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Thomas Taylor - Author

About the Author

Thomas Taylor was born in Norwich, but grew up by the sea in Wales. His childhood was mostly about drawing, something he learnt to do in Maths classes.

After art school, Thomas set out to illustrate books, then to write them himself. His first commission was the cover art for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Following this, he pursued a career in picture books, mostly from France where he lived for many years.

Thomas now lives on the south coast of England and has two sons. Sometimes they ask for help with their maths homework, so now they’re learning to draw too.

His debut novels published simultaneously in June 2012 were Haunters and Dan and the Dead.

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Malamander

Malamander

Author: Thomas Taylor, George Ermos Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2019

Nobody visits Eerie-on-Sea in the winter. Especially not when darkness falls and the wind howls around Maw Rocks and the wreck of the battleship Leviathan, where even now some swear they have seen the unctuous Malamander creep... Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, knows that returning lost things to their rightful owners is not easy - especially when the lost thing is not a thing at all, but a girl. No one knows what happened to Violet Parma's parents twelve years ago, and when she engages Herbie to help her find them, the pair discover that their disappearance might have something to do with the legendary sea-monster, the Malamander. Eerie-on-Sea has always been a mysteriously chilling place, where strange stories seem to wash up. And it just got stranger...

Little Mouse and the Cupcake

Little Mouse and the Cupcake

Author: Thomas Taylor Format: Board book Release Date: 07/09/2017

Too Many Tickles!

Too Many Tickles!

Author: Thomas Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2014

There are tickles everywhere in this house. From Mum's swirly-whirly tummy button tickles to Dad's great big side-grabbers, there's no escape for this brother and sister. Young children will be bursting with laughter and raring to join in with the tickles in this funny, playful book.

Too Many Tickles!

Too Many Tickles!

Author: Thomas Taylor Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2014

There are tickles everywhere in this house. From Mum's swirly-whirly tummy button tickles to Dad's great big side-grabbers, there's no escape for this brother and sister. Young children will be bursting with laughter and raring to join in with the tickles in this funny, playful book.

The Pets You Get!

The Pets You Get!

Author: Thomas Taylor, Adrian Reynolds Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2013

A small boy imagines all the wild pets he could get, from an enormous bear to a fiery dragon! He decides they'd be so much better than his sister's boring little guinea pig. But maybe even the smallest of pets can be surprisingly fun, too . . .

Dan and the Caverns of Bone

Dan and the Caverns of Bone

Author: Thomas Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2013

Dan can see ghosts. See then, speak to them, and sometimes help them...for a price. In his second adventure, Dan is on a school trip to France when he gets mixed up in skulduggery down in the Paris catacombs. Can Dan save the living, help the unquiet dead, avoid getting himself killed - and do it all under the eye of an enraged French teacher? Brilliantly dark humour.

The Pets You Get!

The Pets You Get!

Author: Thomas Taylor, Adrian Reynolds Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2012

A small boy imagines all the wild pets he could get, from an enormous bear to a fiery dragon! He decides they'd be so much better than his sister's boring little guinea pig. But maybe even the smallest of pets can be surprisingly fun, too . . .

Dan and the Dead

Dan and the Dead

Author: Thomas Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2012

Dan can see ghosts. See them, speak to them, and sometimes help them - for a price. Dan and his ghostly sidekick Simon (who took a bullet in the brain a few hundred years ago) help the unquiet dead solve their problems and move on to wherever they go. But when they take on the case of a teenage shoplifter, things start to spin out of control. Soon Dan is up against a very dangerous and very badly dressed gangster, and he's also got to cope with a rather unusual vicar, the ghost of a Victorian stage magician who cut off his own head (don't ask) and a spot of grave robbing. It's all in a night's work...

Haunters

Haunters

Author: Thomas Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/05/2012

Eddie, Adam and David have the same gift. Separated by generations, they are linked by their ability to time-travel. Using their dreams, they can appear like ghosts, wherever and whenever they want. The first is the genius who discovers dreamwalking. The second is a Haunter, a dream-terrorist, determined to change history for his own ends. The last is the novice dreamwalker who must battle to save his family, and himself, from oblivion.

Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake

Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake

Author: Thomas Taylor Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/09/2010

Little Mouse is scurrying along one day when he finds something wonderful - a chocolate chip, raspberry cream cupcake! It looks delicious, but it's much too big for Little Mouse to carry home on his own. So one by one, Little Mouse asks bird, frog, mole and his other friends if they can lift it. They all agree to help, but only after having a taste of the yummy cake. Will there be any left for Little Mouse once his friends have all taken a bite? A delicious story of friendship and sharing with a wonderfully satisfying ending, this book is a joy to read aloud.

The Biggest Splash

The Biggest Splash

Author: Thomas Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2005

Clovis spots a fellow tiger trapped in the water in a nearby pool. This is a disaster - tigers hate water. Everyone knows they NEVER go in it. How will Clovis be able to help? And will he ever discover the real identity of the underwater tiger? A funny story about reflections, overcoming your fears, and learning to swim.

The Loudest Roar

The Loudest Roar

Author: Thomas Taylor Format: Undefined Release Date: 15/08/2002

Meet Clovis, the roaringest tiger in the whole world Clovis is a very noisy little tiger. He knows he has the loudest roar in the whole jungle. And Clovis thinks that everyone else should know it too. He's good at roaring, but he's very good at hiding - and that's when the trouble begins. The other animals soon tire of him jumping out and shocking them with his loud roar! - but what can they do to stop him? BLA major new picture book from Thomas Taylor, the artist who created Harry Potter, for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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