Clive Gifford - Author

About the Author

Clive Gifford is an award-winning author who has written hundreds of articles and over 80 non-fiction books. For Kingfisher, Clive's titles include Football - The ultimate guide to the beautiful gameFootball SkillsOlympics10 Explorers Who Changed the WorldHow the World Works and Think Again! He has received commendations from the Smithsonian Museum in the US and received a Times Educational Supplement Information Book of the Year award. A life-long supporter of the London team Queens Park Rangers, he has also been a football coach and contributed to various football fanzines. Clive lives in Manchester.

Featured books by Clive Gifford

Teenage Kicks: 101 things to do before you're 16

Teenage Kicks: 101 things to do before you're 16

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2008

An absolute must for every early teenager.  Fun, interesting and useful the author has compiled a great list of things to be sure to do before those early care free days – the childish wonder of innocence – are over and before your entire attention span becomes taken up with worrying about the opposite sex.

So You Think You Know the World Cup?

So You Think You Know the World Cup?

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback (b Format) Release Date: 20/04/2006

Are you well prepared for the kick off. Do you think you know it all? Through the 1000 plus questions you can test yourself and find out if you really do have all the answers at your finger tips. After a few easy questions just as a bit if a warm up, there are literary hundreds of medium and difficult questions to tax your brain and test your knowledge. Fun for all and useful for turning anyone and everyone into an instant expert.

Other books by Clive Gifford

The Race to Space

The Race to Space

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/05/2019

You know that man has walked on the Moon, but do you know the story of how he got there? With the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing on 20th July 2019, this book celebrates the Space Race rivalry between the US and the Soviet Union. Readers will learn about the neck-and-neck race between the two superpowers, through an illustrated story of the rivalry that gripped the world. From Russia's first satellite, Sputnik, to Neil Armstrong planting a US a flag on the moon, discover the events that unfolded through amazing nostalgic illustrations and engaging text. Explore, too, how these two space agencies now work together, and how the monumental achievements of the space race have created world-changing technology that we all use and benefit from today.

The Ultimate Guide to Surviving in the Wild

The Ultimate Guide to Surviving in the Wild

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/03/2019

An absorbing, fast-paced and comprehensive guide to surviving in the wild, with a particular focus on the animals you might encounter - and want to avoid! - while you're there. Whether you're lost in the mountains, stranded in the desert, or adrift at sea, if you've read this book, you might just have a fighting chance at staying alive. Vivid photos, maps and other colourful graphics provide plenty to inspire armchair explorers. Chapters cover survival at sea, on a Pacific island, in the Outback, the Sahara Desert, the Amazon Rainforest, Polar wilderness and the Rocky Mountains. Readers are provided with information on what to do first, the key rules for survival, the animals in each habitat and how to signal for help. Feature pages highlight real-life survivors who escaped these harsh environments to inspire young explorers.

A Robot World

A Robot World

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/03/2019

In today's wired world, robots are everywhere, from movies, in space, computer games - maybe even walking among us. Aimed at readers aged 7 to 11, this is a look at the rise of robots: how they've developed over time, from early sketches to terrifying battlebots and factory operatives, to the latest AIs running free from their workshops. Presented chronologically, this robot history will focus on landmark robots that have captured the imagination, including creations from popular culture.

The International Space Station

The International Space Station

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/11/2018

Just what is it like living on board the International Space Station? Well, now you can find out in this fascinating book ... illustrations have a really key role ... they are technically accurate and provide true representations of the mechanics, modules and equipment on board the ISS. (Parents In Touch) What is the space station and how did it get into space? How do astronauts get there and what do they do once they're there? How do astronauts eat, sleep, or even breathe, in space? What effect does living in space have on the human body, from making you taller to losing your muscles because of zero gravity. If everything floats, then how can you go to the toilet and where does your wee and poo go? Uncover all of the answers and more in this beautifully illustrated and fun book for children. Find out what it takes to become an astronaut and about the essential science experiments that are being carried out there. Written to inspire a new generation of astronauts, Clive's detailed and fact-filled text will make you think you've visited the space station yourself. Fully illustrated by self-confessed space geek illustrator, Dan Schlitzkus, the illustrations are technically accurate and provide true representations of the mechanics, modules and equipment on board the ISS.

