Michelle de Villiers


I am first and foremost a reader. I love languages: each language opens another door.

I enjoy writing children's stories, especially picture books.

I also paint and sculpt.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in South Africa. This has left me with a deep appreciation of nature, as well as an enjoyment of a variety of languages. I am a very visual person.
When did you first start writing?
I enjoyed scribbling and drawing since I could hold a pencil.
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A Cartoon Miscellany
Chortle and Snort
Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!)
Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!)
Let's Do the Brainwalk Again
Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!)
Life: An Ouroborosical Odyssey
Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!)


Little Red Brittle Star
Price: $2.99 $1.20 USD. (60% off!) Words: 1,000. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Nature
Ophi wants to be a real star: a space star. The problem is, he is a sea star and not a blazing star -- which may just be the right thing to be after all! Join Ophi in his poetic quest to travel to outer space and cry for him when his dream is crushed. But is it really that bad? Sea stars have hidden talents that rock stars don't! Written in verse, with colourful illustrations.
The Whistle Thorn Tree
Price: $2.99 $1.20 USD. (60% off!) Words: 380. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Nature & the Natural World / Environment, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
There is a small tree in Africa with a big secret. How do you make friends when you have sharp, pointy thorns? Find out in this heartwarming illustrated story.
Price: Free! Words: 460. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Death & Dying
Tara Brown's goldfish has died. A picture story about a small heartbreak.
The Star Bear Odyssey
Price: $2.99 $1.20 USD. (60% off!) Words: 460. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books
A science fiction fable with a touch of Poe and a twist of Dahl. A teeny water bear sits at play on her tiny meteor when another traveller crash-lands on her rocky home. And so unfolds a haiku horror picture story… Star Bear is a tough little tardigrade. Her story is told in the official verse of all aliens: haiku!
Life: An Ouroborosical Odyssey
Series: A Cartoon Miscellany, Miscellany-Five. Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 140. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Comics
A collection of doodletoons done in ink and water colour, a wry visual reflection on everyday situations.
Let's Do the Brainwalk Again
Series: A Cartoon Miscellany, Miscellany-Four. Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 150. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Comics
Irreverent doodles strictly for entertainment. Wry cartoons in ink and watercolour.
Series: A Cartoon Miscellany, Miscellany-Three. Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 150. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Comics
Cartoons portraying some topical issues in a quizzical , whimsical way. It was the dawn of the ebook, the World Soccer Cup took place and almost everyone adopted an avatar.
Chortle and Snort
Series: A Cartoon Miscellany, Miscellany-Two. Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 130. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Comics
A collection of comical doodles in ink and watercolour to light up the day.
The e-Incunabulum of Comical Inspiration
Series: A Cartoon Miscellany, Miscellany-One . Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 160. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Comics
A compendium of cartoons to stimulate your imagination...
The Sunflower That Roared
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 970. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Art
(4.50 from 18 reviews)
Sarah has a very sunny nature. That is why her mother calls her her little sunflower. But even sunflowers get grumpy when no one listens to them... A picture book to read with your 3-5 year old, especially if you like sunflowers.
Mary Scary
Price: $2.99 $1.20 USD. (60% off!) Words: 770. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Meet madam Mary Scary, the greediest girl since the Enormous Crocodile left town. A satirical cross-genre story for ebook verme of all ages.
Moondoe Pup and Starbuck Hound's Chocolate Adventures
Price: $2.99 $1.20 USD. (60% off!) Words: 710. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry
What happens when two bored dogs are left to baby-sit the Easter eggs? A rip-roaring mess!
Mangoes, Gloves and Coconuts
Price: $2.99 $1.20 USD. (60% off!) Words: 1,140. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays
Megan's life is about to change. She'll be going to school soon for the first time. And there's a sibling on the way. So many big changes make Megan anxious. A special getaway to Mexico allows the family to prepare in more ways than one.
Emma's Houses
Price: $2.99 $1.20 USD. (60% off!) Words: 690. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Emma's house is up for sale. Can she prevent it? Where will she live now? Emma worries a lot. It's up to her to find a place for herself and her three cat friends Crumpet, Snowy and Cool Cat.
Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 1,380. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Pierre's best friends in the whole world are Babaa, Chanticleer and Jemima. However, Christmas time is a dangerous time for farm animals. Pierre has to come up with a plan to save his animal friends' lives, which involves his papa's dreams going up in smoke at the same time...
Matthew James, Animal Trainer
Price: $2.99 $1.20 USD. (60% off!) Words: 880. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Matthew James is a beast-whisperer. He has a special talent to tame the wild animals that invade his home every day. All he needs are his swimming goggles, a feather duster and the right attitude!
Daddy Longlegs
Price: $2.99 $1.20 USD. (60% off!) Words: 1,660. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Scrawny daddy longlegs Opi has a clever plan to beat his buddy Arach at winning a special lady longleg's friendship... until he discovers that she is a young lady who would like to swallow a spider! As she sets her eight peeps on him, he solves a mystery that makes all the difference.
Playing with Fire
Price: $2.99 $1.20 USD. (60% off!) Words: 960. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
This story is based on the fascination both children and moths seem to share for fire. It is a story within a story, the inner conflict being that of a craving for glory in tandem with the outer conflict of danger and competition- issues children face in their personal relationships too.

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Smashwords book reviews by Michelle de Villiers

  • Jack and the Brilliant Professor on March 26, 2010

    Makes you feel full of beans!
  • Bog Man on April 02, 2010

    smashing story!
  • We Don’t Plummet Out of the Sky Anymore on June 29, 2010

    I liked the title and kept reading, expecting an acerbic twist- the author remained consistently nice to his characters though. An enjoyable, funny story.
  • Odour of Fate on Feb. 22, 2011

    Wonderful writing; a sensory experience! The story is about obsession, full of wanton imagery and lyric language that fascinate. The attraction and repulsion create a tension that runs throughout, succeeding in keeping you engaged until the very end.
  • The Ballerina, the Gymnast, and the Yoga Master on Feb. 26, 2011

    Hilarious- as in leading to boisterous conviviality and extreme merriment!
  • Green, A Short Story on May 30, 2013

    I enjoyed it! The green civil rights activist and wasabi waiter made me smile.