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Elli Woollard - Author

About the Author

Elli Woollard started writing stories after an embarrassing incident in which her youngest son broke Michael Rosen's glasses.  Having previousl written poetry, Elli's snappy rhymes, catchy, rhythms and witty stories have captured the imagination of the children's book world; from picture book collaborations with wonderfully talented illustrators such as Benji Davies (The Giant of Jum and The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight), Steven Lenton (The Great Gran Plan, 2017), to a first chapter book with the marvellous Laura Ellen Anderson (Swashbuckle Lil: The Secret Pirate). In everything she does, Elli Woollard brings a unique new voice to children's fiction, and is definitely an author to watch.  She lives in London with her four children, her husband and two guinea pigs.

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Aesop's Fables, Retold by Elli Woollard

Aesop's Fables, Retold by Elli Woollard

Author: Elli Woollard Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

Charmingly retold in rhyming verse, with enchanting illustrations throughout, this is a retelling of a selection of Aesop's Fables. In this wonderfully illustrated collection meet the vain peacock and the wise crane, discover what happens to the boy who cried wolf one too many times and find out what the bear whispered to the traveller. Aesop's Fables are one of the enduring classics of children's literature and are a firm family favorite. Aesop's Fables retold by Elli Woollard combine stunning illustrations from the award-winning Marta Altes with the brilliant rhyming talents of Elli Woollard. This collection is one children and adults alike will truly treasure. Stories include: Two Travellers and the Bear The Hare and the Tortoise The Boy who cried Wolf The Baboon and the Fox The Dog and and his Reflection The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse The Peacock and the Crane The Donkey in the Lion's Skin

Dilly the Donkey

Dilly the Donkey

Author: Elli Woollard Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/07/2019

Meet Dilly the wonky donkey in this joyous, fun-filled, sun-drenched book that's packed with positive values. Written by Elli Woollard and illustrated by Steven Lenton, this delightful story puts age and wisdom before beauty, encourages self belief and shows that no matter how old and wonky you may be, you can still be exceptional! Dilly the Donkey may be little and wonky - and not as young as she used to be - but each day she lovingly carts the children to school. That is until her owner replaces her with a flashy young horse! Is poor Dilly too old and bent to be of any use? Of course not! She's kind, brave and smart too, so when the new horse catches the eye of two sneaky thieves, it's up to Dilly to halt their dastardly plan and save the day. Could this be the start of a whole new career? A third fabulous story from creators of the The Great Gran Plan and Dinosaurs Don't Draw.

Dilly the Donkey

Dilly the Donkey

Author: Elli Woollard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2019

Meet Dilly the wonky donkey in this joyous, fun-filled, sun-drenched book that's packed with positive values. Written by Elli Woollard and illustrated by Steven Lenton, this delightful story puts age and wisdom before beauty, encourages self belief and shows that no matter how old and wonky you may be, you can still be exceptional! Dilly the Donkey may be little and wonky - and not as young as she used to be - but each day she lovingly carts the children to school. That is until her owner replaces her with a flashy young horse! Is poor Dilly too old and bent to be of any use? Of course not! She's kind, brave and smart too, so when the new horse catches the eye of two sneaky thieves, it's up to Dilly to halt their dastardly plan and save the day. Could this be the start of a whole new career? A third fabulous story from creators of the The Great Gran Plan and Dinosaurs Don't Draw.

Little Bear's Spring

Little Bear's Spring

Author: Elli Woollard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/02/2019

Little Bear's Spring is a glorious reminder for children and adults of just how wonderful the natural world is, and that, sometimes, the unlikeliest of friendships are the best kind. Little Bear has just woken up from his long winter sleep. But when he pokes his head out of the den, the world around him is vast, white and silent. The only thing he sees is a smooth little stone, just as alone in the snowy wilderness as he is. He nestles it in tight to his fur and off they go in search of friends. Little Bear's Spring is a lyrical story about friendship, with a gentle introduction to spring and what happens to the natural world when the seasons change. Written by star picture book author Elli Woollard and illustrated by Briony May Smith, whose artwork brings a sun-dappled springtime landscape to life with breathtaking beauty.

Little Bear's Spring

Little Bear's Spring

Author: Elli Woollard Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/02/2019

Little Bear's Spring is a breathtakingly beautiful story about a little bear, an unlikely friendship and how the coming of springtime can change everything. Little Bear has just woken up from his long winter sleep. But when he pokes his head out of the den, the world around him is vast, white and silent. The only thing he sees is a smooth little stone, just as alone in the snowy wilderness as he is. He nestles it in tight to his fur and off they go in search of friends. Little Bear's Spring is a lyrical story about friendship, with a gentle introduction to spring and what happens to the natural world when the seasons change. Written by star picture book author Elli Woollard and illustrated by Briony May Smith, whose artwork brings a sun-dappled springtime landscape to life with breathtaking beauty.

Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, retold by Elli Woollard Book and CD Pack

Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, retold by Elli Woollard Book and CD Pack

Author: Elli Woollard Format: Book Release Date: 26/07/2018

Delightfully retold in humorous verse, with stunning illustrations throughout, this is a beautiful reworked edition of Rudyard Kipling's children's classic, Just So Stories. A gorgeous gift for imaginative young readers. In this highly illustrated collection meet the cat who walked by himself, discover how the lazy camel got his hump, how the elephant got his long trunk, find out why the rhino has such wrinkly skin and how the whale got his teeny tiny throat. These well known, richly imagined stories tell of how the world came to be as it is. This is a smart, funny and younger approach to Kipling's work, and Just So Stories as you've never seen them before. Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories are one of the enduring classics of children's literature and these witty, inventive stories have delighted generations of children. Combining the brilliant rhyming talent of Elli Woollard and beautiful illustrations from the award-winning Marta Altes, Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories is an enchanting retelling of a much-loved classic for a new generation. A book to truly treasure and one you will want to share.

Dinosaurs Don't Draw

Dinosaurs Don't Draw

Author: Elli Woollard Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/05/2018

Dinosaurs aren't known for their drawing - they're known for their stamping and stomping and ROARING! All except for one creative young dinosaur who just can't seem to stop! He transforms rocks, chalk, sticks and mud into the most wonderful works of art - much to the confusion of his fierce, fighting dinosaur family. But when everyone hears the THUD of a terrifying T-Rex, they soon see just how effective art can be. Especially art in the form of an even bigger dinosaur! Another brilliant rhyming story from this exciting pairing; author, Elli Woollard and illustrator, Steven Lenton. A vibrant and uplifting story about the joy and the power of art - and daring to be different. Dinosaurs Don't Draw is a visual treat and a delight to read aloud.

Dinosaurs Don't Draw

Dinosaurs Don't Draw

Author: Elli Woollard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2018

Dinosaurs aren't known for their drawing - they're known for their stamping and stomping and ROARING! All except for one creative young dinosaur who just can't seem to stop! He transforms rocks, chalk, sticks and mud into the most wonderful works of art - much to the confusion of his fierce, fighting dinosaur family. But when everyone hears the THUD of a terrifying T-Rex, they soon see just how effective art can be. Especially art in the form of an even bigger dinosaur! Another brilliant rhyming story from this exciting pairing; author, Elli Woollard and illustrator, Steven Lenton. A vibrant and uplifting story about the joy and the power of art - and daring to be different. Dinosaurs Don't Draw is a visual treat and a delight to read aloud.

The Adventures of Swashbuckle Lil

The Adventures of Swashbuckle Lil

Author: Elli Woollard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2018

Lil is a pirate, a good sort of pirate, and when there is someone to save, she'll do what is right (if it takes her all night). Yes, she'll always be bold and be brave. When evil pirate Stinkbeard tries to kidnap Lil's teacher, it's up to schoolgirl and secret pirate, Lil, to come to the rescue. In story two it's sports day, but there's a very hungry croc on the loose. Can Lil and her trusty parrot, Carrot, scare Stinkbeard and his pet croc away? On a trip to the museum, evil pirate Stinkbeard tries to steal an old king's ruby ring, and it's up to schoolgirl and secret pirate, Lil, to stop him! In story two, Lil and her pet parrot are off to a birthday party. But when Stinkbeard and his pet croc turn up, it's up to Lil to save the day. The Adventures of Swashbuckle Lil is a bind up of Swashbuckle Lil: The Secret Pirate and Swashbuckle Lil and the Jewel Thief, by author Elli Woollard and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson. It features four rip-roaringly rhyming, brilliantly illustrated stories which make the perfect transition from parent-led to independent reading.

Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, retold by Elli Woollard

Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, retold by Elli Woollard

Author: Elli Woollard Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2017

Delightfully retold in humorous verse, with stunning illustrations throughout, this is a beautiful reworked edition of Rudyard Kipling's children's classic, Just So Stories. A gorgeous gift for imaginative young readers. In this highly illustrated collection meet the cat who walked by himself, discover how the lazy camel got his hump, how the elephant got his long trunk, find out why the rhino has such wrinkly skin and how the whale got his teeny tiny throat. These well known, richly imagined stories tell of how the world came to be as it is. This is a smart, funny and younger approach to Kipling's work, and Just So Stories as you've never seen them before. Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories are one of the enduring classics of children's literature and these witty, inventive stories have delighted generations of children. Combining the brilliant rhyming talent of Elli Woollard and beautiful illustrations from the award-winning Marta Altes, Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories is an enchanting retelling of a much-loved classic for a new generation. A book to truly treasure and one you will want to share.

The Great Gran Plan

The Great Gran Plan

Author: Elli Woollard Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/09/2017

The pig lives in a house in the middle of the wild wood. But inside the wild wood there's a bad wolf - and this hungry wolf wants a little pig for dinner! But a house made of bricks is hard to blow down, so instead of gobbling Pig, Wolf moves to plan B: gobbling Red Riding Hood's poor defenceless grandma! But his despicable plan is soon uncovered and Pig decides to rescue Gran! Will this plucky pig make it in time? A fabulously funny twist on two classic fairy tales: Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs. The Great Gran Plan is the first book by an exciting picture book pairing: the uniquely talented author and poet, Elli Woollard and best-selling illustrator, Steven Lenton.

