Heather Dyer on Heather Dyer
Why did you begin writing/illustrating?
I first began writing when I was seven. Then, I was trying to copy Enid Blyton. I loved the feeling of being in another world when I was reading her books, and when Iâ€™d read them all I started to write my own story in the same world, so that I could carry on being there. I copied her style, as well.
I think I still write to try and make a world that other people can get inside.
How would you describe your books?
So far, my books have all started out with an ordinary person who soon meets someone quite peculiar. That person might be someone like Eliza Flot, who looks like a girl from the waist up, but has a tail like a fish (The Fish in Room 11). Or Hilary in The Girl with the Broken Wing, who can fly. Or Ernest â€“ an old man who finds something rather extraordinary hiding in a cake.
I hope that when people read my books they feel like theyâ€™re in another world, quite like this one but just a little bit magical. I hope that they can see everything like a movie in their head. Some bits might make them laugh, as well.
A delightful story that is both refreshing, funny and exciting. When two boys get up to some mischief with some magic, one of them is magically miniaturised and ends up, yes, in a biscuit tin!!! Coupled with some quite zany and witty illustrations no reader can fail to be hooked.
This is an incredibly magical, beautiful but emotional read that through pictures and text tells the story of a young child helping an injured bird. The underlying theme is very much about showing that a little bit of kindness goes a long way. It’s a book we believe will become a timeless classic and one that will be enjoyed by young and old alike.
When Ibby is sent to stay with her aunt, she discovers her two troublesome boy cousins, Francis and Alex, playing with an old box of magic tricks they found in the attic. Ibby is sure that magic isn't real - until she sees Francis sitting at the bottom of a biscuit tin, magically miniaturised by Alex. After that, nothing is what it seems ...
Toby lives a lonely life at the seaside hotel where he was abandoned as a baby - until he finds a girl lying on the beach at the water's edge, with a long green tail swaying gently in the shallows. Eliza Flot is a stranded mermaid and she needs Toby's help. But Toby's new friendship arouses suspicion back at the hotel. Toby and the Flots must come up with a plan to rescue each other .
The twins are in bed when it happens: they hear a sound like a wet cabbage hitting the wall, a clattering on the roof tiles, then a tapping at the window. It's a girl with a broken wing - and she's come to stay. Who is she? Where has she come from? And more importantly, what does she want? Perhaps she's their guardian angel ... but would an angel snore and have filthy feet?
Brothers Jake and Simon Grubb aren't thrilled when they have to leave their home in Canada to move in with their cousin Hannah and her family in England. But things get interesting when they encounter a magician at a highway rest stop, who presents them with three gifts: a carpet, a camera and a stopwatch. Unfortunately, the magician doesn't provide them with any instructions, so the boys and Hannah learn as they go along. Flying over London, traveling through time, meeting the queen; they can't think of anything that could top this, until something does!
Elinor's bedroom looks ordinary. But it's not. When Elinor goes to sleep, her bedroom can fly...Elinor never knows where she'll wake up. A tropical island, in a theatre show, helping pirates, on the moon...But her bedroom will always bring her safely home. These magical adventures, charmingly illustrated by Chloe Douglass, work equally well for children to read themselves or for parents to read aloud. With pirates, a train, the moon, a theatre, a snowman and a faraway island, they will appeal to boys and girls. Who doesn't want a bedroom that can fly?
When Ibby is sent to stay with her aunt, she discovers her two troublesome boy cousins, Francis and Alex, playing with an old box of magic tricks they found in the attic. Ibby is sure that magic isn't real - until she sees Francis sitting at the bottom of the biscuit tin, magically miniaturised by Alex. After that, nothing is what it seems .