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Will Mabbitt
Will Mabbitt

All About Will Mabbitt

Will Mabbitt writes. He writes in cafes, on trains, on the toilet, and sometimes in his head when his laptop runs out of power. He lives with his family somewhere in the south of England. Will is the author of ‘The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones’ trilogy, the hugely entertaining ‘I Can Only Draw Worms’ Picture book and the new ‘Embassy of the Dead’ series. Will is currently writing episodes for CBeebies OlobobTop .

Will’s School Visits

Will offers a big presentation and then three creative writing workshops full of great tips to smaller groups which east last for 1 hour. Will also offers a book signing and works with 5-12 year olds.

Will’s Books

The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones

When Mabel Jones unknowingly commits ‘The Deed’ she finds herself swiftly bundled into a sack and carried off to the pirate ship the Feroshus Maggot.

Crewed by the strangest bunch of pirates you would ever want to meet and captained by the dreaded Idryss Ebeneezer Split (a wolf with a false leg carved from a human thighbone, a rusty cutlass sheathed in his belt and a loaded pistol tucked in his pants with no fear of the consequences), the Feroshus Maggot whisks Mabel Jones off on the adventure of a lifetime.

Suitable for KS2 students

Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City

What would you do if hungry vines emerged from your wardrobe and stole your baby sister?

If you’re Mabel Jones and afraid of nothing, you’d follow!

Between Mabel and her goal is a dangerous jungle, filled with deadly monsters and poisoned jelly babies.

Can she defeat the Witch Queen and rescue her sister, or is this the last we’ll see of Mabel Jones . . .?

Suitable for KS2 pupils.

Mabel Jones and the Doomsday Book

Would you agree to go on a perilous TOP SECRET mission to save your best friend from the creaking gibbet?Mabel Jones is on her way to the city of Otom in search of the legendary Doomsday Book – an ancient document that might help her save the hooman race.But Otom is a dangerous place, packed with soldiers, spies and stinking rebels. Can Mabel escape with the book, or will she fall victim to the dreaded Grand Zhoul . . . ?

Suitable for KS2 pupils.

I Can Only Draw Worms

This book is about worms. I can only draw worms.

You might think worms are boring – but you’d be wrong. These worms have INCREDIBLE adventures!

I can’t draw those bits, though, so you’ll have to imagine them.

A hilarious and superbly silly book that will have children in stitches and begging for more that was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Suitable for Reception pupils – KS1 students

This is not a Bedtime Story

Sophie doesn’t want a story time filled with cute kittens and birthday parties, she wants rocket-launching helicopters and a giant robot dinosaur! Clever, funny and heart-racingly exciting, this is a book to inspire and delight every little girl and boy.

And one thing’s for sure. Bedtime will never be the same again.

Suitable for Reception pupils – KS1 students

This is not a Fairy Tale

A sequel to the acclaimed This Is Not A Bedtime Story by rising stars Will Mabbitt and Fred Blunt.

Sophie doesn’t want a fairy tale about drippy princesses and pompous princes, she wants the princess to do the rescuing, with a ferocious, fighting transformer! Together Sophie and her dad revolutionise story time for a second time in this clever, funny and heart-ravingly exciting picture book, sure to inspire and delight every little girl and boy.

Storytime will never be the same again.

Suitable for Reception pupils – KS1 students

Embassy of the Dead

The first book in a spookily funny new series, where the living meets the dead and survival is a race against time. Perfect for fans of Skulduggery Pleasant and Who Let the Gods Out?

Welcome to the Embassy of the Dead. Leave your life at the door. (Thanks.)

When Jake opens a strange box containing a severed finger, he accidentally summons a grim reaper to drag him to the Eternal Void (yep, it’s as fatal as it sounds), and now he’s running for his life! But luckily Jake isn’t alone – he can see and speak to ghosts.

Jake and his deadly gang (well, dead, at least) – Stiffkey the undertaker, hockey stick-wielding Cora, and Zorro the ghost fox – have one mission: find the Embassy of the Dead and seek protection. But the embassy has troubles of its own and may not be the safe haven Jake is hoping for….

Suitable for KS2 students.

Examples of Will’s Workshops

I Can Only Draw Worms Event

If you thought drawing worms was easy, think again. Will Mabbitt (probably the worst illustrator of his generation) shows you how he created his latest picture book ‘I Can Only Draw Worms’ (published by Puffin). He’ll be guiding you through the seven rules of worm portraiture, making some balloon animals, and most importantly getting children drawing with his inspirational lack of talent.

Suitable for Age 4+


A Mabel Jones Event – Get ready for a pirate adventure.

Meet young Mabel Jones and her dastardly crew and take a voyage aboard the Feroshus Maggot. Expect animated storytelling and interactive, swashbuckling fun and games. Will also shares his top-tips on how to create your own pirate characters and write your own adventure stories – embrace the pirate in you!

Suitable for Age 6+

To purchase Will’s books, click here.

Recommendations and Reviews

“Will was completely charming and appealed to all the age groups.” – Corpus Christi RC Primary


“Will was fantastic; the children loved him! Thank you so much for organising this visit for us; we really appreciate it.” – Prospect House School


“We are all really positive about the author event yesterday – Will was excellent! So funny! And I’m sure the books will reflect his character. The kids were all engaged and enjoyed it immensely. The English coordinator was really pleased with how many children bought the books and were excited about reading them. “ – Kent College Canterbury


“Will’s talk went very well. All of the pupils seemed to enjoy it and the interaction with him. I know one little girl told him she was his biggest fan as she had already read his first two books .. which I thought was sweet.” – Harrogate Ladies College

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Will, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at