Morris Gleitzman

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Morris Gleitzman
Morris Gleitzman at Ingleburn Library (6081386435).jpg
Born (1953-01-09) 9 January 1953 (age 70)
Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England
Alma materUniversity of Canberra
Notable worksThe Toad series, The Once series, Two Weeks with the Queen

Morris Gleitzman (born 9 January 1953) is an English-born Australian author of children's and young adult fiction.[1] He has gained recognition for sparking an interest in AIDS in his controversial novel Two Weeks with the Queen (1990).

Gleitzman has co-written many children's series with another Australian children's author, Paul Jennings. One of Gleitzman and Jennings' collaborations, the Wicked! book series, was adapted into an animated series in 2000. Gleitzman has also published three collections of his newspaper columns for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald as books for an adult readership, and he used to write for the popular Norman Gunston Show in the 1970s. His latest book in the Once series, Always, was released in 2021.[2] His is also known for his Toad series of books.[3]

In February 2018, Gleitzman was named the Australian Children's Laureate for 2018/2019.[4]

Early life[edit]

Gleitzman was born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire.[5] He moved to Australia in 1969 when he was 16.[6] He is married with children.[7] His parents live in Australia [8]



Year Title Imprint ISBN Notes
1987 The Other Facts of Life Penguin Books ISBN 014008410X First novel, adapted from screenplay.
1989 Two Weeks with the Queen Pan Books ISBN 0330271830
1990 Second childhood McPhee Gribble/Penguin ISBN 014014465X
1991 Misery Guts Pan Australia ISBN 0330272314
1992 Worry Warts Piper Australia ISBN 0330272462 Sequel to Misery Guts.
1993 Blabber Mouth ISBN 0330273531 Adapted into a play of the same name by Mary Morris in 1996.
1994 Sticky Beak ISBN 0330274066 Sequel to Blabber Mouth.
1995 Puppy Fat Piper ISBN 0330342118 Sequel to Misery Guts and Worry Warts.
1996 Belly Flop Pan Books ISBN 0330356844
1997 Water Wings Pan Macmillan Australia ISBN 0330358863 Loose sequel to Belly Flop.
1998 Bumface Puffin Books ISBN 0140387978
Wicked! ISBN 0141300396 Co-written with Paul Jennings.
1999 Gift of the Gab ISBN 0140387986 Sequel to Blabber Mouth and Sticky Beak.
2000 Toad Rage ISBN 0141306556
Self Helpless: 57 Pieces of Crucial Advice for People Who Need a Bit More Time to Get It Right Penguin ISBN 014029256X
2001 Adults Only ISBN 0141308370
Deadly Puffin Books ISBN 0143300245 Co-written with Paul Jennings.
Toad Heaven ISBN 014130880X Sequel to Toad Rage.
2002 Boy Overboard ISBN 0141308389
2003 Teacher's Pet Penguin Books ISBN 0140387994
Toad Away Puffin Books ISBN 0143300474 Sequel to Toad Rage and Toad Heaven.
2004 Worm Story Penguin Books ISBN 0143301969
Girl Underground Puffin Books ISBN 0143300466 Sequel to Boy Overboard.
2005 Once ISBN 0143301950 "...Gleitzman delivers a sharp sense of what it must have been like to be a child during the Holocaust, forced to grow up far too quickly."[9]
2006 Aristotle's Nostril Penguin Books ISBN 0143301977
Doubting Thomas Puffin Books ISBN 9780143302612
2007 Give Peas a Chance ISBN 9780141324111 Collection of short stories.

Features characters from Misery Guts, Blabber Mouth, Second Childhood, Belly Flop, Adults Only, Teacher's Pet, Worm Story and Aristotle's Nostril.

2008 Toad Surprise ISBN 9780143304166 Sequel to Toad Rage, Toad Heaven and Toad Away.
Then Penguin ISBN 9780670072781 Sequel to Once.[10]
2009 Grace Viking ISBN 0670073903
2010 Now ISBN 9780670074372 Sequel to Once and Then "Readers of the first two books will recognize a great deal, and those who have not should read them to gain a fuller picture of the years before and those in which we live."[11]
Tickled Onions and Other Funny Stories Puffin Books ISBN 9780143305606 Collection of short stories. Contains some stories from Give Peas a Chance.
2011 Too Small to Fail ISBN 9780143306429
Pizza Cake: And Other Funny Stories ISBN 9780143305989 Collection of short stories. Contains some stories from Tickled Onions.
2012 After Penguin Books ISBN 9780670075447 Sequel to Once, Then and Now.
2013 Extra Time ISBN 9780143307754
2014 Loyal Creatures ISBN 9780670077427
2015 Soon Viking ISBN 0670078875 Sequel to Once, Then, Now and After.
2016 Toad Delight Penguin Random House ISBN 0143309234 Sequel to Toad Rage, Toad Heaven, Toad Away and Toad Surprise.
Snot Chocolate ISBN 9780143309222 Collection of short stories.
2017 Maybe ISBN 9780670079377 Sequel to Once, Then, Now, After and Soon
2018 Funny Stories: and Other Funny Stories Puffin Books ISBN 0143793381 Collection of short stories. Contains all stories from Give Peas A Chance, Pizza Cake and Snot Chocolate, plus one new story.
Help Around the House ISBN 0143793233



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Morris Gleitzman, AustLit
  2. ^ "Maybe". Trove Books, National Library of Australia. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  3. ^ Morris Gleitzman, Toad series, Random House. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  4. ^ Morris, Linda (12 February 2018). "Australia's new children's laureate Morris Gleitzman hopes to inspire children in dark, uncertain world". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Author Page: Morris Gleitzman Biography". Archived from the original on 4 December 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  6. ^ "Morris Gleitzman". Talking Heads. ABC. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Morris Gleitzman - Blabber Mouth".
  8. ^ "Morris Gleitzman - Puppy Fat".
  9. ^ "Once review". Kirkus Media LLC. 15 March 2010. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Then review". Kirkus Media LLC. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Now review". Kirkus Media LLC. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  12. ^ "COOL Awards 2013 winners announced". Books+Publishing. 25 November 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  13. ^ Book of the Year – Winners 2016, Children's Book Council of Australia

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