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Elys Dolan - Author

About the Author

Elys Dolan is an author and illustrator living in Cambridge. She grew up in a part of Sussex that consists almost entirely of trees and cows and she was named after a department store in Wimbledon. She's never let either of these things hold her back and Elys recently graduated with distinction from the MA in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art.  Elys has been awarded second place in the Macmillan Prize and was also shortlisted for the Waterstone's ‘Picture This’ prize. Elys works predominately with ink, newfangled digital witchcraft and coloured pencils of which she is the proud owner of 178 but can never seem to find a sharpener. Her other books include Steven Seagull Action Hero and Mr Bunny’s Chocolate Factory. The Bookseller's Fiona Noble picked Elys as 'One to Watch' in 2015. When not doing pictures and making things up, Elys enjoys growing cacti, collecting pocket watches and eating excessive amounts of fondant fancies. She is also studying for a PhD on comedy in picture books at Anglia Ruskin University.  

Featured books by Elys Dolan

Weasels

Weasels

3+ readers

Author: Elys Dolan Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/04/2013

It's packed with cross-over humour to amuse kids and big kids too. The art is stylish yet accessible and full of details for poring over time and time again - there's always a new joke to find! And there are machines and maps and even a laboratory ...oh, and lots of lots of weasels. Find out how the weasels' dastardly plans for world domination are foiled in this hilarious, off-the-wall debut picture book from a shiny new star in the children's book firmament. Click here to download The Weasels' Workplace Survival Guide!

Other books by Elys Dolan

Super Snail

Super Snail

Author: Elys Dolan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2019

Meet Kevin: ordinary slug by day, fearless, shell-wearing Super Snail by night. The superhero you didn't know you were waiting for - from the acclaimed creator of Weasels and Steven Seagull, Elys Dolan. Kevin must prove his worth to the legendary League of Heroes - all with the power of slime! When disaster strikes and the Snail Signal shines, it's time for him to step up ... Will he figure out how to get his pants on outside his clothes, even though he doesn't have a bum? Will he discover his true, slimy superpower and defeat the evil villain, Laser Pigeon? Will he even get there in time?!

King Dave: Royalty for Beginners

King Dave: Royalty for Beginners

Author: Elys Dolan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2019

Dave the dragon is throne-sitting, but will the power go to his head? The King has gone on holiday, leaving protectors of the realm, and BFFs, Dave and Albrecht in charge. Neither of them have the first clue about what it takes to run a kingdom, but it won't stop them from trying. All with the help of one incredibly useful book: Royalty for Beginners.

The Doughnut of Doom

The Doughnut of Doom

Author: Elys Dolan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2019

It's another ordinary day in Food Town and Alison McNutty, peanut butter sandwich and rookie reporter, desperately needs a big break. So, when news comes in of a monster doughnut on the rampage, she's straight on the case - she knew there was something dodgy about the superfoods down at Lemon Labs! And boy, is that doughnut hungry! It's EATING everything in sight and not even the police, the fire chiefs OR the military can bring it down. Whatever will President Bacon do? Luckily, Alison has a cunning plan. All they need is a plucky hero who will sacrifice themselves for the good of all food kind . . . !

Super Snail

Super Snail

Author: Elys Dolan Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/04/2019

Meet Kevin: ordinary slug by day, fearless, shell-wearing Super Snail by night. The hilarious superhero you didn't know you were waiting for - from the acclaimed creator of Weasels and Steven Seagull, Elys Dolan. Kevin must prove his worth to the legendary League of Heroes - all with the power of slime! When disaster strikes and the Snail Signal shines, it's time for him to step up ... Will he figure out how to get his pants on outside his clothes, even though he doesn't have a bum? Will he discover his true, slimy superpower and defeat the evil villain, Laser Pigeon? Will he even get there in time?!

Santa's Wonderful Workshop

Santa's Wonderful Workshop

Author: Elys Dolan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/10/2018

Step inside Santa's workshop and experience Christmas like never before. With more toys to make than ever it's going to be the busiest Christmas yet, but luckily Santa and his elves have everything under control . . . Well, everything except for the rampaging polar bear, a toy factory that will only make toasters, and some very pesky visitors from the South Pole ! Bursting with fun and silliness, Elys Dolan picture books are great to pore over and reward multiple reading like no others.

