Phil Kettle

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I’m Phil Kettle and I’m an author. I spend a lot of my time writing books for children and visiting schools to talk about reading and writing. The first series of books I wrote was the TOOCOOL series. There were 8 books in Series 1, another 8 books in Series 2, and then another 8 books in Series 3. I got sick of the number ‘eight’ so I wrote 10 books for Series 4. That makes 34 TOOCOOL books! I hope you’ve read them all.

Every time I finished a TOOCOOL story with SPIKE, WONG and MARCY, there was this voice that seemed to follow me around.

“Hello … Mr Kettle. Are you there? Are you listening to me? Hello … Is there anyone there?… Come on Mr Kettle – it’s MY turn for a book series – me MARCY! … Hello …” MARCY now has her own series of 10 books – and there are more on the way. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the MARCY books. I hear from lots of boys and girls who have read these books and it seems like they all know that MARCY is in charge, and that TOOCOOL is a legend in his own lunchtime!

There are also 36 BOYZ RULE books and 24 GIRLZ ROCK books, 8 BILLY KOOL books and the TOOCOOL and MARCY Jarvis Walker Kids Fishing books.

I have written 20 GET REAL books recently, and I’m sure you’ll laugh until your tummy hurts reading about Harry and Jesse and their wonderful time machine. Get laughing with GET REAL!

I have also had a great time writing the OUR AUSTRALIA series for Australian Geographic. You’ll love the beautiful photographs and the great illustrations. We launched 8 books in 2010, and there will be more books in 2011 and 2012. Each book is a journey of discovery as Taha and his mum explore special places around Australia. The books provide you with an opportunity to feel like you too are visiting these special places and getting to know OUR AUSTRALIA better.

AS FOR ME – I was born in Mildura, which is in northern Victoria. I grew up on a farm a few kilometers away from Mildura, in a small town called Cardross. This town was so tiny there was only one shop, one garage, one school and a town hall. Our post office address was PO Box 1 and our telephone number was 12.

Phil's Books

I Can Be Series 

by Phil Kettle. Illustrated by David Dunstan.

The I Can Be Series is made up of 8 books.

Read about how any kid who wants to, can become a sporting star or whatever they want to become.

Ellyse Perry, Belinda Clark, Meg Lanning, Holly Ferling, Greg Chappell, Ian Healy, Fawad Ahmed, Mitch Marsh – ordinary Aussie Kids that became Superstars!

Our Australia Series
by Phil Kettle

I’m very proud of the “OUR AUSTRALIA” series

I’ve written this series in a way that l think will make learning about Australia a fun thing to do.

Readers are able to follow Taha as he travels the length and breadth of Australia.

I loved researching and writing this book series and feel sure that students will enjoy reading them.


Visit Phil's Website for more of his titles.

Phil's Workshops

Schools can if they choose to have workshops with a focus on persuasive and narrative writing.

Sessions are particularly suited to primary students where Phil will get students excited about reading and writing. He will introduce them to the processes involved in writing a story and students will soon discover that creative and fictional writing can be fun and that anyone can can be a writer.

Don't miss this rare chance to have Phil conduct workshops at your school.

Sessions include:

  • planning a story
  • character development
  • powerful introductions, and
  • imagination brainstorming.

Sessions can be customised to suit the current curriculum needs of your students.

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