A group of published UK-based authors and illustrators of picture books, children's and YA.

Elli Woollard

Elli-013Elli Woollard
At the age of four Elli wrote her first picture book, involving her best friend, a tricycle accident, blood everywhere, and the author emerging as the hero. Several years later she completed an MA in social anthropology, moved out to Thailand, taught herself the language, and has since worked variously as a Thai to English translator, a copywriter for a domestic appliance insurance firm (about as interesting as it sounds) and an assistant editor in academic publishing. She now lives in London where she combines writing with freelance translation work, looking after her four children, butchering nice music on the piano and being dictated to by her deranged cat.


  • WOOZY THE WIZARD: A SPELL TO GET WELL, illustrated by Al Murphy (Faber, October 2014)
  • WOOZY THE WIZARD: A BROOM TO GO ZOOM, illustrated by Al Murphy (Faber, March 2015)
  • SWASHBUCKLE LIL: THE SECRET PIRATE, illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson (Macmillan, May 2016)


  • THE GIANT OF JUM, illustrated by Benji Davies (Macmillan Children’s Books, May 2015)
  • THE DRAGON AND THE NIBBLESOME KNIGHT, illustrated by Benji Davies (Macmillan Children’s Books, May 2016)

WWWOOZY THE WIZARD: A SPELL TO GET WELL by Elli Woollard and Al Murphy

In the faraway village of Snottington Sneeze

Lived a wizened old wizard with knocketty knees.’

Woozy the Wizard is a well-meaning wizard who just wants to help his friends. But sometimes his spells (and he) get all mixed up! So then he has to get back on his broom with his pet pig and zoom around the village trying to put things right . . .

‘Your spells sometimes flop but you see, we don’t mind;

We love you, dear wizard, because you are kind.’ 

“A simple and witty rhyming text.” — Lovereading 


WOOZY THE WIZARD: A BROOM TO GO ZOOM by Elli Woollard and Al Murphy

Friendship and fun abound in this full-colour early reader for ages 4+.

In the faraway village of Snottington Sneeze

Lived a wizened old wizard with knocketty knees.

Woozy the Wizard loves his old broom – not too small, not too big – but it is a little rusty. So when he spies a Shiny New Shop with HOOVERS he can’t believe his luck! If only he could make his new hoover go zoom . . . Magic and mishap ensue with Woozy and his pet pig.

The second in a brilliant new series featuring charming rhyming text and lovely illustrations, with clear shapes and colours, this is a joy to read aloud, and just right for children moving from large-format picture books to young readers. (more)

“We found the witty, rhyming verse very engaging.” — What’s Good to Do  

9781509808823The Secret PirateSWASHBUCKLE LIL: THE SECRET PIRATE by Elli Woollard and Laura Ellen Anderson

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?

Swashbuckle Lil: The Secret Pirate, by author Elli Woollard and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson, is the first in an exciting series with two rip-roaringly rhyming, brilliantly illustrated stories in each book which make the perfect transition from parent-led to independent reading. (more)

elli-woollard-untitled-1-june-2013-978144725473701THE GIANT OF JUM by Elli Woollard and Benji Davies

“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! (more)

9781447254805The Dragon and the Nibblesome KnightTHE DRAGON AND THE NIBBLESOME KNIGHT by Elli Woollard and Benji Davies

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. (more)


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