• Billy & The Giant Adventure
Billy & The Giant Adventure illustrated by Monica Armino

Billy & The Giant Adventure

Welcome to Waterfall Woods! This is the magical world Jamie has created for his first children’s book Billy & The Giant Adventure (for 7-11 year olds). Friends Billy, Anna, Jimmy and Andy are out exploring when they stumble across a gate into another world… and so begins an adventure they’ll never forget.

Welcome to Waterfall Woods! This is the magical world Jamie has created for his first children’s book Billy & The Giant Adventure (for 7-11 year olds). Friends Billy, Anna, Jimmy and Andy are out exploring when they stumble across a gate into another world… and so begins an adventure they’ll never forget.

Something for the kids this summer

Looking for something to keep the children busy during the holidays? Billy & The Giant Adventure will give them all the action they need! Long journey ahead? Then the audiobook will keep them company. Watch the video to find out Jamie’s inspiration behind the book

Meet the gang

Billy from Billy & The Giant Adventure


…is a brave, gadget-obsessed 10-year-old boy, whose big heart and thirst for excitement see him go on all sorts of adventures.

Anna from Billy & The Giant Adventure


…is a smart, fiercely independent girl who isn’t afraid to get stuck into any adventure that comes her way.

Jimmy from Billy & The Giant Adventure


…is Billy’s nature-obsessed, kind-hearted best friend. He’s always there for his friends, and will do anything for them.

Andy from Billy & The Giant Adventure


…is not to be underestimated! He’s smarter and braver than you think, and just when you reckon he isn’t paying attention, he’ll come out with the shiniest pearl of wisdom.

Read & listen to Billy & The Giant Adventure!

Not only can you enjoy the beautifully illustrated book – big thanks to Spanish illustrator Mónica Armiño – but you can also enjoy the audiobook, starring the voices of some of Jamie’s real-life best friends.

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Eat the book!

The book also features some delicious recipes, so here are a couple to enjoy.

Find out more about our nutritional guidelines for children.

Perfect porridge

Grandad’s porridge is second to none and is one of Billy’s favourite breakfasts.

Tropical fruit plate

Billy’s mum makes the most beautiful platter of fruit, finished with a mint sugar.

And there's more...

Little Bird clothing by Jools Oliver

Little Bird by Jools Oliver

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Billy & The Giant Adventure illustration by Mónica Armiño

Mónica Armiño

is our wonderful illustrator, who has brought Jamie’s words to life. Find out more about her work.

Billy & The Giant Adventure FAQs

What age is Billy & The Giant Adventure for?

Jamie has written this book for children aged 7-11. Although adults will also enjoy reading this too. (There are some fun 1980s references in there!)

How long did it take Jamie to write it?

From Petal and Buddy’s bedtime stories to fully-fledged children’s book, it took Jamie four years.

Where did the inspiration come from?

When they were younger, Jamie’s children Petal and Buddy would ask him to tell them a bedtime story from his head. To make sure he knew where he left off the night before (children have excellent memories – adults, not so much!), he would record the stories on a dictaphone – and before he knew it, he’d come up with the storyline for Billy & The Giant Adventure.

Did Jamie create the book for those with dyslexia in mind?

Very much so. Being dyslexic himself, Jamie knows how difficult it can be to read books, so he, alongside his publisher, carefully chose the font to make sure the text was as clear as possible, and that the illustrations were beautiful and eye-catching to keep children’s attention. Then, to help those who love stories but find reading difficult, he worked hard to create an incredible audiobook that’s as fun, silly and engaging as possible. It really is a rip-roaring listen!

How did his dyslexia affect the creative writing process?

Jamie finds the physical act of putting pen to paper tricky, so he approached the book in a slightly different way – recording his stories on a dictaphone and working with editors to write them up. He was engaged in every step of the process, and even though it has been challenging because of his dyslexia, it’s also encouraged Jamie to find ways around barriers and think really creatively. 

Why the audiobook?

It was really important to Jamie to make this book as accessible to everyone as possible, and that meant making it available to children who, like him, find reading hard. He has put everything into making the audiobook as engaging and fun and full of bells and whistles as possible. And it’s turned out to be the most entertaining and engaging listening experience!

Did Jamie really read the whole book for the audiobook?

Yes he did! Not gonna lie, it was a challenge for him, but he was up for it and completed it in three days.

Who provides the voices for the audiobook?

The audiobook is very much a family affair! Jools (Mama Boona), Buddy (Jesse) and River (Autumn) all make an appearance, as well as Jamie’s best mates Dexter Fletcher (Grandad) and Jason Flemyng (Bilfred). Then he had amazing actors Kadeem Ramsay (Jimmy) and Amy Wren (Chief Mirren), and musicians Tamzene Allison-Power (Anna) and Benny Mails (Andy) play their parts too.

Is there music in the audiobook?

Yes! Jamie wrote and sang on the Grow song, which Bilfred sings (yes, Jason Flemyng actually singing), which he created with his music producer friend Tobie Tripp.

Why did Jamie want to write a book for children?

When Jamie realised he’d come up with a storyline that was fun and full of adventure, and also highlighted some important life lessons and themes (living in harmony with nature; realising we all have our part to play; the importance of finding your own way in life; celebrating our uniqueness), he wanted to bring that to everyone.

What does Jamie hope children will take away from the book?

That you’re perfect just the way you are! That we each have a responsibility to look after the world – and that you’re never too young to play your part.

I want to make the recipes from the book! Where can I find them?

We’ve pulled them together here, as well as some super-fun videos for you to follow.

How did you find the illustrator Monica Armino?

Jamie worked with his brilliant Puffin team, who found Monica. For Jamie, her illustrations just jumped off the page, so it was one of the easiest decisions of the book-making process to get her on board. And, we think you’ll agree, her illustrations really help to bring the story to life. We’re in awe of Monica!

Where can I buy the book in the UK?

You can buy it from all the usual book retailers and outlets.

Where can I buy the book outside of the UK?

Billy & The Giant Adventure is being translated into lots of different languages and will be available in many different countries. Here are the current release dates:

Australia & New Zealand: Out now!

Germany: Out now!

India: Out now!

South Africa: June 2023

Netherlands: 24 August 2023

Croatia: 23 Nov 2023

Estonia: 1 December 2023

Poland: December 2023

America & Canada: 9 January 2024

Lithuania: 24 April 2024

Our export English Language edition is now available globally.

How do I get my hands on the audiobook?

You can access the audiobook from your usual audio retailer.