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Vivian French - Author

Vivian French is an acclaimed children's author who has written over forty picture books for Walker. Her non-fiction titles include Yucky Worms, Growing Frogs and T. Rex in the Nature Storybooks series and she has written numerous retellings of fairytales and folktales as well as the Stargirl Academy series. Vivian teaches on the illustration course at Edinburgh School of Art and is beginning a PhD on picture books at Newcastle University. Vivian lives in Edinburgh.

Vivian French - as a child

Vivian doesn't remember her schooldays with any affection at all. "I had a nightmarish imagination," she says, "and I could always see exactly how things could go wrong. I ended up scared of everything - games, teachers, lessons - and I was always sick on Sunday nights if there was school the next day. My best times were when I went to stay with my grandparents; they had a huge garden, and I lived a blissfully happy fantasy life in among the trees."

As an adult

Vivian's first job ever was at the National Book League (now BookTrust) where she was always reading children's books. She left to have her first daughter, then joined a travelling theatre company. "My whole life changed," she says. "I loved the acting, and I loved touring. I began to write plays for us to perform, but it never occurred to me to write stories.

As an artist

Vivian has written dozens of books on all subjects and for all ages, including the board book Lullaby Lion, the picture book Polly’s Pink Pyjamas, the non-fiction picture books Yukky Worms, Chocolate and Caterpillar Butterfly, (shortlisted for the 1993 Kurt Maschler award), the fabulous comic fantasy series Tales from the Five Kingdoms and six first experience books about the Buttons family (publishing in 2012). She says, "I like to move between picture books and teenage angst, between fiction and non-fiction, between retellings and new ideas. Someone wise once told me that it's all right to be a free wheeler (at the time I was earnestly searching for a defining label) and I'm happy with that.

Vivian has been writer-in-residence at libraries, schools and festivals, including the Edinburgh International Book Festival and Wordplay, Swansea. She was a regular reviewer for The Guardian for six years, and travels all around the world swapping and sharing ideas with children and adults.

Things you didn't know about Vivian French

1. When she was little she had an imaginary lion called Jesus.

2. She is absolutely no good at cooking at all; all she can make is macaroni cheese.

3. She's written three books under the name of Louis Catt - her cat's called Louis.

4. She once got muddled and told a school that she had five daughters instead of four, and had to make up a whole story about the extra daughter.

5. She hates mince pies, and beetroot with vinegar on it.

6. Her favourite journey is the number 22 bus route in Edinburgh; it trundles along beside the Water of Leith and takes her home.

7. She really likes cars, and would LOVE to have a Mark One Ford Cortina (she used to have one but it fell apart.) If anyone's got one going spare, please send it c/o Walker Books.

