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Little Badman and the Radioactive Samosa

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Written by: Humza Arshad and Henry White
Illustrated by: Aleksei Bitskoff
Publisher: Puffin Books

You’ve heard of Little Badman, right? No? Oh. Well. . . Doesn’t matter. You will do one day. He’s gonna be big.

Twelve-year-old Humza Khan, aka Little Badman is, amongst lots of other things: Eggington’s greatest rapper, a ninja, an all-round legend. That’s all according to Humza. And, to be honest, Eggington (his home town) is quite small. He has saved the word a couple of times though – from alien slugs and evil time-travelling teachers.

They are very cool adventures, and we’ll tell you about them some time, but this story will blow your mind. Humza and his two friends, Umer and Wendy, have narrowly avoided being hit by rock from outer-space. What does get hit, though, is a box of delicious samosas, which turn . . . radioactive. The three friends wake up the next day to find they have superpowers, which is pretty cool. What’s less cool is the giant hamsters roaming the town. Looks like a job for Little Badman and his crew . . .

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    About the Authors

    Humza Arshad

    What began with making funny videos in his bedroom (107 million viewers, but who’s counting?), has led Humza Arshad to become a children’s author, an ambassador for YouTube and The Prince’s Trust, and to produce his own scripted comedies for BBC Three, the mockumentary series Coconut and Jumpers for Sky Comedy. Humza is an anti-hate activist, speaking regularly at events around the world – including a recent address at the UN, alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Queen Rania of Jordan. His mum is really proud.



    Youtube: @HumzaProductions 

    Henry White

    Henry White is a comedy writer working in television and children’s fiction. He grew up in west London and began his career in online animation. Henry went on to write and direct adverts for a number of British comedy channels, before working as a sitcom writer. He has a birthmark shaped like a duck.

    Follow Henry on Twitter and Instagram: @mrhenrywhite 

    About the Illustrator

    Aleksei Bitskoff

    A compulsive doodler from an early age, Aleksei has created many children’s fiction covers and hilarious interior black and white illustrations for publishers in the UK and USA including new look treatments for the best-selling Louis Sachar Wayside School series. He illustrates the best-selling Little Badman series by Humza Arshad and Henry White and has created concept designs for an interactive play space at Discover Children’s Story Centre in London.

    Alekesi lives in Surrey with his wife and two children.

    Find more of Alexei’s work here:

    Take a look at Aleksei’s time-lapse videos and find out where he gets his ideas from.

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