Harry the Poisonous Centipede: A Story To Make You Squirm

By Lynne Reid Banks, Illustrated by Tony Ross

Winner of the Smarties Silver medal, and best-selling title, Harry the Poisonous Centipede is the delightfully squirmy story of a little centipede’s adventures in the scary world of the dreaded Hoo-Mins!

“It’s a Hoo-Min!” crackled George. “Walking on its hairy-biter feet!”
But now it was Harry who felt brave. “Come on! Let’s peep at it!”
They crawled the rest of the way up the tunnel towards the light.

Harry is a poisonous centipede but he’s not very brave. Still, he is the star of this seriously squirmy story. Harry likes to eat things that wriggle and crackle, and things that are juicy and munchy! But there are some things that a poisonous centipede must never try to eat – dangerous things like flying swoopers, belly wrigglers, furry biters and the most dangerous of all… Hoo-Mins!

Harry and George’s adventures up to the world of Hoo-Mins sparkle with fun and will be a delightfully squirmy experience for all young readers.

Format: Paperback
Ageband: 7 to 9
Release Date: 26 Apr 2012
Pages: 176
ISBN: 978-0-00-747677-0
Lynne Reid Banks was an actress in the early 1950s and later became one of the first two women TV News reporters in Britain. She is a bestselling author for both children and adults, and has written over forty books, including The Indian in the Cupboard, which was made into a major feature film, bestselling Harry the Poisonous Centipede and The L-Shaped Room. Lynne says writing for children comes more easily than writing for adults. \"It\'s not that it is less demanding – I just find it more fun.\"

”Praise for Harry the Poisonous Centipede:'A real ground level story that rockets along on hundreds of legs…Bug fans will love this.” - Kidstuff School Books RTE Guide

”Praise for Tiger, Tiger:'Tiger, Tiger burns brightly to the very last page, and long afterwards too.” - Michael Morpurgo

”Praise for The Indian in the Cupboard:'An assured piece of storytelling, well able to stand comparison with older classics.” - Times Educational Supplement

”'Enthralling and hair-raising reading.” - TLS

”Praise for The Secret of the Indian:'There have been many famous stories in which children’s toys come alive: this book is in the same great tradition.” - School Library Association.