The 49-year-old author, who says John Lewis copied her kite for his 2019 Christmas advert, is suing her in the lawsuit

A children’s book author who said John Lewis copied her kite for his 2019 Christmas ad is suing her in a David and Goliath legal war.

Fay Evans, 49, of Macclesfield, Cheshire, published the self-published picture book Fred the Fire-Sneezing Dragon in September 2017.

She claims the 2019 Christmas campaign ad bears a “striking resemblance” to her book about a fire-breathing dragon.

Ms Evans has been fighting a legal battle with the department store company and its design advertising agency and announced yesterday that her claim is listed for a High Court hearing on January 30.

“I am more confident than ever about the validity of my claim,” Ms Evans told The Times.

John Lewis said it will “robustly” defend itself against the claims and said the concept for their ad was presented to them in early 2016 – a year and seven months before Ms Evans published her book.

Fay Evans, 49, of Macclesfield, Cheshire, published the self-published picture book Fred the Fire-Sneezing Dragon in September 2017

Fay Evans, 49, of Macclesfield, Cheshire, published the self-published picture book Fred the Fire-Sneezing Dragon in September 2017

Fay Evans, 49, of Macclesfield, Cheshire, published the self-published picture book Fred the Fire-Sneezing Dragon in September 2017

She claims the 2019 Christmas campaign ad bears a

She claims the 2019 Christmas campaign ad bears a

She claims the 2019 Christmas campaign ad bears a “striking resemblance” to her book about a fire-breathing dragon

The John Lewis commercial, produced in association with sister company Waitrose, follows Edgar as he accidentally melts the ice rink, turns a snowman into a puddle and sets a Christmas tree on fire in his excitement at the celebrations in his village .

Edgar ends up locking himself away in desperation, but his friend Ava encourages him to return to the village with a Christmas pudding that will allow him to make the most of his fire.

Ms Evans said: “When I first saw the John Lewis Christmas advert in November 2019, I was stunned.

“I couldn’t quite believe what was happening in front of me. The visual resemblance to the main character in Fred the Fire-Breathing Dragon and the narrative resemblance throughout was uncanny.”

In a statement, John Lewis said: “We have always disproved this and will continue to disprove this. We take great care and pride in creating our Christmas adverts.

“Ms Evans has accepted in court that the concept for our 2019 Christmas campaign was first presented to us in early 2016 – a year and seven months before the publication of her book.

Ms Evans has been fighting a legal battle with the department store company and its design advertising agency and announced yesterday that her claim is listed for a High Court hearing on January 30

Ms Evans has been fighting a legal battle with the department store company and its design advertising agency and announced yesterday that her claim is listed for a High Court hearing on January 30

Ms Evans has been fighting a legal battle with the department store company and its design advertising agency and announced yesterday that her claim is listed for a High Court hearing on January 30

John Lewis said it will

John Lewis said it will

John Lewis said it will “robustly” defend itself against the claims and said the concept for their ad was presented to them in early 2016 – a year and seven months before Ms Evans published her book

The John Lewis commercial, produced in association with sister company Waitrose, follows Edgar as he accidentally melts the ice rink, turns a snowman into a puddle and sets a Christmas tree on fire in his excitement at the celebrations in his village

The John Lewis commercial, produced in association with sister company Waitrose, follows Edgar as he accidentally melts the ice rink, turns a snowman into a puddle and sets a Christmas tree on fire in his excitement at the celebrations in his village

The John Lewis commercial, produced in association with sister company Waitrose, follows Edgar as he accidentally melts the ice rink, turns a snowman into a puddle and sets a Christmas tree on fire in his excitement at the celebrations in his village

Edgar ends up locking himself away in desperation, but his friend Ava encourages him to return to the village with a Christmas pudding that will allow him to make the most of his fire

Edgar ends up locking himself away in desperation, but his friend Ava encourages him to return to the village with a Christmas pudding that will allow him to make the most of his fire

Edgar ends up locking himself away in desperation, but his friend Ava encourages him to return to the village with a Christmas pudding that will allow him to make the most of his fire

“We were only aware of Ms Evans’ book after our advert aired and we are confident that the lawsuit will be dismissed.”

Danielle Smurthwaite, 39, who self-published Popcorn The Unicorn on Amazon in 2017, also claimed the ad’s plot is similar to her book because it’s also about a mythical creature who unknowingly alienates others through its behavior before it managed to become check.

The mother-of-two, who is a full-time graphic designer and illustrator, also suggested that Edgar’s facial features resembled the dragons she drew in her book.

She told MailOnline: “In my case the main character was a unicorn who goes and sees some dragons and gets very excited when he sees them blowing bubbles – but then he ruins the fun by popping them.

“The same thing happens with the goblins and the dwarves. Then he realizes he was good at popping, so he makes popcorn. So the plot is very similar.

“John Lewis’ dragon also had characteristics similar to mine. Tiny wings, goofy teeth, same structures – it looks very similar.”

Danielle Smurthwaite, 39, who self-published Popcorn The Unicorn on Amazon in 2017, also claimed the ad's plot was similar to her book

Danielle Smurthwaite, 39, who self-published Popcorn The Unicorn on Amazon in 2017, also claimed the ad's plot was similar to her book

Danielle Smurthwaite, 39, who self-published Popcorn The Unicorn on Amazon in 2017, also claimed the ad’s plot was similar to her book

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