Cowell at the New York Comic Con
15 April 1966|
London, United Kingdom
|Residence||London, United Kingdom|
|Alma mater||University of Oxford|
|Notable work||How to Train Your Dragon|
Cressida Cowell (born 15 April 1966) is an English children's author, popularly known for the novel series, How to Train Your Dragon, which has subsequently become an award-winning franchise as adapted for the screen by DreamWorks Animation. As of 2015, the series has sold more than seven million copies around the world.
In addition to her other publications, Cowell works with illustrator Neal Layton in the ongoing series of Emily Brown stories. The first in the series, That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown, won a Nestlé Children’s Book Award.
As a child, Cowell states she "grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland," and that it was during summers spent on the Inner Hebrides where she first began to develop her writing and drawing talents:
- "I spent a great deal of time as a child on a tiny, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland...By the time I was eight, my family had built a small stone house on the island, and with the boat, we could fish for enough food to feed the family for the whole summer.
"From then on, every year we spent four weeks of the summer and two weeks of the spring on the island. The house was lit by candle-light, and there was no telephone or television, so I spent a lot of time drawing and writing stories."
Cressida Cowell presently resides in London with her husband Simon, a former director and interim CEO of the International Save the Children Alliance; daughters Maisie and Clementine; and son Alexander.
List of works
How to Train Your Dragon books
- How to Train Your Dragon (2003)
- How to Be a Pirate (2004)
- How to Speak Dragonese (2005)
- How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse (2006)
- How to Train Your Viking, by Toothless the Dragon (2006)
- How to Twist a Dragon's Tale (2007)
- A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons (2008)
- How to Ride a Dragon's Storm (2008)
- How to Break a Dragon's Heart (2009)
- How to Steal a Dragon's Sword (2011)
- The Day of the Dreader (2012)
- How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel (2012)
- How to Betray a Dragon's Hero (2013)
- How to Fight a Dragon's Fury (2015)
- The Complete Book of Dragons: A Guide to Dragon Species (2014)
- A Journal for Heroes (2015)
Emily Brown books
- That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown
- Emily Brown and the Thing
- Emily Brown and the Elephant Emergency
- Cheer Up Your Teddy Bear, Emily Brown!
- Little Bo Peep’s Troublesome Sheep
- Don’t Do That Kitty Kilroy
- What Shall We Do with the Boo-Hoo Baby
- There's No Such Thing as a Ghostie!
- Daddy on the moon
- Hiccup the Seasick Viking
- The Wizards of Once
- 2006 Nestlé Children’s Book Prize, Gold Award 0–5 years category: That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell & Neal Layton (Orchard Books)
- 2018 Blue Peter Book Award, Best Story category: The Wizards of Once (Hodder Children's Books)
- "F.A.Q.s - Cressida Cowell – Quick Facts". Cressidda Cowell - Official Website. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- How to Train Your Dragon (film)#Accolades
- "Children's author Cressida Cowell scoops philosophers' award for fight against stupidity". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 June 2017
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 December 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
- "Secret Scottish isle inspired dragon tales" BBC News, 30 March 2010
- DavidHigham.Co.UK Archived 6 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine. (dead link) Archive.org link
- Official website – About me
- Chilton, Martin (8 October 2012). "How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel, by Cressida Cowell: review". Telegraph. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
- "Blue Peter Book Awards 2018". www.booktrust.org.uk. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
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