Elys is an author and illustrator based in Cambridge where she studied children’s book illustration. She works predominantly 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. When not doing pictures and making things up Elys enjoys growing cacti, working on her PhD about funny picture books and eating excessive amounts of fondant fancies.
Elys has worked on two fantastic picture books for Oxford University Press – Steven Seagull Action Hero and Mr Bunny’s Chocolate Factory – as well as her debut fiction title – Knighthood for Beginners. These titles have been shortlisted for major national book awards such as the Branford Boase and the Lollies award, and Mr Bunny’s Chocolate factory won the Bookfactor 2018 award.
Praise for Elys:
“The inventive, zany text and captioned pictures are laugh-out-loud funny, and if you aren’t not amused by them then, as Albrecht would say, you are probably a dummkopf” – The Sunday Times, Children’s Book of the Week
“Elys Dolan, who illustrates as well as she writes, seems to know just what tickles a kid’s funny bone, while imparting the message to be yourself, no matter what” – The Financial Times
“Full of splendid silliness, Elys Dolan’s Knighthood for Beginners will have readers cackling from start to finish” – The Guardian
“In a nutshell: hilarious courtly adventure from one of our funniest, most inventive writer-illustrators” – LoveReading4Kids.
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!
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