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Alison Jay - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

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

My Bed is an Air Balloon

My Bed is an Air Balloon

Author: Julia Copus Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

When night falls my bed is an air balloon. I sail through the slipsiverse, close by the moon. I float above treetops where fluttertufts are sleeping And flowering hills where the whifflepigs go creeping; Ponds strung with starlight that glitter like glass, A floog with her velvet nose bent to the grass. Such treasures I spy on! My bed in the trees Swings me up high, like a circus trapeze. Now the cool, night-rustling air Slips through my finger-gaps, ripples my hair; Now we glide over water, the moon's silver light Blown by a cloudpuff into the bight, Adrift on the sea where the dream-shapes float; When night falls my bed is a sailing boat. A beautifully presented picture book with two front covers, the text can be read from front to back and vice versa. The mirror form poem meets in the middle in a stunning centrepiece image as the two children in the story (twins, one in an air balloon, the other a sailing boat) meet in the clouds!

My Bed is an Air Balloon

My Bed is an Air Balloon

Author: Julia Copus Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

When night falls my bed is an air balloon. I sail through the slipsiverse, close by the moon. I float above treetops where fluttertufts are sleeping And flowering hills where the whifflepigs go creeping; Ponds strung with starlight that glitter like glass, A floog with her velvet nose bent to the grass. Such treasures I spy on! My bed in the trees Swings me up high, like a circus trapeze. Now the cool, night-rustling air Slips through my finger-gaps, ripples my hair; Now we glide over water, the moon's silver light Blown by a cloudpuff into the bight, Adrift on the sea where the dream-shapes float; When night falls my bed is a sailing boat. A beautifully presented picture book with two front covers, the text can be read from front to back and vice versa. The mirror form poem meets in the middle in a stunning centrepiece image as the two children in the story (twins, one in an air balloon, the other a sailing boat) meet in the clouds!

Looking For Yesterday

Looking For Yesterday

Author: Alison Jay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2018

How can tomorrow ever be as good as today? Afraid of tomorrow, a little boy puts all his scientific knowledge to use in an attempt to turn back time and stay in the wonderful past. Luckily, his grandfather discovers him exploring the wormholes in the garden, trying to find a way back - and by showing him the photos of some of his wonderful past experiences, reassures the boy that there is plenty to look forward to and that every day gives the chance for a new adventure. Nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018.

Alison Jay's 123

Alison Jay's 123

Author: Alison Jay Format: Board book Release Date: 13/07/2017

In this enchanting counting adventure, follow the dreams of a sleeping girl and meet favourite characters from fairy tales and folk stories as you journey from one to ten and back again.

Alison Jay's ABC

Alison Jay's ABC

Author: Alison Jay Format: Board book Release Date: 13/07/2017

B is for boy . . . but in Alison Jay's ABC, B also stands for basket, beehive, and butterfly. Featuring a simple format and beautiful paintings, this acclaimed alphabet book is perfect for toddlers.

Alison Jay's Colours

Alison Jay's Colours

Author: Alison Jay Format: Board book Release Date: 13/07/2017

Alison Jay takes us on an exciting adventure through the world of well-loved nursery rhymes. One brave young boy discovers the colours of the rainbow. After finding all the colours, the young boy manages to bring the rainbow back with him to the real world.

Twelve Dancing Princesses

Twelve Dancing Princesses

Author: Kate Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2017

Long ago in a kingdom far away, there lived a king and his twelve beautiful princesses. Although they are locked in their room each night, every morning the princesses wake up with their slippers in rags, as if they had been dancing all night long. Who will solve the mystery of the tattered shoes and claim one of the princesses as their bride? With dazzling illustrations by acclaimed artist Alison Jay this is an enchanting retelling of a classic tale.

On That Christmas Night

On That Christmas Night

Author: Lois Rock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2016

Alison Jay has illustrated many books for children, and her beautiful paintings are instantly recognisable. In On That Christmas Night, see the story of the birth of Jesus interpreted in her own unique style, using vignettes, borders and full page art to accompany a sincere retelling of the Nativity. There are many intriguing people, animals and landscapes to look at along the way, bursting with new details to find with a young child, as you share the story of that special night.

