Thomas Taylor (artist)

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Thomas Taylor
Born Thomas Henry Taylor
(1973-05-22) 22 May 1973 (age 44)
Occupation Illustrator, writer
Nationality British
Genre Children's books (as illustrator)

Thomas Henry Taylor (born 22 May 1973)[1] is a British children's writer and illustrator. He studied at Anglia Ruskin University. He painted the cover art for the first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.[2] Due to the number of questions regarding the identity of the wizard illustrated on the back cover of the first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and thanks to the contribution of an Argentine named Alfonso Ferrer in Taylor's blog, in February 2016, he decided to name him Robertus Tallis.[3]

He has written and illustrated several picture books, starting with George and Sophie's Museum Adventure in 1999, and has two children's novels, Haunters and Dan of the Dead, due to be published in 2012.[4][needs update]

Picture books[edit]

  • George and Sophie's Museum Adventure (1999)
  • The Chocolate Biscuit Tree (2001)
  • The Loudest Roar (2002)
  • The Biggest Splash (2005)
  • The Noisiest Night (2007)
  • Jack's Tractor (2009)
  • Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake (2010)
  • The Pets You Get (2012)
  • Too Many Tickles (2013)


  • Haunters (2012)
  • Dan and the Dead (2012)
  • Dan and the Caverns of Bone (2013)


  1. ^ a b The U.S. Library of Congress cites 2001 and 2002 communications with a publisher for Taylor's full name, birth date, and birthplace England. "Taylor, Thomas, 1973–". Library of Congress Authorities ( Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  2. ^ Thorpe, Vanessa (20 January 2002). "Harry Potter beats Austen in sale rooms". The Observer. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Taylor, Thomas. "Harry Potter and the Mysterious Wizard". Thomas Taylor. 
  4. ^ Thomas Taylor at Fantastic Fiction

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