Cressida Cowell is currently the Waterstones Children's Laureate (2019 - 2021). She is the author and illustrator of the bestselling The Wizards of Once and How to Train Your Dragon books series, and the author of the Emily Brown picture books, illustrated by Neal Layton. The Wizards of Once series has been translated into 38 languages and has been signed by DreamWorks Animation. How to Train Your Dragon has sold over 8 million books worldwide in 38 languages and is a major DreamWorks Animation film franchise, as well as being made into a TV series on Netflix and CBBC. Cressida is an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency, a Trustee of World Book Day and a founder patron of the Children's Media Foundation. She has won numerous prizes, including the Gold Award in the Nestle Children's Book Prize.
The final book in the Wizards of Once series, Never and Forever, is every bit as wonderful as its predecessors. Quirky illustrations and engaging characters make this a compelling read...This is a story full of action. The mysterious narrator is revealed at the close of the tale, having guided the reader through it, offering dire warnings and words of wisdom along the way. Many touches set this apart from other series - the antics of the key, the spoon and the fork; the satirical treatment of the children's parents; the children's wonderful entourage of companions, especially the adorable Squeezjoos, who deserves a novel all of his own! Mayhem and madness brilliantly combine to create a highly engaging series, culminating in the final story, Never and Forever, a triumph of fantasy! Five stars ***** * Reading Zone * Readers will love this fourth and final book in Cowell's high-octane WIZARDS OF ONCE series. Cowell is one of our greatest living storytellers and readers will be left of the edge of their seat/beds * School Notices Magazine * Better than ever....everything you could want from our wonderful Children's Laureate * Angels & Urchins * Scotland's Children's Laureate is back with the final book in the best-selling The Wizards Of Once series. Cowell, author of How To Train Your Dragon, reunites nine to 11-year-olds with Xar and Wish who are on a quest to unite their worlds in time to save the WiIdwoods. The duo are now locked in a rollercoaster adventure in which the Kingwitch is calling them to the lake of the lost. Pure magic! * Sunday Post * The final book in this incredible series is a rollercoaster ride of adventure. Xar and Wish have found the ingredients for the Spell to get rid of Witches. But first they must negotiate tiny tunnels, defeat a hungry Tatzelwurm monster and escape with the Cup of Second Chances. With surprises and laughs galore, the Children's Laureate delivers once again. ***** Five stars -- Natasha Harding * The Sun * Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell returns with the fourth and final instalment of her marvellously magical Wizards of Once series...The pages of this funny, clever adventure story are bursting with lots of exuberant artwork. It's a brilliant conclusion to a wonderful series. * The Week Junior * Welcome to the fourth and final book in the absolutely sparkling Wizards of Once series... a wonderful series to be savoured by fans of How To Train Your Dragon. It's so well written, the characters and story come totally alive on the page - and Cressida Cowell's beautiful, expressive scratchy drawings add so much. This is mesmerising, truly captivating world-building. The final battle scenes are breathtaking, too - Cressida's imagination knows no bounds, and this is epic stuff! On top of all that, there's real wisdom here about how adults need to take responsibility to sort out the world, which is timely in this era of children protesting against climate change. A great finale to a great series. * BookTrust * Cowell's short sentences and scribbly pencil illustrations carry considerable skill and humour, advocate love, and manage to be lively and momentous. -- Nicolette Jones * The Sunday Times *