Squirrel Boy vs the Bogeyman

Author: Dave Lowe
Illustrator: Cate James

Age: 6-10
RRP: £5.99
ISBN: 9781907912726
Publication Date: 05-02-2015
Format: Pb, 198mm x 128mm x 12mm
Extent: 160 pages

Series blurb

Walter Kettle is just an ordinary boy until he is bitten on the bottom by a radioactive squirrel. From that moment, whenever he eats a nut, Walter Kettle becomes... Squirrel Boy! But Walter isn't the only person impacted by nuclear activity: on the other side of town Jeremy Winkleman-Grubb is picking his nose...

With the help of his ferocious elderly neighbour, Mrs Onions, Walter finds himself fighting crime and the hilarious new series for 7-10s about an unlikely and totally ridiculous superhero. 

Illustrated in comics style panels by Cate James, and perfect for reluctant readers. Three titles in the series publishing in 2015. Next: Squirrel Boy vs the Squirrel Hunter and Squirrel Boy vs the Wasp.


There’s an explosion at the town’s nuclear power plant. A week later, after eating his mum’s nut roast, Walter realises something very strange is happening to him. Meanwhile, on the other side of town, Jeremy Winkle-Mann Grub is picking his nose. When he inserts a finger into his nostril, he accidently inserts a bug (a bug that has recently been living in the armpit of an aforementioned radioactive squirrel), and Jeremy becomes the Bogeyman. When the Bogeyman embarks on a series of thefts, Walter is the only one who can stop him. Following a strict training regime, orchestrated by Mrs Onions, Squirrel Boy is ready to save the town.



Squirrel Boy vs the Bogeyman by Dave Lowe follows in the comic footsteps of awesome authors like Roald Dahl and David Walliams to conjure up a new breed of superhero. He might not be able to fly, he doesn't have a cape, and his outfit leaves a lot to be desired but Walter Kettle AKA Squirrel Boy is our last best hope against the most nefarious menace known to mankind. Bogeymen!

Track down a copy of Squirrel Boy vs the Bogeyman from Phoenix Yard Books and watch out for more from this series very soon!

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About the Author and Illustrator

After realising he would never play for West Bromwich Albion, Dave Lowe became a writer. His first series, Stinky & Jinks (My Hamster Thinks I'm a Genius) sold over 10,000 copies. Dave Lowe lives in Brisbane, Australia with his wife and two daughters.

Cate James is an Edinburgh-based illustrator and printmaker.


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