Billy Plonka And The Grot Laboratory by Ian Billings (Author), Mike Bryson (Illustrator) on tour August 2021

Billy Plonka – the Prince of Stink, the Monarch of Muck, the Sultan of Slime, the Duke of Dregs and the King of Kak. He’s the most extraordinary maker of GROT in the entire world, and he’s invited 5 individuals (Orson Ploop – An overweight kazoo playing protégé; Victoria Scabb – 259th in line to the English throne; Viola Mudguard – 11-year-old, ex-Wollywood star; Spike Peecee – A self-obsessed dweeb who can never disconnect from the Internet; and Marley Suckett – An anti-hero), to visit his world-famous Grot Laboratory, and step into an adventure they will never forget!

Your tour is about to start. Don’t wander off . YOU! Yes, YOU! I’m talking to YOU! Mr. Plonka would hate to lose you along the way… READ IT!!! 
BILLY PLONKA AND THE GROT LABORATORY- the 100% unofficial official parody of one of the greatest children’s stories of all time.

This modern re-telling of the Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ stays true to the wonderful wit of Dahl, but brings the tale into the modern age with a lovely twist at the end. Each character meets their grotty fate as they go on their tour of The Grot Laboratory – as the name suggests, a disgusting place full of scumpiddlinoxious fumes and materials. Words reminiscent of Dahl fill the pages – Whi-ffi (it’s like wifi only smellier), whazzplop and picklescooper to name but a few.

Author Bio

Ian Billings (Author)

Ian Billings was born at a very young age. He has done many things in his time and some of them he’d like to tell you about. He is an ex-juggler, a pantomime writer (fifty productions!), an actor, TV extra, a theatre technician, a university lecturer, a model and a general dabbler in many areas.

He has written episodes of BBC TV’s Chuckle-Vision and his stage plays and pantomimes have been performed in Wolverhampton, Northampton, Hastings, Nottingham, Weston-Super-Mare and on a ferry to Spain. He has a Masters Degree from Birmingham University and two goldfish from Petworld. He is five feet and seven inches in length and avoids cheese.

Ian began performing stand-up comedy for kids at Edinburgh Festival Fringe (whilst also presenting his own radio show for Festival FM!) and now he tours theatres and schools throughout the UK, Cyprus, Germany, Australia, Uganda, Kenya, Russia, Switzerland, UAE, Oman, Vietnam and Thailand. He was described by one young audience member as “the most imaginative adult I’ve ever met!”

Caboodle Books reprinted SAM HAWKINS AND THE POINTY HEAD LIGHT HOUSE followed by sci-fi poetry collection, SPACE ROCKS!

Ian has edited an anthology of children’s poems for Save the Children called “Born to Giggle!” and his latest book is “BILLY PLONKA AND THE GROT LABORATORY.”

2020 saw re-issues of his classic children’s comedies “Sam Hawkins and the Cutglass Cutlass” and “Chocolate Meltdown” from Tiddley Pom Books together with new versions of “The King’s New Space Suit”, “I’ve Got Your Nose” and two brand new books, “There’s a Vampire in My Bedroom” and “Boooo!!!”

Visit him at http://www.ianbillings.com and follow him on Twitter @mrianbillings

Purchase Link

Tour Schedule

Monday 23rd August: 

@Momma4Reading 

@bookshappythoughts 

@blossoms_bookshelf

Tuesday 24th August: 

@enjoyingbooksagain

@ceri.welshmumof3.reads

@buntthebookworm

@karteabooks

Wednesday 25th August: 

@readingmissb

@dreaming_of_selfcare

@sophs_reads_x

@c.isfor.claire_reads

Thursday 26th August: 

@spoonfulofhygge

@checklitoutem1

@RosieCawkwell

Friday 27th August: 

@phoebesrandoms

@C_lost.in.bookx

@read_with_cc

Monday 30th August:

@lisasreading2020

@a_readers_alley

@njmerchanto

Tuesday 31st August: 

@c.c.c.villacorta

@kreadsxo

@lexslibrary

Wednesday 1st September: 

@minireviewers 

@snowphiethebookworm 

@jackiesreadingcorner

Thursday 2nd September: 

@curlygrannylovestoread

@vicarioush.ome

@gee.booksandlife

Friday 3rd September: 

@twilight_reader

@pages_ive_read

@nadiasworldofbooks

Monday 6th September: 

@karenandherbooks 

@netsreadsbooks 

@Lou_Bookmarks

Tuesday 7th September:

@bianca_reads_books

@gin_books_crochethooks

@jades_life_journey

Wednesday 8th September:

@mrsj.r 

@morningcoffee.books

@mummy_life_and_books

Thursday 9th September:

@claire_thomas_book_worm

@she_loves_to_read 

@leighs_little_library

@Amy_justonemorechapter

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