Troll Stroll

Troll Stroll

Author: Elli Woollard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

Troll is fed up with eating boring old goats, so off he strolls in search of some scrumptious children. But the little boy on the bike insists that the four children in the car behind him would be FAR tastier than him. And - look! - those children in the school bus behind would be yummier still . . . But the children in the big digger are looking hungry, too. It's time for that terrible Troll to make a quick exit!

Troll Stroll

Troll Stroll

Author: Elli Woollard Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/07/2017

Troll is fed up with eating boring old goats, so off he strolls in search of some scrumptious children. But the little boy on the bike insists that the four children in the car behind him would be FAR tastier than him. And - look! - those children in the school bus behind would be yummier still . . . But the children in the big digger are looking hungry, too. It's time for that terrible Troll to make a quick exit!

Woozy the Wizard: A Present for Pig

Woozy the Wizard: A Present for Pig

Author: Elli Woollard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2016

Today is Pig's birthday! Hooray and woo hoo! But I don't have a present. Oh, what shall I do? I need something quickly, I need to be swift. Pig must not guess that I've not got a gift. Woozy the Wizard has forgotten Pig's birthday. Oh no! Pig needs a present. But when all of Woozy's spells go wrong, what will Woozy do? The third book in a brand new series about Woozy the Wizard and his pet Pig - with magic, friendship and a surprise cake! Told in rhyme with bright, bold full-colour illustrations throughout, this is the perfect read for 4+ children who are moving on from picture books but aren't quite ready for chapter books.

The Giant of Jum

The Giant of Jum

Author: Elli Woollard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Fee! he said, and Fi! he said, and Fo! he said and Fum! Look out children, the Giant of Jum is grumpy and hungry and he's off in search of a tasty snack. And the tastiest of all is a boy called Jack! But Jack and his friends don't see a scary giant, they see a magically tall man - a man who can fetch lost balls and rescue cats from trees! Perhaps this hungry giant is softer than he seems... An incredible rhyming text and a brilliant, big-hearted twist on a classic fairy tale, from the uniquely talented author and poet, Elli Woollard, and award-winning illustrator, Benji Davies. The Giant of Jum also contains an important message for all: don't eat kids, eat cake!

The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight

The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight

Author: Elli Woollard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2016

When a kind young boy helps a strange-looking bird, a beautiful friendship forms. But what these two friends don't realise is that one is a young knight . . . and the other a young dragon! What will they do when they discover they are enemies and destined to FIGHT? The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight is a bold, funny and heartwarming story from a perfect picture book pairing; the uniquely talented Elli Woollard and award-winning Benji Davies. Fairy tale fun from the creators of The Giant of Jum.

The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight

The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight

Author: Elli Woollard Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/04/2016

When a kind young boy helps a strange-looking bird, a beautiful friendship forms. But what these two friends don't realise is that one is a young knight. . . and the other a young dragon! What will they do when they discover they are enemies and destined to FIGHT? The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight is a bold, funny and heartwarming story from a perfect picture book pairing; the uniquely talented Elli Woollard and award-winning Benji Davies. Fairy tale fun from the creators of The Giant of Jum.

The Giant of Jum Book and CD Pack

The Giant of Jum Book and CD Pack

Author: Elli Woollard Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 07/05/2015

Fee! he said, and Fi! he said, and Fo! he said and Fum! Look out children, the Giant of Jum is grumpy and hungry and he's off in search of a tasty snack. And the tastiest of all is a boy known as Jack! But Jack and his friends don't see a scary giant, they see a magically tall man - a man who can fetch lost balls and rescue cats from trees! Perhaps this hungry giant is softer than he seems... An incredible rhyming text read aloud by actor Stephen Mangan, and a brilliant, big-hearted twist on a classic fairy tale, The Giant of Jum: Book and CD Pack sees the launch of a major picture book pairing: the uniquely talented author and poet, Elli Woollard, and award-winning illustrator, Benji Davies. Also contains an important message for all: don't eat kids, eat cake!

The Giant of Jum

The Giant of Jum

Author: Elli Woollard Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/04/2015

Fee! he said, and Fi! he said, and Fo! he said and Fum! Look out children, the Giant of Jum is grumpy and hungry and he's off in search of a tasty snack. And the tastiest of all is a boy known as Jack! But Jack and his friends don't see a scary giant, they see a magically tall man - a man who can fetch lost balls and rescue cats from trees! Perhaps this hungry giant is softer than he seems... An incredible rhyming text and a brilliant, big-hearted twist on a classic fairy tale, this book sees the launch of a major new picture book pairing: the uniquely talented author and poet, Elli Woollard, and award-winning illustrator, Benji Davies. Also contains an important message for all: don't eat kids, eat cake!

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