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.

Jonathan’s website:
Twitter: @jonathanmeres

Books by Jonathan Meres

cover of Noodle the Doodle by Jonathan Meres

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?

Jonathan Meres - Special Delivery

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.

Jonathan Meres - Grandpa was an Astronaut
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
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World of Norm: May Need Filling In
Published June 2014 by Orchard Books
The World of Norm

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.

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

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

Jonathan Meres - Grandpa was an Astronaut
Grandpa was an Astronaut
Published August 2016 by Barrington Stoke

Sherman loves the moon and he loves his grandpa even more – who has actually been to the moon! Grandpa was an astronaut and has a chunk of moon rock on his mantlepiece. Playing space games with Grandpa is one of Sherman’s most favourite things ever so he’s thrilled to hear that’s exactly what a visit to Grandpa will involve. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

Jonathan Meres - Fame Thing
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?

Jonathan Meres - The Xmas Factor
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!

Jonathan Meres - Phenomenal! - The Small Book of Big Words
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
You Snooze You Lose!
Surf’s Up!
Phenomenal! The Small Book of Big Words
The XMAS Factor