Being an author is my dream job, but I've never had so much fun working on a book as I did with this one! Charlie Merrick's Misfits is my first time as author and illustrator—which meant I was allowed to spend weeks drawing comic strips and illustrations and still call it work! I'm a big fan of football, so there's quite a bit of the beautiful game in this, but mainly it's a story about friendship and some of the hilarious stuff that happens when you're hanging out with your mates! I hope you enjoy it …

The first story featuring Charlie Merrick's Misfits … in Fouls Friends and Football
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Dave Cousins Charlie Merricks Misfits in fouls friends and football review quotes


"Full of action, both on and off the pitch, this book is bang on target."

ReadingZone (5 star review)

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"Ultimately the story is about friendship and teamwork and has an excellent crescendo with funny moments along the way. It would suit children who love football but as a 33-year-old football fan I too found it unputdownable and finished it within the day."

Tim Roast (5 star review)

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"The first book featuring the ‘misfits’— a multi-racial, mixed-sex group of regular children and their hilarious adventures is sure to get boys, girls and football mad kids reading in the run up to the World Cup!"

Shoot Magazine

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"I don't really like football, but I love this book."

Guardian Children's Books Review

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"The book is brilliantly designed, a cornucopia of kickabout chaos—Charlotte dug in and started hooting with laughter after about a page or two—Obviously a good sign."

Read It Daddy!

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"I never expected to enjoy Fouls, Friends, and Football as much as I did, but I was won over by Dave Cousins and his band of misfits. I'm already looking forward to the next book, titled I'm a Nobody, Get Me Out of Here and, in the meantime, I might even watch some of this summer's World Cup. How's that for scoring a goal, eh, Dave? You'll make a football fan of me yet!"

Jenny, Wondrous Reads

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"An exhilarating read. Dave Cousins' enthusiasm is infectious—narration most lively, illustrations fun. Charlie himself totally appeals."

D.L. Rees, Amazon Vine Top 500 Reviewer (5 star review)

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"Excellent fun read."

Rob Smith, Amazon Vine Top 500 Reviewer (5 star review)

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Dave Cousins Charlie Merricks Misfits Drawing and football activity pack

Download the FREE Charlie Merrick Activity Pack and make some football cards for your team, design a dream kit, or draw your own comic. Email your designs to the address on the pack, and I'll post my favourites here.

Book cover for Charlie Merricks Misfits in I'm a Nobody Get Me Out of Here by Dave Cousins




"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)



BACK COVER blurb for Charlie Merrick's Misfits in I'm a Nobody Get Me Out of Here! by Dave Cousins


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