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Alison Jay - Author

About the Author

Alison Jay was born in Hertfordshire, grew up in Derbyshire and studied graphic design in London where she now lives. After graduating she worked in animation for a short while but gradually started to get commissions in illustration. She works in Alkyd, a quick drying oil paint on paper and sometimes adds a crackle varnish to give the work an aged appearance. She has worked in all areas of illustration including advertising, packaging, editorial and design. Her commissions include a 48 sheet poster for B.T, a TV commercial for Kellogg’s corn flakes and has recently illustrated the new baby range of products for Crabtree and Evelyn. She has also illustrated lots of children's books including "Picture This", "William and the night train", "The Race", "I took the moon for a walk", "The Emperors new clothes”, If Kisses were colours” , "ABC Alphabet", an unabridged fully illustrated version of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", "Listen Listen", "Welcome to the Zoo ", "A Child's first Counting Book" "Today is the Birthday of the World" and "Nursery Rhyme Rainbow". She recently worked with Aardman Animation on the development of a feature film and is currently working on a version of "The Nutcracker". Her book "Welcome to the Zoo" which is a wordless visit to a cage less "animal  hotel" has been selected as one of New York's Bank Street's 2009 best books of the year.

Featured books by Alison Jay

Other books by Alison Jay

Twelve Days of Christmas

Twelve Days of Christmas

Author: Alison Jay Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2014

This visual feast from acclaimed illustrator Alison Jay is the perfect festive gift. On Christmas Eve, a man buys presents for the woman he loves, beginning with a partridge in a pear tree. The couple travel through town and the gifts pile up, until they get to a Christmas party so magnificent it is a little overwhelming... leading them to slip back to the quiet of home, where their partridge is waiting.

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

Author: Alison Jay Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2013

Count the animals from one to twenty while searching for the cat in this lively hide-and-seek selection that introduces animals like frogs, whales, monkeys, ducks, hens and elephants.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Author: Alison Jay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2012

When young Clara is given a Nutcracker toy on Christmas Eve, she begins a magical journey to the festive Land of Sweets, meeting the evil Mouse King and the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy on the way. This well-known ballet is retold for younger readers in an edition that is both exciting to read and visually stunning.

Farm Families

Farm Families

Author: Alison Jay Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2012

The newset picture book from Alison Jay is a glorious trip around a classic farmyard. Meet the horse and her foal, the cow and her calves, the cockerel, hens and their chicks in this special visual adventure. Young readers will love learning the names of farm animals and their young, and in addition they will be able to spot hidden visual links from picutre to picutre, and work out the secret story about the kittens getting lost around the farm.

Alison Jay Giant Wall Cards

Alison Jay Giant Wall Cards

Author: Alison Jay Format: Cards Release Date: 01/02/2012

From cats to elephants, little ones will love learning their first animal names with these giant wall cards. They can be used as giant flash cards or mounted on a wall to make an eye catching display. Twenty-five of Alison Jay's delightful crackle-glazed illustrations make these cards perfect additions to any nursery.

Alison Jay Baby Journal

Alison Jay Baby Journal

Author: Alison Jay Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2012

Celebrate those first precious years of your baby's life with this stunning journal. Record everything from your baby's favourite foods, family tree and first holiday to the first time they laughed. Space for photos, written memories and other interactive features are complemented by Alison Jay's touching artworks, producing a book that offers a truly personal memento of those important moments. Novelties include family message cards and a letter to be written by parents for their child on their 18th birthday.

Christmas Time

Christmas Time

Author: Alison Jay Format: Board book Release Date: 01/09/2011

Come on a magical festive adventure! A beautiful Christmas story told through Alison Jay's classic illustrations. Two wakeful children creep downstairs on Christmas Eve, meet Father Christmas and are taken on an amazing adventure to his home in the North Pole and back again. Each page also features a different Christmas object, which is named to encourage vocabulary building and every illustration is full of Alison Jay's trademark visual jokes and hidden links.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Author: Alison Jay Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2011

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