Cressida Cowell is the author and the illustrator of the bestselling How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once book series, and the author of the Emily Brown picture books, illustrated by Neal Layton. How to Train Your Dragon has sold over 8 million books worldwide in 38 languages. It is also an award-winning DreamWorks film series, and a TV series shown on Netflix and CBBC. The first book in Cressida's new series, The Wizards of Once (also signed by DreamWorks), is a number one bestseller. 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 2017 Ruth Rendell Award for Championing Literacy, the Hay Festival Medal for Fiction, and Philosophy Now magazine's 2015 Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity. She grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland and she now lives in Hammersmith with her husband, three children and a dog called Pigeon.
For readers who want another story with both words and pictures, Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon and its many sequels about the zany and rollicking adventure of young Hiccup and his friends and their attempts to train their pet dragons is perfect. - theguardian.com With book sales of over seven million, Cressida Cowell knows full well every good story needs a hero - BBC 1 The phenomenally popular Cressida Cowell exhibition (Northumbria University Seven Stories initiative) - chroniclelive.co.uk If you haven't discovered Hiccup yet, you're missing out on one of the greatest inventions of modern children's literature You can't help but be inspired by Cressida - lep.co.uk Award winning British children's author Cressida Cowell has enjoyed more than a decade of success with a series of books about young Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless - The Mail on Sunday Cowell is a master of storytelling. The Tata tent, the Hay Festival's biggest venue, was packed...On a profound level, this series celebrates divergence and being true to oneself, teaching children that they don't have to be carbon copies of their parents - Hay Festival of the Arts