8. She is rather nervous of cows, especially when they stare at her.

9. Her favourite food is mango sorbet. Or raspberries. Or both together.

10. She is usually hopeful.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Vivian French

The Most Wonderful Thing in the World
Vivian French - illustrated by Angela Barrett
Venice provides the background for this delightful fairy-tale. Its king and queen realise that their daughter needs a husband to be king when she's queen. But how to choose one? Find the young man who can show you the most...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Adventures of Alfie Onion
Vivian French - illustrated by Marta Kissi
If you love fairytales – and who couldn't? – you'll love this brand new adventure written by one of our most inventive and entertaining children's authors. Magnifico Onion might be the seventh son of a seventh son but he's been...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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The Most Wonderful Thing in the World
Vivian French - illustrated by Angela Barrett
Venice provides the background for this delightful fairy-tale. Its king and queen realise that their daughter needs a husband to be king when she's queen. But how to choose one? Find the young man who can show you the most...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/06/2015
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Ellie and the Sea Monster
Vivian French - illustrated by James De La Rue
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Fun adventure from this top author of the acclaimed Tiara Club Series. Princess Ellie sets out to make a wish and change her life forever. But when she meets a snobby Sea Monster, things...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/10/2013
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Lily's Shimmering Spell
Vivian French
Where do fairy godmothers learn their magic? Everyone knows that Fairy Godmothers grant wishes but now you can find out how their modern counterparts learn how to do good in the world through their spells. Lily, Madison, Sophie, Ava, Emma ...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/07/2013
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Ava's Sparkling Spell
Vivian French
From the author of the hugely successful Tiara Club comes a new series set in girls magic school featuring popular themes of friendship and magic accompanied by fresh, lively and funny line drawings by Joanne Davies.
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Format: Paperback | Released 21/06/2013
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Madison's Starry Spell
Vivian French
From the author of the hugely successful Tiara Club comes a new series set in a magic school for girls. Featuring popular themes of friendship and magic within in a school setting accompanied by fresh, lively and funny line drawings...
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Format: Paperback | Released 21/06/2013
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Sophie's Shining Spell
Vivian French
From the author of the hugely successful Tiara Club comes a new series set in girls magic school featuring popular themes of friendship and magic accompanied by fresh, lively and funny line drawings by Joanne Davies.
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Format: Paperback | Released 21/06/2013
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Emma's Glittering Spell
Vivian French
From the author of the hugely successful Tiara Club comes a new series set in girls' magic school, featuring popular themes of friendship and magic accompanied by fresh, lively and funny line drawings by Joanne Davies.
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Format: Paperback | Released 21/06/2013
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Olivia's Twinkling Spell
Vivian French
From the author of the hugely successful Tiara Club comes a new series set in girls' magic school, featuring popular themes of friendship and magic accompanied by fresh, lively and funny line drawings by Joanne Davies.
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Format: Paperback | Released 21/06/2013
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A Rainbow Shopping Day
Vivian French - illustrated by Selina Young
Beginning readers will enjoy these two easy-to-read stories which make exciting stories out of a shopping trip with a difference and Hunter the dog's search for his lost bone. Selina Young's illustrations match the text perfectly.
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2012
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The Big Sticky Bun (Early Reader)
Vivian French - illustrated by Selina Young
Three short stories will delight early readers as they capture incidents from Jason and Daisy's childhood which will strike a familiar chord. Jason's good behaviour earns him the bun he wants while his attempts to get Daisy to grow by...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/07/2012
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A Creepy Crawly Story (Early Reader)
Vivian French - illustrated by Selina Young
Bees, butterflies, slugs and snails – the little creatures in the garden are vividly brought to life in this charming story about stories. Two badly behaved bees fail to bring back enough honey to satisfy their Queen but they bring...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2012
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The Perfect Pet Shop (Early Reader)
Vivian French - illustrated by Selina Young
A delightful animal story, perfect for early readers. There's nearly a pet shop disaster when a noisy puppy won't stay quiet at night time. How will the other animals ever get to sleep? Maybe telling stories will do the trick?...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2012
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Down in the Jungle (Early Reader)
Vivian French - illustrated by Selina Young
Down in the Jungle it's time for bed, but Monkey wants a story and he sets off to find one in this charming, funny story, perfect for early readers and for reading aloud and sharing with less confident children. These...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2012
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The Kitten with No Name (Early Reader)
Vivian French - illustrated by Selina Young
A heart-warming story perfect for early readers about a lost kitten searching for somewhere to call home. There are lots of Early Reader titles to choose from that are great for sharing with your youngsters and for kids just starting...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2011
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Polly's Pink Pyjamas
Vivian French - illustrated by Sue Heap
This is a fantastically funny, perfectly pink picture book about a little girl called Polly and her beloved pink pyjamas. You're in the right place if you want some gorgeous activity sheet packs for this title (click here...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/02/2011
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Draglins Lost!
Vivian French
Meet four teeny-tiny dragons in some wonderfully endearing adventures as they leave their home in the attic and go out into the great outdoors. Girls and boys everywhere will delight in their antics, as well as their friends and foes....
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2008
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Draglins And The Fire!
Vivian French
Meet four teeny-tiny dragons in some wonderfully endearing adventures as they leave their home in the attic and go out into the great outdoors. Girls and boys everywhere will delight in their antics, as well as their friends and foes....
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Draglins And The Bully!
Vivian French
Meet four teeny-tiny dragons in some wonderfully endearing adventures as they leave their home in the attic and go out into the great outdoors. Girls and boys everywhere will delight in their antics, as well as their friends and foes....
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Draglins To The Rescue!
Vivian French
Meet four teeny-tiny dragons in some wonderfully endearing adventures as they leave their home in the attic and go out into the great outdoors. Girls and boys everywhere will delight in their antics, as well as their friends and foes....
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Format: Paperback | Released 08/05/2008
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Draglins Escape!
Vivian French
Meet four teeny-tiny dragons in some wonderfully endearing adventures as they leave their home in the attic and go out into the great outdoors. Girls and boys everywhere will delight in their antics, as well as their friends and foes....
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Draglins In Danger!
Vivian French
Meet four teeny-tiny dragons in some wonderfully endearing adventures as they leave their home in the attic and go out into the great outdoors. Girls and boys everywhere will delight in their antics, as well as their friends and foes....
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Princess Katie And The Dancing Broom
Vivian French
Little girls will absolutely love the world of Silver Towers where six girls are learning how to become perfect princesses. To celebrate the publication of the second Tiara Club series, The Tiara Club at Silver Towers, we’ve got 3 sets of six...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/08/2006
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Princess Charlotte and the Enchanted Rose
Vivian French
Little girls will absolutely love the world of Silver Towers where six girls are learning how to become perfect princesses. To celebrate the publication of the second Tiara Club series, The Tiara Club at Silver Towers, we’ve got 3 sets of six...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/08/2006
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Princess Alice And The Crystal Slipper
Vivian French
Little girls will absolutely love the world of Silver Towers where six girls are learning how to become perfect princesses. To celebrate the publication of the second Tiara Club series, The Tiara Club at Silver Towers, we've got 3 sets of six...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/08/2006
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Princess Daisy And The Magical Merry-go-round
Vivian French
Little girls will absolutely love the world of Silver Towers where six girls are learning how to become perfect princesses. To celebrate the publication of the second Tiara Club series, The Tiara Club at Silver Towers, we've got 3 sets of six...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/08/2006
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Princess Sophia And The Prince's Party
Vivian French
Little girls will absolutely love the world of Silver Towers where six girls are learning how to become perfect princesses. To celebrate the publication of the second Tiara Club series, The Tiara Club at Silver Towers, we’ve got 3 sets of six...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/08/2006
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Princess Emily And The Wishing Star
Vivian French
Little girls will absolutely love the world of Silver Towers where six girls are learning how to become perfect princesses. To celebrate the publication of the second Tiara Club series, The Tiara Club at Silver Towers, we've got 3 sets of six...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/08/2006
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