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Cressida Cowell

  • 5 stars across 86 books
    Cressida Cowell Biography
    Cressida Cowell is a British author, best known for her How To Train Your Dragon book series which was also made into animated film by DreamWorks in 2010. The books have been published in over 30 languages and are a huge hit with young readers worldwide. 

    Cressida also writes the Emily Brown series working with award-winning illustrator Neal Layton. The first story in the series, The Rabbit That Belongs to Emily Brown, won the Nestle Gold Award in 2006. 

    Cressida Cowell was born on 15th April 1966 in London. She divided her childhood between London and uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland where her family built a small stone house on the island. There was no phone or television so Cressida spent a lot of time drawing and writing stories. She studied English at Keble College, Oxford before learning about illustration at Brighton University.

    Cressida now lives in London with her husband and three children.

    Cressida Cowell Facts
    Cressida’s best friend at school was Lauren Child, who wrote the Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean books.

    Cressida has been writing stories since she was nine years old and has now had 18 books published, including 10 picture books.

    Our favourite Cressida Cowell Book Characters
    Hiccup Horrendous Haddock - from How To Train Your Dragon
    Emily - from the Emily Brown series
    Xar and Wish - from The Wizards of Once

    Our favourite Cressida Cowell Book Quotes
    The twelve boys stood before their teacher in a shivering line. ‘Now boys!’ boomed Gobber. ‘A Proper Viking Swimming Race is not like those pathetic little competitions they carry out on the mainland. It is a test of your ENDURANCE, your STRENGTH and your SUICIDAL BRAVERY..." (How To Ride a Dragons Storm)

    "There was absolute silence immediately. It’s a curious fact, but a heavily armed, mad, six-and-a-half- foot teacher holding a whip tends to get his class’s attention." (How To Cheat A Dragons Curse)
    25th February 2010

    How to Train Your Dragon: Book 1

    Read the HILARIOUS books that inspired the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON films! Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Thi... More

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    6th October 2016

    How to Train Your Dragon: Incomplete Book of Dragons

    With fold out poster and exclusive collector cards! Long ago, the world was full of dragons. But what happened to t... More

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    19th September 2017

    The Wizards of Once: Book 1

    From the bestselling author of How to Train Your Dragon comes an exciting high-adventure series - set in an ancient, mag... More

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    25th February 2010

    How to Train Your Dragon: How To Be A Pirate: Book 2

    Read the HILARIOUS books that inspired the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON films! Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Thi... More

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    4th October 2018

    Emily Brown and Father Christmas

    Emily Brown and her side-kick rabbit, Stanley, are back! And who's that outside the window ... it's Father Christmas! ... More

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    10th May 2016

    How to Train Your Dragon: How to Fight a Dragon's Fury: Book 12

    Read the HILARIOUS books that inspired the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON films! Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Thi... More

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    5th March 2015

    Emily Brown and the Thing

    A stunning reissue of this classic picture book. In this warm-hearted and witty take on a classic theme - being scared... More

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    5th March 2015

    That Rabbit Belongs To Emily Brown

    A stunning reissue of this classic picture book. When the Queen steals Emily Brown's favourite toy and erstwhile compa... More

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    6th October 2011

    How to Train Your Dragon: How to Steal a Dragon's Sword: Book 9

    Read the HILARIOUS books that inspired the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON films! Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Thi... More

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    25th February 2010

    How To Speak Dragonese: Book 3

    Read the HILARIOUS books that inspired the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON films! Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Thi... More

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    25th September 2012

    How to Train Your Dragon: How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel: Book 10

    Read the HILARIOUS books that inspired the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON films! Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Thi... More

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    25th February 2010

    How to Train Your Dragon: A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons: Book 6

    Read the HILARIOUS books that inspired the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON films! Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Thir... More

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    1st May 2014

    How to be a Viking

    The first HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON book ever, and the inspiration for Cressida Cowell's best-selling fiction books tha... More

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    1st July 2010

    Emily Brown and the Elephant Emergency

    Emily Brown, Stanley the bunny and Matilda the elephant are busy going on adventures, but every time they get to a parti... More

