Jan Pienkowski - Author

About the Author

Jan Pienkowski is a celebrated illustrator of children's books and an internationally renowned master of silhouettes. He has won the Greenaway Medal twice for his illustration of Joan Aiken's The Kingdom Under the Sea and for the pioneering pop-up book Haunted House. He was born in Warsaw in 1936. His family were architects and artists. He made his first book when he was 8, as a present for his father. It was all about road rage - but featuring a horse and cart. The war made his childhood an adventure, if not a very comfortable one at times, taking him from Poland to Austria, Germany, Italy and finally bringing him in 1946 to England. With his parents, he came to Herefordshire, where he had two new experiences - going to school for the first time and learning English. Later, he went to The Cardinal Vaughan School in London and then to King's College, Cambridge, where he read Classics and English - and managed to find time for a lot of posters and stage design. Jan pioneered the modern Pop-up book with Haunted House (subsequently on CD-Rom), Robot, Dinner Time, Good Night and 17 others. Christmas Kingdom, Phone Book and Door Bell added sound effects while Botticelli's Bed and Breakfast capers irreverently through the history of western art.

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The First Noel

The First Noel

Author: Jan Pienkowski Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

An enchanting Christmas gift with exquisite cut-paper silhouettes of the Nativity. This enchanting Christmas gift tells the story of the Nativity in five exquisite cut-paper silhouettes. Each delicate scene is beautifully decorated with red, white and gold, and brings the Christmas story of the Angel Gabriel, Baby Jesus, the Shepherds and the Three Wise Men to life.

The Glass Mountain: Tales from Poland

The Glass Mountain: Tales from Poland

Author: Jan Pienkowski Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/09/2014

Jan Pienkowski brings eight of the best-loved Polish folk tales to life with vibrant and witty paper cut illustrations. From Jan Pienkowski, much-loved illustrator of the Meg and Mog series, comes this beautiful collection of Polish folk tales, with vibrant and witty colour illustrations throughout. Using the traditional cut-paper technique he learned as a child, Jan brings 8 of his favourite Polish stories to life. Featuring classic stories such as Pan Twardowski , The Glass Mountain , The Wawel Dragon and The Fern Flower . A brand new title from one of the giants of children's literature, and the perfect way to introduce children to Polish folk tales.

The First Christmas (mini)

The First Christmas (mini)

Author: Jan Pienkowski Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2009

A beautiful rendition of the story of the First Christmas by Jan Pienkowski. Stunning silhouettes by Jan Pienkowski, the master of dramatic design, bring to life the story of the very first Christmas. With words from the King James bible, this is a truly classic and beautiful book to be treasured. This beautiful mini-hardback gift edition of a classic Christmas book makes the perfect gift and keepsake for any child at Christmas. Jan Pienkowski is a celebrated illustrator of children's books including the Meg and Mog series of picture books written by Helen Nicoll. He has won the Greenaway Medal twice for his illustration of Joan Aiken's The Kingdom Under the Seaand for Haunted House. Jan Lives in London.

Homes

Homes

Author: Jan Pienkowski Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2009

A timeless, colourful picture book for introducing a simple concept to young children. Combining simple text with bold, colourful illustrations, this classic book is ideal for introducing young children to different types of homes.

Time

Time

Author: Jan Pienkowski Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2009

A timeless, colourful picture book for introducing a simple concept to young children. Combining simple text with bold, colourful illustrations, this classic book is ideal for introducing nursery children to the concept of time.

Yes No

Yes No

Author: Jan Pienkowski Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2008

A timeless, colourful picture book to introduce a simple concept to young children. Combining simple text with bold, colourful illustrations, this classic book is ideal for introducing nursery children to the concept of opposites.

Numbers

Numbers

Author: Jan Pienkowski Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2008

A timeless, colourful picture book to introduce a simple concept to young children. Combining simple text with bold, colourful illustrations, this classic book is ideal for introducing nursery children to the concept of numbers.

Wheels

Wheels

Author: Jan Pienkowski Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2008

A timeless, colourful picture book to introduce a simple concept to young children. Combining simple text with bold, colourful illustrations, this classic book is ideal for introducing nursery children to the concept of transport.

Little Monsters

Little Monsters

Author: Jan Pienkowski Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2007

Monstrous pop-up fun in this newly reissued and reformatted classic bestseller! No two monsters are the same. Some like to play with their food. Some like to fight. And some are rather rude! Open this book for a riot of pop-up fun, and see how many monsters you can find!

The First Noel

The First Noel

Author: Jan Pienkowski Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2004

This magical Christmas carousel tells the story of the Nativity through five exquisite cut-out silhouettes with words from the King James Bible.

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