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Issue 272 Book Club

March 17, 2017



Dark Lord: The Teenage Years

By Jamie Thompson

Hachette Children’s Group

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Follow a colossal final battle between the forces of good and evil, the Dark Lord was defeated and hurled into the pit of despair… which is a supermarket car park somewhere in suburban England. And not only that, he has been trapped in the body of a teenage boy named ‘Dirk Lloyd’. And so begins Dirk’s battle to recover his dignity, his power and his lands.

Dirk makes friends with the son of his foster family, Christopher, and the local goth girl, Sooz, and together they attempt to cast a spell that will transport Dirk back to his homeland. Inevitably, not everything goes to plan…

This is the first book of an amazing series! So if you enjoy this book, don’t worry, there is plenty to read about Dirk and his minions!



Jamie Thomson is a British writer, editor and game developer and winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012.

Amazing Hilda and the Stone Forest Competition

March 15, 2017

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We love comics at Phoenix HQ and one comic we really love is the Hildafolk series by Luke Pearson.

So, we have an amazing competition for you.

All you have to do is: 

  1. Imagine a new Hilda book and draw a cover for it!
  2. Send you cover to us at the following address: Hilda, The Phoenix comic, 29 Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2NP


One lucky winner will get all five Hilda books, a Hilda figure and a Hilda tote bag with stickers and badges!

Four runners up will get a copy of Hilda and the Stone Forest and a Hilda tote bag with stickers and badges.

All five winning covers will appear in a special Hilda edition of The Phoenix fanfare.


Entires must be received before 31st March 2017, for full terms and conditions, visit www.thephoenixcomic.co.uk/hilda

Issue 271 Book Club

March 10, 2017



Hamish and the Gravity Burp

by Danny Wallace

Illustrated by Jamie Littler

Published by Simon & Schuster


This may look like a completely and utterly ordinary book. But it is not. This book knows something terrifying: that the people of Earth are facing their gravest, grimmest threat yet!

When Hamish arrives home to find his mum and his brother lying flat on their backs ON THE CEILING, he knows there is something seriously wrong (again) in the town of Starkley. What is the strange burping noise he keeps hearing? Why are weird seeds suddenly falling from the sky? And should he be worried about the odd woman with a cone around her neck?


Issue 270 Book Club: Fiction 8+

March 3, 2017



Who Let The Gods Out

by Maz Evans

Published by Chicken House


Elliot’s mum is ill and his home is under threat, but a shooting star crashes to Earth and changes his life forever. The star is Virgo – a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. But the pair accidentally release Thanatos, a wicked death daemon imprisoned beneath Stonehenge, and must then turn to the old Olympian gods for help. After centuries of cushy retirement on Earth, are Zeus and his crew up to the task of saving the world – and solving Elliot’s problems too?

Maz Evans is an author, which means she writes her own stories. But she also founded Story Stew, which is a program designed to help you write your own stories.


Issue 269 Book Club: Fiction 8+

February 24, 2017



King Flashypants and the Creature from Crong

by Andy Riley

Published by Hodder Children’s Books



When rumours of a huge and terrifying monster called the Gizimoth reach Edwinland, King Edwin Flashypants decides that, to be a proper king, he needs to go and fight it.

Meanwhile, Emperor Nurbison has had a similar idea, but he has a much sneakier plan for what he can do with the Gizimoth. And it involves squishing Edwinland.

The second book in the insanely funny series, it’s a laugh-a-minute book which will have the reader in fits of laughter!



Andy Riley isn’t just an author, cartoonist and artist. He’s a hugely successful (and award-winning) screenwriter for cinema and TV too!



Issue 268 Book Club: Fiction 9+

February 17, 2017


The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart

by Stephanie Burgis

Published by Bloomsbury




Aventurine is the fiercest, bravest dragon there is. And she’s ready to prove it to her family by leaving the safety of their mountain cave and capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human. But when the human she finds tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, Aventurine is transformed into a puny human girl with tiny blunt teeth, no fire, and not one single claw.

But she’s still the fiercest creature in the mountains – and now she’s found her true passion: chocolate! All she has to do is get herself an apprenticeship (whatever that is) in a chocolate house (which sounds delicious), and she’ll be conquering new territory in no time… won’t she?

This is a heart-warming story of friendship (and chocolate) and what it means to be human (and sometimes a dragon as well)


Stephanie Burgis grew up in America but now lives in Wales with her husband and two sons. She is the author of several other novels for both adults and kids, plus over 30 short stories. 


Doug Slugman, P.I Downloadable Quiz

January 19, 2017

How did you become a slug detective?

It’s time to find out! Download this quiz and realise what it was that made you become a slug P.I!


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Click here to download


5th Birthday Downloadable Poster!

January 6, 2017

Happy 5th Birthday, Phoenixers!

To celebrate, here’s a special Phoenix cover with all of our comic creators’ signatures on. Why not try and squeeze your own in there too! We couldn’t have reached our 5th Birthday if it wasn’t for you!


Phoenix Book Club: September!

September 15, 2016

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It’s time for The Phoenix Book Club!

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Hey there, Phoenixers!

If it’s your first time hearing about The Phoenix Book Club, then let us get you caught up. We love reading, you love reading and we want children to love reading. So we started The Phoenix Book Club in Issue 220, a monthly spread talking about four fantastic books, hand picked by the team, that have just come out for 6-12 year olds.

See below to check out our reviews!

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Great Fire of London: 350th Anniversary

September 2, 2016


The Great Fire of London was a huge firestorm that swept through London from Sunday 2nd September to Wednesday 5th September 1666. It was so big that it consumed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St Paul’s Cathedral, and most of the buildings of the City authorities. It’s estimated to have destroyed the homes of 70,000 of the city’s 80,000 inhabitants!

This weekend is the 350th anniversary and London will be hosting several events:

So if you’re in London this weekend, 

check out what’s going on and have fun with the family!