John L. D. Barnett




John served with the 24th Royal Artillery Missile Regiment in Germany, and then transferred to the Royal Military Police, serving in Germany, the Middle East and Hong Kong. Later he worked as Chief Security Officer for the King of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. Arriving back in England in the early 70s, John worked on Deep Sea Trawlers sailing out of the Grimsby Fish Docks and for 28 years was an HGV Class 1 Petroleum Tanker Driver and then Driver Foreman, later becoming a property developer in the Grimsby area. He married June, a local girl, in 1977, and has been happily married for 39 years, raising two boys. Beginning to write and illustrate books in his spare time, he now has 44 written and illustrated published books and 16 illustrated published books by other well-known authors to his credit.
He is a canoe and Judo Club instructor.

His books include:
No Pain No Gain
Yorkshire Rebel (autobiography of his youth)
Red Cap Forever (his army life)
Dive Silent Dive Deep (the War years)
A Hero to Die For (a military murder story)
Poppy Finds a Home
Poppy's Adventure
Nutty Neighbours

In addition he has illustrated the following books:

 Written by Peter Bernfeld:
  Terrific Tales of Trembling Tim the Two Tone Tiger
The Legend of Tim Turpin 

Written by Molly Hill:
  If I Were a Crocodile
  If I Were a Mermaid
  If I Were a Fly
  If I Were a Dog
  If I Were a Skunk
  If I Were a Super Hero
  If I Were a Giant
  If I Were a Dinosaur
  If I Were a Butterfly
  If I Were Invisible

Written by George E. Lander:
  Bucky Berrott

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Wonderful World of Friz the Bee children's coloring page

Flying High with Friz the Bee children's coloring page
Friz the Bee's Royal Wedding children's coloring page

Glodwyn's Treasure Chest children's coloring page
Glodwyn's Treasure Chest bookmarks, set 1
Glodwyn's Treasure Chest bookmarks, set 2
Glodwyn's Treasure Chest bookmarks, set 3
Treasure Chest bookmarks

Glodwyn's Treasure Chest mini-notebook (to make from one sheet of A4 paper)

Friz the Bee mini-notebook (to make from one sheet of A4 paper)

Friz the Bee bookmarks
Poppy Finds a Home bookmarks

Poppy Finds a Home, children's coloring page

The Cloggs bookmarks

The Cloggs children's coloring page

Santa's Little Helpers children's coloring page
Santa's Little Helpers bookmarks
Bertie the Barge children's coloring page
Bertie the Barge bookmarks
The Riverside Gang children's coloring page
Consuming Tales bookmarks

Follow the story of bread, from corn to loaves, as the Cloggs use their windmill to grind the grain and bake bread from the resulting flour.  Educational story written and beautifully illustrated by John L. D. Barnett.

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A Haunting War, short story in volume 4 of the Crimson Cloak Anthologies,

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Follow Bertie the Barge and his friends as they ply their trade along the canal and river network.

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Illustrations for Peter N. Bernfeld's
The Legend of Tim Turpin
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Original cover art for Glodwyn's Treasure Chest

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Poppy is a little West Highland Terrier in search of a home.  Escaping from her cage, she sets off to find the rest of her family.  With a little help along the way from woodland creatures, alley cats and a bloodhound sleuth, the runaway Westie locates the people who bought her mother and siblings.  Arriving just in time to save her brother's life, Poppy is happily adopted by her new family and all is well.  Written and amusingly illustrated by John L. D. Barnett, Poppy is a story inspired by his own beloved dogs and will be warmly received by children everywhere.

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Illustrations for volume 5 of the Crimson Cloak Anthologies
Santa's Little Helpers

This book is available in two print versions: a luxury full color edition, as well as one more reasonably priced  in black and white.

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Friz the Bee's Royal Wedding

The Queen Bee honours Friz the Bee by making him a Knight of the Realm, which allows him to marry his sweetheart the Princess Bee-Atrice. Soon the whole Bee family and the palace are all a-buzz with preparations for the Royal Wedding day.

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Friz the Bee's Royal Honeymoon
Newly married, Sir Friz Bee and his royal bride Princess Bee-Atrice are invited by King Bongo III and Queen Fatty B of Beeswanna in Southern Africa to spend their royal honeymoon in the king's safari lodge in the Limpopo Valley.

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Friz the Bee's Royal Twins

Sir Friz Bee and his bride the lovely Princess Bee-Atrice return from their honeymoon in Africa and are soon busy with their royal duties. When the royal twins are born, their happiness is complete. Baxter Bee proposes to Sir Friz' sister, and the series ends with a wedding.


Meet Freda the Field Mouse, Willy the Weasel, Reggie Rat, Mike the Mink, Molly the Mole, Frankie the Frog and Bagshot Beaver.  A mixed bag of refugees and accidental immigrants to the riverbank, they each have a story to tell.  They are always ready with a helping hand for one another - and they know how to party!  Meet the Riverside Gang, and you'll see the countryside wildlife in a new light ... A lovely story, illustrated by the author in his own unique and amusing style to delight children everywhere. 

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Color your way around the world with Tim the tiger. The location of different countries is explained as John L. D. Barnett's whimsical character dons clothing appropriate to each country he visits and discovers a few random facts about each place.
A young child's introduction to geography, intended to whet their appetite for further investigation. A child will enjoy coloring the pictures of Tim and the national flag of each place he visits. The outline of each country is shown alongside a locator map indicating its position in the world, with a few random facts to add interest.   Also available in a pdf file for you to print out and color in.  Watch for more titles in this range.

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The author's amusing illustrations accompany educational descriptions of the appearance and lifestyle of various creatures to be found on seashores. Any child's favourite companion for a beach trip, this book is packed with fascinating facts about the things they might find there.

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