Waiting for Gonzo manages to be simultaneously funny and thought-provoking."


Out now in the UK, USA, Canada,

Germany, Korea, Italy and Poland.



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Stories from The Edge Young Adult anthology of short stories



New YA anthology OUT NOW!


Includes MAGPIE SOUP, a prequel (of sorts) to 15 Days without a Head, about Mina before she met Laurence and Jay.


Visit The Edge website for more info.

Paperback and eBook editions available here.

"I guarantee that these stories will leave readers gasping for more." JOY COURT, Chair CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals


Discussion Guides for exploring the stories with students are available as a free PDF download here.

Charlie Merrick's Misfits in I'm a Nobody, Get Me Out of Here! Front Cover




"Fun, gung-ho stuff with great cartoons and endearing characters."

The Times

(Best Summer Reads)


"I loved this book so much I have read it twice already."

Tomasz, 9


"Funny, accessible

and deliciously irreverent …
perfect for thrill-seeking boys and girls of all reading abilities."

Lancashire Evening Post



"This is a great book, it's funny and even gives you great advice
on tying knots and finding your way without a compass."

Melissa, 8 (LoveReading4Kids)

Children's Book of the Month


Coventry Telegraph,

Children's Book of the Week


"You should definitely grab yourself a copy and enjoy getting
to know Charlie Merrick and his misfit friends."

Ross, 11 (LoveReading4Kids)



Charlie Merrick's Misfits in I'm a Nobody, Get Me Out of Here! Back cover blurb
Top Ten Survival Tips #1 Harvesting Dew


To celebrate the publication of the new Charlie Merrick's Misfits adventure,

The Guardian Children's Books kindly invited

me to choose my

Top Ten Survival Tips.

You can read them here.

The book was also included in The Guardian round-up of Summer Reads, here.

Sunglasses by Cyclops Dog single sleeve all proceeds to Bliss charity


Download 'Sunglasses' from the Waiting for Gonzo soundtrack – only 79p! All proceeds donated to the Bliss charity.


Watch the video below.


Thanks to Gabriel Cheung for sending in this brilliant kit of many colours.


Download the FREE Charlie Merrick Activity Pack and have a go at designing your own Dream Football Kit, or make some football cards for your team. Email your designs to the address on the pack, and I'll post my favourites here.



I really like the design of these two kits sent in by Mario Shehu. They remind me a bit of my favourite Birmingham City 'penguin' kit—especially the blue, white and green one in the background. Great stuff, thanks Mario.


These fantastic kits were designed by Year 6 pupils at St. Saviour's School in E14. (click the shirt to see the full set)