Bad Apple (Bad Apple)

Huw Lewis Jones, Ben Sanders


A laugh-out-loud picture book starring a truly terrible piece of fruit

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This is Apple.

He’s not a normal,

nice kind of apple.

Not a peaceful piece

of fruit, no sir.

He’s rotten to the core.

In this hilarious story about a really bad apple by award-winning author and polar explorer Huw Lewis Jones, a series of simple rhymes is transformed into a sequence of events that will have readers splitting their sides with laughter. As one silly scenario unfolds after the other, a common piece of fruit shows readers what he’s really made of by making life miserable for Pear, Pea, Cat, Spud and Spoon, among others. In a very dark twist at the end, he receives his comeuppance...

Shortlisted in the Teach Primary Books Awards 2021


'An ideal picture book for newly independent readers ... this story had my two giggling away'

'A lovely addition to any family book collection. Great concept with simple, clean and bright illustrations'
Parenting Without Tears

'It has the feel of a future classic to me – like an edgier alternative to the much-loved Oi Frog and Friends books. Recommended!'

'With a message that there are consequences for our actions, the punchy rhyming text, coupled with fun and expressive illustration make this a perfect book for early readers'

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Format: PLC

Size: 24.4 x 24.4 cm

Extent: 32 pp

Publication date: 20 May 2021

ISBN: 9780500652435

About the Author

Huw Lewis Jones is a polar-exploring author and historian who lives in Cornwall, U.K. His books include Explorers’ Sketchbooks, The Writer’s Map and Archipelago, all published by Thames & Hudson. Ben Sanders is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer based in Ballarat, Australia. He is the author and illustrator of I Could Wear That Hat and I’ve an Uncle Ivan (both Thames & Hudson Australia).