Troubador The Curious Tales of Alfred the Great Thinker

Released: 28/04/2021

ISBN: 9781800461604

eISBN: 9781800468337

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Curious Tales of Alfred the Great Thinker

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Alfred, 10, is a great thinker. Or at least he thinks he’s a great thinker. 

He knows that life is full of puzzles and mysteries so he has a lot of questions to answer. With a bit of help from Rose (best friend) and Charlie (little brother), he does his best to make some sense of the world. But he will also need your assistance in dealing with certain problems. 

So make sure you’ve got your thinking cap on. Alfred could be the greatest thinker on earth. Or he could still have a lot to learn...

Perfect for ages 7 - 10 years old, this humorous and heart-warming book follows Alfred as he solves his way through five different questions in his own quirky style!

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I loved reading Alfred the Great Thinker but I am sad now because I finished it last night. It was very good so I'm giving it 10 out of 10. Also I learnt what the word apparently means.

by Tom (age 8)


Around the age of 10, children are about to go through many changes in almost every aspect of life. Alfred is getting closer and closer to the teenage years. Through the experiences he tells within the novel we notice that he matures not only physically but also emotionally, and he begins to live more and more intensely the feeling of his own personality and of the role he has in the world.
At the age of 10 we can expect our children to have more control over their own emotions and we can also notice how they become much more adept at resolving conflicts and negotiating various situations with their friends. But at the same time, we will be amazed at how volatile their emotions become. Alfred can make very fast a new best friend – a girl – in the same time he appreciates and loves how his mom is showing her love for him and his brother through a silly song.
This is primarily due to hormonal changes that are specific to the onset of puberty. Changes of state can instantly change the happiest child in the world into a very apathetic or dreamy one.
As a 10-year-old child, Alfred is also a child but who begins to face more and more often difficult situations reserved for adults: more effort to learn, many responsibilities related to school and homework, socializing with friends and the need for acceptance , frequent and misunderstood emotional changes, the expectations of others who sometimes consider a child and sometimes an adult, etc.
A very nice and lovely book.

by NetGalley review


This is such a good story! Alfred was a very relatable character and so fun to read about! It was a captivating story from start to finish and made you feel glued to the pages. This is a must read!

by NetGalley review


A lovely engaging book with convincing characters and a chatty style. A great way to help children to practice decision making or just wonder about 'what if'...

by HJ


I loved this book. From the illustrations, the story and I especially loved the thinking boxes. Alfred was a great, likable main character. This would even be a good book for kids who are struggling to enjoy reading.

by NetGalley review


What a fun book for children. My daughter really enjoyed this one with me.

It really gives you food for thought and it's not your average book. It was funny and silly sometimes, but knowledgeable.

by NetGalley review


I have just read this with my two boys who absolutely loved it! The discussions the 'think boxes' are sparking are a real joy. We laughed about homophones and a recent 'Go Ape' adventure which was terrifying. I found myself telling the boys about a time I fell off a horse and got back on again under strict instruction. My two read every day because they know they have to, not because they want to. So a book we can enjoy together is a blessing.

by Pippa Taylor


Oliver Fordham

Oliver Fordham was a primary school teacher for twenty-five years, with the final six spent as a headteacher. In 2013, he went into semi-retirement. He has published various resources using his pen name, Conway Coulter. These have included: a songbook and CD, Songs for School Citizens; a musical play, Dick Whittington and the Banking Crisis; and his very popular spelling scheme, Fred the Flea. Since leaving the world of education, he has tried his hand as a tree surgeon, a furniture restorer, a driving instructor and, most recently, as a cake fulfilment operative. The Curious Tales of Alfred the Great Thinker is his debut in children's fiction. He lives in Ashby de la Zouch.

Russ Daff

Since graduating from Falmouth School of Art in 1993, Russ Daff has enjoyed a varied career. For eight years he worked on numerous projects in the computer games industry, producing titles for Sony PlayStation and PC formats. Designing a wide range of characters and environments, he developed a strong sense of visual impact. From 2004, he has concentrated on his illustration and cartooning. His artwork has been used for books, magazines, posters, e-cards and exhibition stands. He is also the creator of the popular Mini Myths digital comic series. He lives in Cambridge.


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