Pet Defenders Book Tour

11 MAY - 17 MAY 2017


25 - 27 SEPTEMBER!

Attack of the Alien Dung, by Gareth P. Jones     Beards from Outer Space, by Gareth P. Jones

Paperback £5.99 | Book 2 Published 4th May 2017 |  



Gareth P. Jones is taking Biscuit & Mitzy on tour to celebrate the publication of his second Pet Defenders title: the brand new comic caper, Beards from Outer Space.

Gareth is available to visit schools for multi-year group assemblies. He will bring his banjolele to play his original songs inspired by the books, and will include a Q&A and book signing. Multi-school audiences are also welcome as the bigger the group the better it's suited to enjoy his presentation!

While this book tour focuses on his new Pet Defenders series for younger readers, Gareth is always happy to add additional sessions for other age groups if you so wish. Please mention your interest when you CONTACT US with your school's proposal for hosting an event and we will do our best to fit in your request.

(For more information about Gareth's other titles, please see below.)

Audience: Minimum size 150 - 500+ (no maximum) the more the merrier! Ages 6 - 9 years old, Yrs 1 - 3/4.

Fee:  WAIVED! During the publicity book tour the publisher will cover travel and accommodation costs and there will be no fee. In exchange they would expect excellent promotion of book sales ahead of the event and for the parents of all attending students to be informed that books will be available for sale. (PGBB will provide schools materials to assist with pre-event publicity, on-line and in-school pre-ordering facilities etc.) 

Equipment Requirements: IT not required, but if you have a piano available, Gareth will definitely play it as part of his presentation!


If you’ve ever wondered what your pets get up to while you’re gone, look no further than this hilarious new series. The combination of wacky alien threats and madcap storylines make the Pet Defenders perfectly pitched for young readers, especially fans of funny and action-packed animal adventures including Andrew Cope’s Spy Dog series, Astrosaurs and Jeremy Strong.

When alien’s attack the safety of planet earth depends on them…You may know them as Biscuit and Mitzy

but we know them as the

Pet Defenders!

Beards From Outer Space: There's a new mayor of Nothington-on-Sea and the bearded, sunglass-wearing politician has attracted a whole load of fans. Soon everyone in the town is sporting a beard – even the women! But these are not just any beards – the Beard King is in town and he's planning to conquer the world. Soon every single living thing on Earth will be controlled by a beard … unless the Pet Defenders can stop him in time!


“GARETH P JONES's latest mad cap adventure, ATTACK OF THE ALIEN DUNG, has loads of appeal for newly confident readers looking for a funny, action-packed story.”
- ReadingZone


“Men In Black meets Cats v Dogs in illustrated book form, with twice as many laughs.”
- Netgalley Reviewer



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Gareth P. Jones is a winner of the Blue Peter Book Award, and banjolele minstrel extraordinaire. He creates lively interactive performances for students, peppered with irreverent humour, unbridled energy and original songs inspired by his books. In between writing his 30+ books, and the songs to go with them, Gareth also works as a producer of TV documentaries. Born in Birmingham and now living in London with his wife and two children, Gareth writes wonderful novels and picture books for readers ages two to teen. (See below for more of his titles...)

Twitter: @jonesgarethp

Steve May Photo


Steve May is an illustrator and animator based in north London. He was born in sunny Hastings and has an MA in Animation from the Royal College of Art. As an illustrator he has produced work for a variety of clients including Marks & Spencer, Harper Collins, The Guardian, The Economist, Puffin & Faber amongst many others. And his mum says he's a genius.

Twitter: @stevemaythe1st



The Dinosaurs Are Having A Party! by Gareth P. Jones and illustrated byGarry Parsons   The Dinosaurs Are Having a Party (Ages 0+)

A rip-roaring dinosaur romp from Blue Peter Book of the Year winner Gareth P. Jones, illustrated by Red House award winner Garry Parsons, Illustrator. The dinosaurs are having a party. It starts precisely at three. I'm a boy not a dinosaur; So I'm pleased they invited me. But the dinosaurs are planning to serve a special dish at their party and perhaps all is not as it seems...

Are You The Pirate Captain? (Ages 0+)  Are You the Pirate Captain? by Gareth P. Jones and illustrated by Garry Parsons

First mate Hugh has got the whole crew and the pirate ship ready, but they can't set sail until they find a captain! Rather than a peg leg or a hook, it turns out what their captain needs is the brains to lead. Have you got what it takes to be the pirate captain? A side-splittingly scurvy mystery from a multi-award-winning duo, that shows that you should never judge by appearances.

The Considine Curse, by Gareth P. Jones, Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year  The Considine Curse (Ages 8+)

Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2012

A hair-raising family adventure that will have you howling with enjoyment! Fourteen-year-old Mariel returns to England for her grandmother's funeral. It is the first time she has been back since she was a baby, and she is beginning to uncover some really extraordinary truths and a dark secret that lies at the heart of the Considine family.

The Thornthwaite Inheritance (Ages 9+)  The Thornthwaite Inheritance, by Gareth P. Jones

Ovid and Lorelli Thornthwaite are twins, and they have been trying to kill each other for so long that neither twin can remember which act of attempted murder came first. But soon a new battle evolves – one in which they have to work together to solve the mystery of their parents’ deaths.

A gothic novel featuring twins with a deadly rivalry, mysterious deaths, a fortune to be inherited, untrustworthy lawyers and creepy butlers make this an enjoyable read for children who like humour, a fast-paced plot and nasty tricks. A great read for fans of Lemony Snicket.

The Thornthwaite Betrayal, by Gareth P. JonesThe Thornthwaite Betrayal (Ages 9+)

The long-awaited follow-up to The Thornthwaite Inheritance.

Orphan twins Lorelli and Ovid Thornthwaite have reached an uneasy truce after a lifetime of plotting each other's demise. Soon though some peculiar 'near accidents' begin to take place making the twins wonder – is someone else trying to bump them off?

Constable & Toop (Ages 9+)  9781471400117 Constable & Toop by Gareth P Jones

A darkly comic Dickensian ghost story from Blue Peter Award winner Gareth P. Jones: it's not the dead you'll need to worry about! Sam Toop lives in a funeral parlour, blessed (or cursed) with an unusual gift. While his father buries the dead, Sam is haunted by their constant demands for attention.

Trouble is afoot on the 'other side' - there is a horrible disease that is mysteriously imprisoning ghosts into empty houses in the world of the living. And Sam is caught in the middle - will he be able to help? 

Death or Ice Cream, by Gareth P. Jones  Death or Ice Cream (Ages 11+)

Larkin Mills: The Birthplace of Death! is no ordinary town. It's a place of contradictions and enigma, of secrets and mysteries. A place with an exquisite ice cream parlour, and an awful lot of death. An extraordinary mystery in Larkin Mills is beginning to take shape involving an odd assortment of local residents. If you can piece together what all these strange folks have to do with one another ... well, you'll have begun to unlock the dark secrets that keep the little world of Larkin Mills spinning … Classic Gareth P. Jones dark comedy.