Richard Dodd

Richard Dodd

Children's Author

Booking enquiry
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Available for

Workshop, Talk, Reading, Interview, Commission a book


Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14


Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Sport

Book types

Fiction for children



My main books tell the story of a magic penguin named Fluffy - there are currently four in the series and each carries a message for the reader. 

My books are aimed at primary school children and I have unique workshops aimed at each Key stage. At this time, these workshops are centred around the book I am working on - which is about a ten year-old girl who develops superpowers. But, can also include my other books - covering a range of topics such as; friendship, bravery, kindness and humility.

The workshops I offer feature a variety of different themes. The last one I held was aimed at encouraging children to consider what makes a person a superhero and also what makes a villain. We created a character in small workable groups, and the children discussed what would make a good story around this character. With Years 5 and 6, I also talked about the writing process, why English is so important, and how to get published. 

I also host a competition when visiting a school, for example, the most recent winner created the villain for my new book and will receive a signed, special edition copy of the new book with their name in the 'Acknowledgements' section. Two runners-up each received a gift voucher for Waterstone's. This is something I would very much like to replicate.

My fees are in line with the Society of Authors' recommendations, although discounts are available on request.

As a new-added bonus, I now also offer children the chance to be published and become a full-fledged author before leaving school. I do this in conjunction with my publisher; Upbury Press Publishers Ltd.

I am fully vaccinated and will adhere to your school's Covid-19 policies in order to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Books by Richard Dodd

I have written five books so far, four of them about a magic penguin named Fluffy. All of my books carry a helpful lesson/message for children; such as being there for their friends when they need them. I have a new book due out in 2022; the first in my superhero series, entitled 'Ultra-Girl'. I feel that female main characters are so important, especially as superheroes!
Fluffy Hugs: Fluffy The Magic Penguin Book 1

Fluffy Hugs: Fluffy The Magic Penguin Book 1

Fluffy is a magic penguin whose hugs can instantly make anyone feel better. He is happy only when helping. This book carries a strong message of helping others. 
Minty Visits: Fluffy The Magic Penguin Book 2

Minty Visits: Fluffy The Magic Penguin Book 2

Fluffy brings his friend Minty home to visit. However, while on a routine mission, Fluffy loses his magic and must ask for help. This book encourages children to seek help when they need it. 
Santa's Gift: Fluffy The Magic Penguin Book 3

Santa's Gift: Fluffy The Magic Penguin Book 3

Fluffy decides to give his magic to a weasel, against his cousin's judgement. Fluffy realises that she may have point, but it's too late, or is it? This books carries a message of not pre-judging people. 
Lotus's Secret: Fluffy The Magic Penguin Book 4

Lotus's Secret: Fluffy The Magic Penguin Book 4

Fluffy the magic penguin is in need once again. In this sequel, Fluffy travels further than ever before. This time it is a baby unicorn named Lotus who is struggling. She has no-one to help her. Will Fluffy be able to give her the help she needs? 
The Secret Passageway

The Secret Passageway

Co-written with step-son, Zack Corbin aged 5; this book is a tale of magic and adventure. Three children find themselves in a strange world and quickly discover fate has led them and they must fight.