Twelve Dancing Princesses

Twelve Dancing Princesses

Author: Kate Baker Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/09/2016

Long ago in a kingdom far away, there lived a king and his twelve beautiful princesses. Although they are locked in their room each night, every morning the princesses wake up with their slippers worn through, as if they had been dancing all night long. Who will solve the mystery of the tattered shoes and claim one of the princesses as their bride? With dazzling illustrations by Alison Jay, this is an enchanting retelling of a classic tale.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Board Book

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Board Book

Author: Lewis Carroll Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/06/2016

Prayers and Verses for Your First Holy Communion

Prayers and Verses for Your First Holy Communion

Author: Lois Rock Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/02/2016

Alison Jay has illustrated many books for children, and her beautiful paintings are instantly recognisable. In this anthology of prayers her unique style is used to accompany a variety of traditional prayers and prayers from the Bible. Full of intriguing people, animals and landscapes. Includes a dedication page and silver foil on the cover.

On That Christmas Night

On That Christmas Night

Author: Lois Rock Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2015

Alison Jay has illustrated many books for children, and her beautiful paintings are instantly recognisable. In this book see the story of the birth of Jesus interpreted in her own unique style, using vignettes, borders and full page art to accompany a sincere retelling of the Nativity. There are many intriguing people, animals and landscapes to look at along the way, bursting with new details to find with a young child, as you share the story of that special night.

The Emperor's New Clothes

The Emperor's New Clothes

Author: Marcus Sedgwick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2015

A reissue of this beautiful version of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, illustrated in Alison Jay's unique and attractive style. In this retelling by Marcus Sedgwick, the Emperor is a very proud and vain lion, served by his long-suffering Chamberlain and Treasurer. He wants to commission the finest set of robes ever seen! But the devious tailors have plans of their own... This new edition captures the charm of the timeless classic with a fresh new look.

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.

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Author: Katie Cotton Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2013

In this retelling of the ever-popular tale, Little Red Riding Hood goes to visit her grandmother and finds a rather larger, scarier wolf in her bed! After a frightening moment, the wolf is captured by a woodsman and granny is let out of the wardrobe. Young readers can also see the story of Hansel and Gretel being played out solely in pictures in the background, and spot motifs of other fairy tales.

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

Song of the Stars A Christmas Story

Song of the Stars A Christmas Story

Author: Sally Lloyd-Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/07/2011

The skies shouted it to the seas that thundered it to the waves that roared it to the great white whales that sang it to the starfish in the deep. And tiny sandpipers danced it on shining sands... It's time! It's time! On one quiet night, creation whispered a secret. Grass and bees, robins and trees all spread the word. Sheep told their young while angels sang the song to the shepherds. Hushed news of a miracle echoed to the ends of the earth. The moment had come. The long-awaited child had arrived! Creation cried out in celebration, but only a few people heard. Only a few joined nature's chorus, a song in praise of the newborn King.

Alison Jay ABC Flashcards

Alison Jay ABC Flashcards

Author: Alison Jay Format: Cards Release Date: 01/05/2011

These colourful flashcards offer more than just an opportunity to teach a child their ABC and expand their vocabulary. By using Alison Jay's artwork, with its hidden details and intricate scenes, the child is able to look beyond the letter and see what else is happening in the picture. With an easy-to-open,durable box, these glossy flashcards offer children the opportunity to learn letters and first words, as well as improving their observation skills.

Alison Jay My First Animal Cloth Book

Alison Jay My First Animal Cloth Book

Author: Emma Goldhawk Format: Rag book Release Date: 01/05/2011

Brand new cloth book format featuring Alison Jay's trademark crackle-glazed artwork. Soft cloth book is ideal for introducing books to babies and toddlers. Each page features a new animal, along with their name and the noise they make. Designed to entertain, engage and stimulate development. Introduce babies and toddlers to the bright, detailed world of Alison Jay with this brand new cloth book format. Creatures include a lion, mice, sheep, cows and pets. Young children can play with the book themselves, or grown-ups can stimulate development through an animal names and noises game.

Alison Jay's Fairytales

Alison Jay's Fairytales

Author: Alison Jay Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2010

This changing-picture book is a magical journey through Alison Jay's colourful world of fairy tales. Each page features a different well-known fairy tale.

