Edward Ormondroyd Books In Order


  1. David and the Phoenix (1957)
  2. The Tale of Alain (1960)
  3. Time At the Top (1963)
  4. Jonathan Frederick Aloysius Brown (1964)
  5. Imagination Greene (1973)
  6. Castaways On Long Ago (1973)
  7. All in Good Time (1975)


  1. Time at the Top / All in Good Time (2011)

Picture Books

  1. Theodore (1966)
  2. Michael, the Upstairs Dog (1967)
  3. Broderick (1969)
  4. Theodore’s Rival (1971)
  5. Johnny Castleseed (1985)

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Edward Ormondroyd Books Overview

David and the Phoenix

Originally published in 1957, this well loved classic makes a comeback! David knew that one should be prepared for anything when one climbs a mountain, but he never dreamed what he would find that June morning on the mountain ledge. There stood an enormous bird, with a head like an eagle, a neck like a swan and a scarlet crest. The most astonishing thing was that the bird had an open book on the ground and was reading from it! This was David’s first sight of the fabulous Phoenix and the beginning of a pleasant and profitable partnership. The Phoenix found a great deal lacking in David’s education he flunked questions like ‘How do you tell a true from a false Unicorn?’ and undertook to supplement it with a practical education, an education that would be a preparation for Life. The education had to be combined with offensive and defensive measures against a Scientist who was bent on capturing the Phoenix, but the two projects together involved exciting and hilarious adventures for boy and bird. A wonderful read aloud book, adventurous and very funny, with much of the magic as well as the humor of the fantastic.

Time At the Top

It’s strange enough when Susan Shaw disappears without a trace on a wintry March afternoon. It’s stranger still when her uninformative note is found in the hallway of her apartment building, along with a black cat that no one has seen before. And it’s strangest of all when she suddenly appears again, wearing clothes that are eighty years out of date, and tells a wild story about an old woman with a fly away hat, an elevator that travels into the past, and a distressed family that only she can save.

Who is going to believe such a tale? Certainly not her father. But Susan is determined to prove to him that it’s all true. And she has other plans for him as well…

Who, in fact, could believe such a tale? Even the author, who takes part in the story, has his doubts. But just as those doubts are all laid to rest, the mystery thickens once more. This time it’s a double disappearance…

Castaways On Long Ago

Meet Richard, Linda and Dudley Waite three everyday children spending time on a farm one hot summer’s week while their parents are away at a conference. The week promises to be perfectly ordinary that is, until they discover Long Ago Island, overgrown, deserted, forbidden and beckoning.


Theodore loves Lucy even though she’s often careless with him. He s an old experienced bear, comfortably smudgy, and he knows that it s part of a bear s life to be forgotten in a closet now and then. But when he s accidentally mixed in with the laundry and gets washed and dried, he s suddenly so shiny clean that Lucy doesn t recognize him. He needs to figure out a way to get himself smudgy and bearish again! Theodore is a classic, universal story of a stuffed animal s adventures a precursor to Corduroy and Knuffle Bunny. More than forty years after its original publication date, it s as fresh and endearing as ever, with help from Juli Kangas s happy, candy colored new illustrations.

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