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    4th June 2015

    Cheer Up Your Teddy Emily Brown

    Emily Brown and her side-kick rabbit, Stanley, are back and this time they're on a mission to cheer up one very unhapp... More

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    10th April 2012

    Cheer Up Your Teddy Emily Brown

    With an important message that children will understand, this is storytelling at its best, from an exciting creative t... More

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    25th February 2010

    How to Train Your Dragon: How to Twist a Dragon's Tale: Book 5

    Read the HILARIOUS books that inspired the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON films! Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Thi... More

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    25th February 2010

    How to Train Your Dragon: How To Cheat A Dragon's Curse: Book 4

    Read the HILARIOUS books that inspired the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON films! Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Thi... More

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    25th February 2010

    How to Train Your Dragon: How to Ride a Dragon's Storm: Book 7

    Read the HILARIOUS books that inspired the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON films! Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Thi... More

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    5th April 2018

    The Story of Tantrum O'Furrily

    'One wild and windy night a stray cat called Tantrum O'Furrily and her three hungry kittens were dancing across the roof... More

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    15th July 2004

    How To Be A Pirate: Book 2

    What happens when someone says 'Do Not Open This Box'? Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, now in pirate training, find... More

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    1st October 2007

    That Rabbit Belongs To Emily Brown

    Winner of the 2006 Nestle Gold Award, chosen for the Richard & Judy Christmas book party, a Bookaboo Book Club book as s... More

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    20th September 2018

    The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic: Book 2

    No.1 Bestselling Series from the Blue Peter Award winning author of How To Train Your Dragon. Enter a land of wi... More

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    2nd October 2014

    How to Train Your Dragon: A Journal for Heroes

    Ink-splattered and full of quotes, Viking songs and riotous drawings from the How to Train Your Dragon books. This is a ... More

    (1 review)
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    25th February 2010

    How to Train Your Dragon: How to Break a Dragon's Heart: Book 8

    Read the HILARIOUS books that inspired the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON films! Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Thi... More

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    6th October 2011

    How to Break a Dragon's Heart: Book 8

    Listen to the books that inspired the How to Train Your Dragon films in these unabridged recordings read by David Tennan... More

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    7th March 2013

    How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel

    The story continues in the tenth volume of Hiccup's How to Train Your Dragon memoirs read by David Tennant. When we last... More

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    16th June 2016

    How to Fight a Dragon's Fury

    Dragons vs Humans: can Hiccup save the dragons? Find out in the EPIC finale to the How to Train Your Dragon series, read... More

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    17th November 2005

    How To Speak Dragonese: Book 3

    Read the original books before you see the How to Train Your Dragon film! THE STORY CONTINUES in the third volume of Hic... More

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    4th September 2008

    Emily Brown and the Thing

    In this warm-hearted and witty take on a classic theme - being scared of the dark - Emily and Stanley find a 'Thing' cry... More

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    5th June 2009

    How To Train Your Dragon: Book 1

    Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was a truly extraordinary Viking Hero. Warrior chieftain, awesome sword-fighter and amateu... More

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    1st November 2006

    How To Cheat A Dragon's Curse: Book 4

    Read the original books before you see the How to Train Your Dragon film! THE STORY CONTINUES in the fourth volume of Hi... More

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    15th January 2014

    How to be a Pirate

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    12th December 2012

    School Book Novelty

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    4th June 2015

    Emily Brown and the Elephant Emergency

    Emily Brown, Stanley the bunny and Matilda the elephant are busy going on adventures, but every time they get to a par... More

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    12th December 2012

    School Book Novelty

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    23rd February 2012

    How To Train Your Dragon: The Day of the Dreader World Book Day 2012: 50 COPY PACK

    A World Book Day 2012 exclusive short story in the How to Train Your Dragon series. The Isle of Berk is being stalked by... More

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    24th September 2013

    How to Train Your Dragon: How to Betray a Dragon's Hero: Book 11

    Read the HILARIOUS books that inspired the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON films! Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Thi... More

