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Thomas Taylor

  • 5 stars across 25 books
Born in Norfolk but raised in Wales, Thomas doodled his way through childhood until they let him into Norwich School of Art and Design. He then studied illustration at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. His first commissioned work was the cover illustration for a then unknown book called Harry potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling. Since then Thomas has written and Illustrated many children's picture books, and even written a few for others to illustrate. He lives in Normandy, France, where he shamelessly steals story ideas from his two little boys, Max and Benjy. John was born and brought up in northeast of England, though he's lived in London for the past twenty years. He has been a designer, visualiser and art director but now focuses on creating children's books.  His first two picture books were shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, and he's also been shortlisted for the BBC Books-to-read-out-loud Awards.


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2nd May 2019


Nobody visits Eerie-on-Sea in the winter. Especially not when darkness falls and the wind howls around Maw Rocks and the... MoreMalamander

(125 reviews) Review
7th May 2020


There's a storm raging in Eerie-on-Sea. Has the mighty Gargantis come back from the deep...?When an ancient bottle is fo... MoreGargantis

(58 reviews) Review
2nd September 2021


A creepy magician with a shadowy act. A legend that goes back to the dawn of time. Eerie-on-Sea just got stranger. And d... MoreShadowghast

(55 reviews) Review
1st September 2022


When Herbie and Violet's arch-enemy Sebastian Eels turns up in Eerie-on-Sea, seemingly back from the dead, it can only s... MoreFestergrimm

(26 reviews) Review
7th September 2023


Herbie and Violet's fifth gripping adventure brings the internationally bestselling Eerie-on-Sea series to a heart-stopp... MoreMermedusa

(15 reviews) Review
5th September 2013

The Pets You Get!

A small boy imagines all the wild pets he could get, from an enormous bear to a fiery dragon! He decides they'd be so mu... MoreThe Pets You Get!

(4 reviews) Review
30th January 2014

Too Many Tickles!

There are tickles everywhere in this house. From Mum's swirly-whirly tummy button tickles to Dad's great big side-grab... MoreToo Many Tickles!

(2 reviews) Review
23rd February 2012

Pookey The Mousepig

Mia loves to draw and has a vivid imagination. Her imagination takes her everywhere. She draws Pookey on a piece of pape... MorePookey The Mousepig

(1 review) Review
5th July 2007

The Noisiest Night

The sun is setting, it's time for bed...but Clovis isn't at all sleepy! He has decided to be a night-tiger. He just need... MoreThe Noisiest Night

(1 review) Review
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