The Ultimate Champions League Fan Guide

The Ultimate Champions League Fan Guide

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Get the lowdown on the most exciting annual football tournament on the planet. The Ultimate Champions League Fan Guide is an action-packed book bursting with eye-popping stats about the greatest teams and players in world football. Read all about the early years of the European Cup, discover what it takes to progress through the rounds to the final, then get all the need-to-know facts and figures about the Champions League's legendary players, from Antoine Griezmann to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Football Skills

Football Skills

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/2018

Football is the world's most popular sport - globally, more than 240 million people play the game regularly. This colourful and exciting book is the essential guide to soccer, offering easy-to-follow instruction that is sure to improve the all-round play of any young football player, from passing and dribbling to shooting, defending, goalkeeping and tactics. The detailed practical advice is enhanced by spreads about the all-time great players, the FIFA World Cup and unusual versions of the sport.

1001 Really Ridiculously Silly Jokes

1001 Really Ridiculously Silly Jokes

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/2018

Know any good jokes? Here are 1001 (yes, one thousand and one!) awesome ones for the whole family to enjoy! Why did the empty sandwich go to the dentist? IT NEEDED A FILLING. What do you call a 20,000-year-old joke? PRE-HYSTERICAL. With jokes galore, puns, one-liners, visual gags, play on words and hilarious illustrations. Divided into sections such as 'Hilarious Holidays', 'Teacher Titters' and 'Football Funnies', this book will never get old and will have your friends and whole family laughing. A hilarious bumper book that will captivate any child and spark an interest in reading - created by the bestselling author of Teenage Kicks and Eye Benders, and winner of the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize.

The Book of Comparisons

The Book of Comparisons

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/06/2018

**SAINSBURY'S CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD 2018 WINNER - LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT CATEGORY** How many people could fit on a blue whale's tongue? Is a hovercraft faster than a tank? And what grows quicker - toenails or fingernails? Discover the answer to these questions and so much more in The Book of Comparisons. Brimming with incredible facts to wow your family and friends with, this book will help you to understand extraordinary things in our world, by comparing them with other things! Through awesome comparisons, you'll learn about: The strongest animals The fastest vehicles The biggest poopers in the world The most extreme journeys ever taken The awesome power of natural forces Filled with amazingly detailed illustrations and fascinating nuggets of information to 'wow' family and friends with, this fact-packed book is sure to keep the whole family entertained. Absorbing, entertaining, and surprising, once you've learned how comparisons can work, you'll never look at the world in the same way again! Did you know that you can fit two football teams on the tongue of a blue whale? Did you know that the Samoan moss spider is as small as a grain of salt? Find out about these - and lots, lots more amazing information - in The Book of Comparisons. Perfect for fact fans! - The Week Junior This lovely book, with great illustrations by Paul Boston, is packed full of the sort of facts children love. The large pages are stuffed with extraordinary details, comparing everything from animals, to space to machines. Aimed at 7+, this seems like a book that could last for years, as it is so full of interesting little tit bits. - Reading Zone The Book of Comparisons is a crazy good fact nugget tomb! - WRD Magazine A lavishly illustrated, 90-page compendium of the sort of jaw-dropping statistics which children love to outdo each other. - Daily Telegraph The Book of Comparisons is so compelling. Gifford finds some brilliant stats to compare and in the process, simplifies science. - How it Works magazine

In Focus: Galapagos Islands

In Focus: Galapagos Islands

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/06/2018

Where would you find the largest tortoise in the world? What is a blue-footed booby? Who discovered the Galapagos? In Focus: Galapagos Islands has the answers! In Focus is a cool information series that's perfect for curious kids. These fun books feature modern, magazine-style pages, including top 10 lists, fast facts, quickfire quizzes and more! With pages packed with vivid photography and fun facts, kids will have fun learning about the world around them! Each In Focus book features a contents page, glossary and index.

The Colours of History

The Colours of History

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/04/2018

WINNER OF THE BLUE PETER BOOK AWARD BEST BOOK WITH FACTS 2019! A truly unique approach to history and a fascinating read that is guaranteed to keep boredom at bay, The Colours of History studies the shades, hues and pigments which have shaped the past and present. Why did Roman emperors wear purple? Which colour is made from crushed beetles? What green pigment might be used to build super-fast computers of the future? Find out the answers to these and many more questions in this vibrant exploration of the stories behind different colours, and the roles they've played throughout history. From black to white, and all the colours in between, every shade has a story to tell. Each colour group is introduced with a stunning and interpretive double-page spread illustration, followed by illustrated entries exploring the 'colourful' history of particular shades. With vivid, thought-provoking illustrations and engaging bite-sized text, this book is a feast for the eyes and the mind, ready to enthral budding artists and historians alike.

My First Football Handbook

My First Football Handbook

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/03/2018

Warm-up, kick-off! This colourful, action-packed and practical handbook is a fantastic introduction to football. Clear, accessible text covers everything a young football enthusiast needs to know: basic skills, tactics and techniques, rules and referees, world players and tournaments - and so much more. Great step-by-step photography and top tips make this a perfect guide book to take home and to football practice.

