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Cressida Cowell

  • 5 stars across 78 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

    How to Train Your Dragon's Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third tells us everything you need to know about dragons...... More

    (23 reviews)
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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 anci... 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 Stanley are back in this fun-filled Christmas picture book. By the author of the bestselling How t... 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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    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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    25th February 2010

    How To Speak Dragonese: Book 3

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