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Martin Waddell was born April 10, 1941, in Belfast, Ireland. He always wanted to be a professional soccer player. After having played for junior teams in Ireland, he left school at fifteen and held a variety of jobs, including working at a publishing company and as a night switchboard operator for a taxi company. Waddell is now one of the most prolific and successful contemporary children's writers, with more than one hundred books to his credit, some of them under his pseudonym Catherine Sefton. He won the 1986 Other Award, for his book Starry Night, which was also a runner up for The Guardian Children¿s Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the Young Observer Teenage Fiction Prize. He has twice won the Smarties Book Prize, for Farmer Duck and Can't You Sleep Little Bear? He also won the 1989 Kurt Mascher Award for The Park In The Dark, the 1990 Bets Book For Babies for Rosie¿s Babies and has been shortlisted for the 1992 Smarties Book Prize for Along The Lonely Road. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Owl Babies… (more)
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Martin Waddell also writes young adult books under the pen name: Catherine Sefton.

Owl Babies 3,456 copies, 74 reviews
Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? 2,166 copies, 26 reviews
Farmer Duck 1,599 copies, 34 reviews
Let's Go Home, Little Bear 818 copies, 9 reviews
You and Me, Little Bear 633 copies, 9 reviews
Snow Bears 496 copies, 5 reviews
The Pig in the Pond 434 copies, 8 reviews
Good Job, Little Bear 386 copies, 12 reviews
The Happy Hedgehog Band 234 copies, 3 reviews
The Big Big Sea 195 copies, 3 reviews
Webster J. Duck 184 copies, 1 review
Once There Were Giants 164 copies, 4 reviews
Rosie's Babies 161 copies, 1 review
Sleep Tight, Little Bear 154 copies, 5 reviews
Sailor Bear 135 copies, 2 reviews
Tiny's Big Adventure 127 copies, 7 reviews
A Kitten Called Moonlight 124 copies, 1 review
What Use is a Moose? 115 copies, 2 reviews
It's Quacking Time! 103 copies, 4 reviews
The Super Hungry Dinosaur 98 copies, 4 reviews
In a Blue Velvet Dress 97 copies, 4 reviews
Tom Rabbit 97 copies, 2 reviews
The Hidden House 97 copies, 3 reviews
When the Teddy Bears Came 95 copies, 2 reviews
The Park in the Dark 84 copies, 2 reviews
The Tough Princess 78 copies, 1 review
Captain Small Pig 67 copies, 5 reviews
The Little Bear Stories 66 copies, 1 review
Squeak-A-Lot 64 copies, 2 reviews
Sam Vole and His Brothers (Author) 63 copies, 2 reviews
Little Mo 57 copies, 1 review
Who Do You Love? 46 copies, 1 review
Bee Frog 43 copies, 3 reviews
The Toymaker 42 copies, 2 reviews
The Great Green Mouse Disaster 39 copies, 1 review
The Hollyhock Wall 38 copies, 1 review
We Love Them 37 copies, 1 review
My Great Grandpa 34 copies, 2 reviews
Grandma's Bill 32 copies, 2 reviews
Yum, Yum, Yummy! 32 copies, 3 reviews
Going West 27 copies
Small Bear Lost 22 copies, 1 review
Tango's Baby 21 copies
Amy Said 20 copies, 2 reviews
Frankie's Story 18 copies
Starry Night 17 copies
Emer's Ghost 13 copies
Cup Winners 11 copies
Shooting Star 10 copies
Otley 9 copies
Daisy's Christmas 9 copies, 1 review
Ben and Bobo 8 copies
The Dump Gang 6 copies
Otley Pursued 6 copies
Something So Big 6 copies, 1 review
Napper's Luck 3 copies
Baby's Hammer 2 copies
Y Gwylwyr 1 copy
The Band 1 copy
Petite Lou 1 copy
The Random House Book of Ghost Stories (Contributor) 126 copies, 3 reviews
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: A Month of Mystery (Contributor) 116 copies, 2 reviews
The Eighth Pan Book of Horror Stories (Contributor) 38 copies, 2 reviews
Goodbye and Hello (Contributor) 9 copies
Cool Christmas Stories (10-in-1) (Contributor) 7 copies
Djævelens tunger (Author, some editions) 1 copy, 1 review
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Under his own name he publishes mysteries, ghost stories, light comedies, and picture books for children. As Catherine Sefton he has written more complex, emotionally charged books for young adults, several of which are ghost stories while others are political novels.
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Martin Waddell also writes young adult books under the pen name: Catherine Sefton.

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