John Dougherty left teaching to become the author of over a dozen books including the Zeus stories (Zeus on the Loose was shortlisted for the Branford Boase; Zeus Sorts It Out was one of The Times’s children’s books of the year 2011), the Bansi O’Hara books, the Jack Slater books (Jack Slater: Monster Investigator, was nominated for the Ottakar’s Children’s Books Prize) and the soon-to-be-published Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face series from OUP.

Born in Larne, Northern Ireland, John now lives with his family in Gloucestershire. He is Patron of Reading at West Earlham Junior School in Norwich, and a patron of the Chipping Norton Literary Festival . He’s a strong supporter of the library service, and his song What’s Wrong with Ed Vaizey can be found here

John is chair of the Society of Authors’s Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group.

Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face and the Badness of Badgers

Hey you! No, not you – the person behind you. No, not him either. Left a bit, left a bit more . . . You! Oh for goodness sake . . . never mind . . . Dear Everyone (including you!)!

Welcome to the world of Great Kerfuffle! It’s really great. And there’s usually a kerfuffle (the clue’s in the name really).

Come and join our intrepid heroes Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face as they set off on a highly dangerous and nail-biting adventure (or it may just be very silly and mildly perilous!). Oh, and there might be a few dodgy badgers hanging about too . . .

Meet the funniest collection of characters ever known to mankind in this stupendously hilarious book that will make you laugh your socks off, and quite possibly your ears too.

Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face and the Quest for the Magic Porcupine

Oi! You at the back! Yes, you! Stop mucking about and get a move on. Some of us are waiting to get going on this quest you know! These magic porcupines are pretty hard to find, so pay attention and stick with our fearless heroes, Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face.

It could take many years for us to finish our gigantic quest, or it could take just under 200 pages, but I’m pretty sure we’ll be back in time for tea, ’cause we’ll be starving by then . . .

With a host of unforgettable characters such as . . . ummm . . . old what’s her face and . . . errrr . . . young fellow-me-lad, this is nail-biting and thumb-sucking adventure that will leave you laughing and cheering and quite possibly really fancying a banana!

Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Evilness of Pizza

Psst! Psst! Psssssst!!! OI, YOU!! Do you want to know a secret? Well? Do you? It’s a good one . . . honest. You’ll never believe it. It’s so unbelievably unbelievable and soooooo secret. You have to promise not to tell ANYONE. Well? Do you? Cross your heart and hope to die (or at least pass out for a few minutes). OK . . . here goes. You know those badgers? You’ll never guess what they’ve been up to this time . . .

With more twists and turns than a pizza delivery guy on an oil slick, this amazing adventure will leave you hungry for more (pizza) . . .

Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Bees of Stupidity

Ssh! Keep the noise down! Shut Uuuuuppp!!! Thanks . . .

There are strange things happening on the island of Great Kerfuffle. Listen carefully . . . can you hear that humming noise? It’s getting louder . . . and louder . . . it’s coming this way! I think we’d better LEG IT!!

Oh, hang about, here come our heroes, Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face to save us. They’re sure to know what’s beehind all this strange beehaviour. Let’s hope they don’t buzz off beefore the end of the story!


You managed to pack lots in without swamping us. I feel challenged but not daunted.

- John Dougherty