Jemmy Button by Alix Barzelay

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Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 Inspired by the life of Jemmy Button – a native of Tierra del Fuego who was brought to England in the mid-1800s to be 'educated' and 'civilised' by Captain Robert FitzRoy – this book illustrates Jemmy's bizarre encounters and his return back home. Collaborating across continents, without a common language, Valerio's precision and Jennifer's primitive style have resulted in a story unlike any other.


Jemmy Button by Alix Barzelay

About the Author

Alix Barzelay has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence and teaches children creative writing. This is her first children's book. Jennifer Uman is a self-taught painter and illustrator and Valerio Vidali is an Italian illustrator.

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48 pages


Alix Barzelay
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Templar Publishing

Publication date

1st January 2014




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