In Focus: Tropical Lands

In Focus: Tropical Lands

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/09/2017

Where is the hottest place on the Earth? Which animals love the hot weather? Where would you see a mirage? In Focus: Tropical Lands has the answers! In Focus is a cool, new information series that's perfect for curious kids. These fun books feature modern, magazine-style pages, including top 10 lists, fast facts, quickfire quizzes and more! With pages packed with vivid photography and fun facts, kids will have fun learning about the world around them! Each In Focus book features a contents page, glossary and index, plus front and end gatefold flaps on the cover.

Sports Skills: Rugby

Sports Skills: Rugby

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/08/2017

Whether you are taking part or just watching, rugby is an exciting and dramatic sport. Discover everything you need to know about it from training to playing. Brilliant step-by-step photography will help you perfect your technique, while profiles and stats tell you more about the world's greatest players. Perfect for readers aged 9 and up. The series Sports Skills covers rules, equipment, famous competitors and major competitions through specially commissioned, step-by-step photography that clearly shows skills and techniques needed for a sport.

Sneaky Animals

Sneaky Animals

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/07/2017

Sneaky Animals is an engaging non-fiction reader that will help make learning to read fun and interesting. Get ready to discover the animals who don't play by the rules! Warning: contains rotters and plotters, hooligans, con artists, assassins and more! Who do you think is the naughtiest animal? The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features favourite topics, well-loved authors and classic characters so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 3 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for fluent readers who are beginning to read exciting, challenging books independently. Varied sentences Detailed illustrations to enjoy Contains a glossary and index More technical language A rich range of vocabulary Higher word count All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band level: Gold More level 3 non-fiction reading ladder books to collect: A day in the life of Triceratops, A day in the life of T. rex, Senses, Romans and The Water Cycle. For more information about the series and advice on supporting children's reading, see our reading ladder page here Clive Gifford is an award-winning author of books for children and adults including the astonishing Dead or Alive, the creepy Book of Bad Things and the brain mangling Think Again and Eye Benders. He is passionate that books should entertain, inform and amaze whenever possible. A contributor to Encyclopedia Britannica, Clive's books have won School Library Association, PBS, Smithsonian and Times Educational Supplement, as well as the prestigious Royal Society Young People's Book Prize. Sarah Horne lives in London, and has illustrated many children's books including Monster House, The Sesame Seade Mysteries and Guinea Pigs Online. Continuously drawing from a young age, Sarah's strength is in her draftsmanship and line work, she loves colour and one of the real joys of her illustration work is adding the extra humour in the detail. Sarah likes to travel, loves music, she doesn't care for mice and loves a good cup of coffee.

Hung, Drawn and Quartered

Hung, Drawn and Quartered

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/07/2017

Take a gruesome trip through time with this grisly compendium of death! From the best way to shrink a head to making a mummy in eight simple steps, and with fascinating facts about botched beheadings, greedy royals and the plague, Hung, Drawn and Quartered looks at the most gruesome facts from the past.

Animal Survivors

Animal Survivors

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Animal Survivors is an engaging non-fiction reader that will help make learning to read fun and interesting. Are you ready to discover the extraordinary ways that creatures can survive? Meet the incredible survivors of the animal world including some heroic pets, frauds and fakers, long-living legends and sneaky tricksters. The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features favourite topics, well-loved authors and classic characters so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 3 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for fluent readers who are beginning to read exciting, challenging books independently. Varied sentences Detailed illustrations to enjoy Contains a glossary and index More technical language A rich range of vocabulary Higher word count All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band level: Gold More level 3 non-fiction reading ladder books to collect: A day in the life of Triceratops, A day in the life of T. rex, Senses, Romans and The Water Cycle. For more information about the series and advice on supporting children's reading, see our reading ladder page here Clive Gifford is an award-winning author of books for children and adults including the astonishing Dead or Alive, the creepy Book of Bad Things and the brain mangling Think Again and Eye Benders. He is passionate that books should entertain, inform and amaze whenever possible. A contributor to Encyclopedia Britannica, Clive's books have won School Library Association, PBS, Smithsonian and Times Educational Supplement, as well as the prestigious Royal Society Young People's Book Prize. Sarah Horne lives in London, and has illustrated many children's books including Monster House, The Sesame Seade Mysteries and the Guinea Pigs Online series. Continuously drawing from a young age, Sarah's strength is in her draftsmanship and line work, she loves colour and one of the real joys of her illustration work is adding the extra humour in the detail. Sarah likes to travel, loves music, she doesn't care for mice and loves a good cup of coffee.

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