Wizarding for Beginners

Wizarding for Beginners

Author: Elys Dolan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2018

Best friends Dave and Albrecht are going undercover. They must disguise themselves as wizards to enter the notoriously secretive Wizarding Guild, in order to free their friends and stop the most evil wizard of them all - Terrence. Luckily, they have the perfect book to help them on their quest, the amazing, the brilliant, Wizarding for Beginners!

The Doughnut of Doom

The Doughnut of Doom

Author: Elys Dolan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2017

It's another ordinary day in Food Town and Alison McNutty, peanut butter sandwich and rookie reporter, desperately needs a big break. So, when news comes in of a monster doughnut on the rampage, she's straight on the case - she knew there was something dodgy about the superfoods down at Lemon Labs! And boy, is that doughnut hungry! It's EATING everything in sight and not even the police, the fire chiefs OR the military can bring it down. Whatever will President Bacon do? But when Alison discovers that the doughnut actually has a nut allergy, a plan begins to form. All they need is a plucky hero who will sacrifice themselves for the good of all food kind . . . !

The Mystery of the Haunted Farm

The Mystery of the Haunted Farm

Author: Elys Dolan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/08/2016

Strange and spooky things are happening down on the farm, and Farmer Greg knows exactly who to call - Ghosthunters! The three little pigs are the best guys for the job, a specialist team of Ghosthunters equipped with the latest in ghost-hunting gadgets. But when the Phantom Finder 5000 fails to recognise any paranormal activity AT ALL, the pigs realise all is not quite as it seems. . . and there's certainly something suspicious about the mysterious chicken coop up on the hill . . . could that be a werepuppy?

The Mystery of the Haunted Farm

The Mystery of the Haunted Farm

Author: Elys Dolan Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/08/2015

Strange and spooky things are happening down on the farm, and Farmer Greg knows exactly who to call -Ghost-hunters! The three little pigs are the best guys for the job, a specialist team of Ghosthunters equipped with the latest in ghost-hunting gadgets. But when the Phantom Finder 5000 fails to recognise any paranormal activity AT ALL, the pigs realise all is not quite as it seems. . . and there's certainly something suspicious about the mysterious chicken coup up on the hill . . . could that be a werepuppy?

Nuts in Space

Nuts in Space

Author: Elys Dolan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2014

An elite crew of furry animals are celebrating. They have found the Lost Nuts of Legend and according to the myth, the bearer of this mythical snack will be immortal, invincible and never will it be past their bedtime - now all they have to do is go home. But - oh dear - if only it were that simple. Everyone is starving, the Star Nav is broken, the neighbours are distinctly unfriendly and it was a really, REALLY bad idea to stop at the Death Banana and ask for directions. Will they EVER find their way home? And, most importantly will they get home before something happens to the Nuts?'

Nuts in Space

Nuts in Space

Author: Elys Dolan Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2014

An elite crew of furry animals are celebrating. They have found the Lost Nuts of Legend and according to the myth, the bearer of this mythical snack will be immortal, invincible and never will it be past their bedtime - now all they have to do is go home. But - oh dear - if only it were that simple. Everyone is starving, the Star Nav is broken, the neighbours are distinctly unfriendly and it was a really, REALLY bad idea to stop at the Death Banana and ask for directions. Will they EVER find their way home? And, most importantly will they get home before something happens to the Nuts?'

Weasels

Weasels

Author: Elys Dolan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2014

Find out how the weasels' dastardly plans for world domination are foiled in this hilarious, off-the-wall debut picture book from a shiny new star in the children's book firmament. It's packed with cross-over humour to amuse little kids, and big kids too. The art is stylish yet accessible and full of details for poring over time and time again - there's always a new joke to find! And there are machines, maps and even a laboratory . . . oh, and lots and lots of weasels.

Weasels

Weasels

3+ readers

Author: Elys Dolan Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/04/2013

It's packed with cross-over humour to amuse kids and big kids too. The art is stylish yet accessible and full of details for poring over time and time again - there's always a new joke to find! And there are machines and maps and even a laboratory ...oh, and lots of lots of weasels. Find out how the weasels' dastardly plans for world domination are foiled in this hilarious, off-the-wall debut picture book from a shiny new star in the children's book firmament. Click here to download The Weasels' Workplace Survival Guide!

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