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    1st July 2008

    How to Twist a Dragon's Tale: Book 5

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    3rd November 2010

    How to Ride a Dragon's Storm

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    3rd November 2010

    How to Twist a Dragon's Tale

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    6th October 2011

    A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons: Book 6

    Listen to the books that inspired the How to Train Your Dragon films in this unabridged recording narrated by David Tenn... More

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    17th November 2011

    How to Break a Dragon's Heart

    (P) Hodder Children's Books 2011... More

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    17th November 2011

    A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons

    Hiccup is lost in the Library Labyrinth and the Driller-Dragons, Madguts and Murderous are on the prowl. Hiccup's birthd... More

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    6th July 2006

    How to Train Your Dragon: How To Speak Dragonese: Book 3

    Listen to the books that inspired the How to Train Your Dragon films! This book will be a hit with children and adults a... More

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    19th July 2007

    How To Cheat A Dragon's Curse: CD

    Fishlegs has been struck with deadly Vorpentitis. The only cure is rare and almost impossible to find ... a potato. But ... More

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    6th May 2010

    How to Train Your Dragon

    Hear the books that inspired the Dreamworks How to Train Your Dragon films. THE STORY BEGINS in the first volume of Hic... More

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    6th May 2010

    How to Speak Dragonese

    (P) Hodder Children's Books 2005... More

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    26th April 2015

    How to Betray a Dragon's Hero

    The books that inspired the How to Train Your Dragon films! A hit with children and adults alike. High up in the treach... More

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    7th March 2013

    How to Steal a Dragon's Sword

    The story continues in the ninth volume of Hiccup's How to Train Your Dragon memoirs read by David Tennant. Bad times h... More

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    1st April 2010

    How to Ride a Dragon's Storm: Book 7

    Listen to the books that inspired the How to Train Your Dragon films in this unabridged recording narrated by David Tenn... More

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    8th September 2015

    How to Fight a Dragon's Fury: Book 12

    Dragons vs Humans: is this the end? Find out in the twelfth book in the How to Train Your Dragon series. It is the Doom... More

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    1st July 2002

    Claydon Was A Clingy Child

    Claydon goes everywhere with his mother: sky-diving, skateboarding, skiing and more. He thinks it is safer but one day h... More

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    1st September 2008

    How to Ride a Dragon's Storm: Book 7

    THE STORY CONTINUES in the seventh volume of Hiccup's How to Train Your Dragon memoirs ... Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III... More

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    5th June 2008

    A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons: Book 6

    Read the original books before you see the How to Train Your Dragon film! THE STORY CONTINUES in the sixth v... More

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    1st March 2009

    Little Bo Peep's Troublesome Sheep

    Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep so she goes to the library to borrow a book on finding sheep. But who else is browsing... More

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    15th December 2005

    Hiccup The Viking Who Was Seasick

    So begins Cressida Cowell's hilarious picture book about a little Viking who cannot fit in. Unlike his dad, Stoick the ... More

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    1st August 2003

    Super Sue

    Pull the super tabs and lift the super flaps to see all the things that Super Sue can do! There's even a Super Certifica... More

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    22nd March 2002

    What Shall We Do Boo Baby ?

    The baby said 'Boo-hoo-hoo!'. What are Cat, Dog, Cow and Duck to do? Will the Boo-Hoo Baby ever stop crying?... More

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    1st February 2001

    What Shall We Do with the Boo-hoo Baby?

    'What shall we do with the boo-hoo baby?' ask Cat, Dog, Cow and Duck. They try feeding him, bathing him and playing with... More

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    20th October 2009

    Hiccup Original Box Set

    Catch up on the hilarious adventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III in the first three original adventures. Hiccu... More

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    7th July 2011

    Cheer Up Your Teddy Emily Brown

    With an important message that children will understand, this is storytelling at its best, from an exciting creative tea... More

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    5th September 2019

    The Wizards of Once 3: Book 3

    No.1 Bestselling Series from the Blue Peter Award winning author of How To Train Your Dragon. Enter a land of wi... More

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    19th September 2019

    The Wizards of Once 3: Book 3

    No.1 Bestselling Series from the Blue Peter Award winning author of How To Train Your Dragon. Enter a land of wi... More

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