Nursery Rhyme Rainbow

Nursery Rhyme Rainbow

Author: Alison Jay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2010

Animal Parade Stacking Boxes

Animal Parade Stacking Boxes

Author: Alison Jay Format: Other book format Release Date: 01/07/2010

Alison Jay's Nursery Rhyme Rainbow

Alison Jay's Nursery Rhyme Rainbow

Author: Alison Jay Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2009

Alison Jay takes us on an exciting adventure through the world of well-loved nursery rhymes. One brave young boy discovers the colours of the rainbow. After finding all the colours, the young boy manages to bring the rainbow back with him to the real world.

Listen, Listen in Lithuanian and English Paklausyk, ar Girdi?

Listen, Listen in Lithuanian and English Paklausyk, ar Girdi?

Author: Phillis Gershator Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2008

Listen, Listen in Hindi and English

Listen, Listen in Hindi and English

Author: Phillis Gershator Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2008

Listen, Listen in Bengali and English

Listen, Listen in Bengali and English

Author: Phillis Gershator Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2008

Listen, Listen in Albanian and English

Listen, Listen in Albanian and English

Author: Phillis Gershator Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2008

Listen, Listen in Polish and English Posluchaj..

Listen, Listen in Polish and English Posluchaj..

Author: Phillis Gershator Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2008

Listen, Listen in Czech and English

Listen, Listen in Czech and English

Author: Phillis Gershator Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2008

Listen, Listen

Listen, Listen

Author: Phillis Gershator Format: Board book Release Date: 01/09/2008

Introduce young readers to the sights and sounds of the year - from summer's sizzling sun to winter's crackling snow. Featuring breathtaking illustrations by internationally renowned illustrator, Alison Jay, this book will open your child's eyes and ears to the world around them!

Counting A Child's First 123

Counting A Child's First 123

Author: Alison Jay Format: Board book Release Date: 30/04/2008

In this enchanting counting adventure, follow the dreams of a sleeping girl and meet favourite characters from fairy tales and folk stories as you journey from one to ten and back again.

I Took the Moon for a Walk

I Took the Moon for a Walk

Author: Carolyn Curtis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2008

I Took the Moon for a Walk

I Took the Moon for a Walk

Author: Carolyn Curtis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2008

I Took the Moon for a Walk

I Took the Moon for a Walk

Author: Carolyn Curtis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2008

I Took the Moon for a Walk

I Took the Moon for a Walk

Author: Carolyn Curtis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2008

I Took the Moon for a Walk

I Took the Moon for a Walk

Author: Carolyn Curtis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2008

I Took the Moon for a Walk

I Took the Moon for a Walk

Author: Carolyn Curtis Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/04/2008

I Took the Moon for a Walk

I Took the Moon for a Walk

Author: Carolyn Curtis Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/04/2008

I Took the Moon for a Walk

I Took the Moon for a Walk

Author: Carolyn Curtis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2008

I Took the Moon for a Walk

I Took the Moon for a Walk

Author: Carolyn Curtis Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2008

Counting A Child's First 123

Counting A Child's First 123

Author: Alison Jay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2008

In this enchanting counting adventure, follow the dreams of a sleeping girl and meet favourite characters from fairy tales and folk stories as you journey from one to ten and back again.

I Took the Moon for a Walk

I Took the Moon for a Walk

Author: Carolyn Curtis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/01/2005

Embark on a dreamy, night-time jaunt with a young boy and the moon. Overcoming a fear of the dark and discovering the world at night lives at the heart of this poetic tale. Includes notes about the moon and plants and animals that thrive in the wee hours.

Alison Jay: A Child's First Alphabet

Alison Jay: A Child's First Alphabet

Author: Alison Jay Format: Board book Release Date: 01/11/2004

If Kisses Were Colours

If Kisses Were Colours

Author: Janet Lawler Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2003

A Child's First Book of Prayers

A Child's First Book of Prayers

Author: Lois Rock Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/07/2002

150 simple and sincere prayers for a child to treasure. Beautifully illustrated by Allison Jay, with prayers specially written and selected for children up to age 8, making the book an ideal gift for religious occasions from a baby's baptism to a child's first communion.

The Race

The Race

Author: Caroline Repchuk Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2001

I Took the Moon for a Walk

I Took the Moon for a Walk

Author: Carolyn Curtis Format: Board book Release Date: 01/06/1998

Embark on a dreamy, night-time jaunt with a young boy and the moon. Overcoming a fear of the dark and discovering the world at night lives at the heart of this poetic tale. Includes notes about the moon and plants and animals that thrive in the wee hours.

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