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P. J. Lynch - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

P.J. Lynch has won many awards throughout his incredible illustrative career, including the Mother Goose Award, the Christopher Medal three times, the Irish Bisto Book of the Year award and the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal on two occasions, first for The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski, and again for When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest. He lives in Dublin with his wife and their three young children.

"I was born and brought up in Belfast. It was a scary place to be when I was a teenager in the 1970s, so holidays at my mother’s family farm were especially important for my brothers, my sister and me. 'Holiday' may not be the right word as we worked really hard every day we were there – but we loved it! My mother particularly encouraged my drawing. I’m sure that for me, burying myself in books, and the little worlds it created on a page, was a good way of escaping for a while from the horrors that were happening around me in the real world.

"I think I may have been having too good a time of it for too long. I certainly skated through my thirties with hardly a care in the world. But what was it all about? Settling down with Barbara and having our own two young sons, Ben and Sam, has changed me in very profound ways. As has the death of my father. I hope it is all making me a better, more thoughtful person.

"I like to think that I’m improving as an artist. I’m certainly always trying new things and continuing to draw from the life model whenever I can. I’m very excited by digital technology and I try to use it in subtle ways to improve my work. Hopefully one day, I’ll produce books that are utterly different from my recognized styles. Too many illustrators plough the same old furrow for years and years. With A Christmas Carol, I tried to get back to a much more 'drawn' look. Some of my pictures have just got way too much work put into them."

Find out more about P.J. Lynch at his website.


Things you didn't know about P.J. Lynch

   1. Married life begins at forty, for me anyway. I got married to Barbara on my fortieth birthday.

   2. I’ve tried to learn at least seven musical instruments and have given up on    all of them.

   3. I have illustrated four sets of Christmas stamps for the Irish post office.

   4. In my spare time I do sculpture and large oil paintings.

   5. My favourite place to get away is to Dromahaire, Co Leitrim.

   6. My favourite illustrators are Gennady Spirin, Lizbeth Zwerger and Alan Lee.

   7. My studio is right in the centre of Dublin – great for people-watching and parade-watching.

   8. Italy is my favourite country after Ireland.

   9. I always loved playing soccer but had to give it up because of a knee injury a few years ago.

  10. Johnny Depp is my hero.

Featured books by P. J. Lynch

Other books by P. J. Lynch

The Dog Who Lost His Bark

The Dog Who Lost His Bark

Author: Eoin Colfer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2019

A warm, uplifting story for young readers about a boy and his dog and the power of music to heal; a first-time collaboration from two Irish Children's Laureates. Patrick has been desperate for a dog of his own for a long as he can remember - and this summer, with his father away, he longs for a buddy more than ever. In his short doggy life, Oz has suffered at the hands of BAD PEOPLE. Somewhere out there, he believes, is an AWESOME BOY - his BOY. Maybe when they find each other he will learn to BARK again...

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

Author: Hans Christian Andersen, Naomi Lewis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

Hans Christian Andersen's powerful and haunting tale describes how a one-legged tin soldier falls in love with a proud dancer from the same toy collection. The soldier valiantly endures the various trials inflicted on him because of his love, and remains steadfast until he meets his end.

The Names upon the Harp

The Names upon the Harp

Author: Marie Heaney Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/10/2016

. . . There is Balor of the evil eye, whose very glance meant death; the wicked queen Aoife who turned children into swans; and Oisin, who followed his love to her city beneath the waves . . . Featuring beautiful colour illustrations by Irish Children's Laureate and twice Kate Greenaway winner P. J. Lynch, and a previously unpublished poem by Seamus Heaney, this is a stunning collection to cherish forever.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2016

The new Laureate na nOg P.J. Lynch captures the spirit of Dickens's beloved tale in a richly illustrated, unabridged paperback edition. A Christmas Carol has become as much a part of Christmas as trees, stockings and mistletoe. Ireland's new Children's Laureate P.J. Lynch breathes new life into Dickens's classic ghostly tale for this magnificent paperback edition. Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean old skinflint, and our story opens on a Christmas Eve as cold as his heart. In the dead of night, Scrooge is visited by the tormented ghost of his old friend Jacob Marley. Having led a selfish, miserly life, Marley can find no peace in death: his spirit has wandered the earth for seven years. To avoid the same fate, Scrooge sets off on a hair-raising journey through his past, present and future. Will he see the error of his ways before it's too late? First published in 1843, P.J. Lynch's detailed and atmospheric artwork for this lavish, unabridged edition conjures up Dickensian London and its inhabitants with breathtaking immediacy.

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

Author: Susan Wojciechowski Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2015

The spirit of Christmas heals a sorrowing woodcarver's heart in this stunning 20th anniversary edition of a Kate Greenaway winning festive classic. A stunning 20th anniversary edition of a Kate Greenaway winning Christmas classic, this is the poignant tale of Jonathan Toomey. Although Jonathan is the best woodcarver in the valley, he is always alone and never smiles. No one knows about the mementos of his lost wife and child that he keeps in an unopened drawer. But one early winter's day, a widow and her young son approach him with a gentle request - a request which leads to a joyful miracle. This moving, lyrical tale which unfolds with mastery, humour and emotional force, has been widely hailed by critics and readers as a true Christmas classic, and is gloriously illustrated by the inimitable P.J. Lynch.

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower, or John Howland's Good Fortune

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower, or John Howland's Good Fortune

Author: P. J. Lynch Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2015

In the first book he has both written and illustrated, master artist P.J. Lynch brings a Mayflower voyager's story to vivid life. Illustrator P.J. Lynch brings a young, honest perspective to a pivotal moment in American history in this powerful and vividly illustrated story of the Pilgrims. At a young age, John Howland learned what it meant to take advantage of an opportunity. Leaving the docks of London on the Mayflower as a servant to Pilgrim John Carver, John little knew that he was embarking on the adventure of a lifetime. By his good fortune, John survived falling overboard on the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, and he earned his keep ashore by helping to scout a safe harbour and landing site for his bedraggled and ill shipmates. Would his luck continue to hold amid the dangers and adversity of the Pilgrims' lives in New England? In the first book he has both written and illustrated, P.J. Lynch tells a personal story of American's colonization with precise and exquisite detail, from the light on the froth of a breaking wave to the immediate, questioning voice of a young man in a new world.

Mysterious Traveller

Mysterious Traveller

Author: Mal Peet, Elspeth Graham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2014

A moving and beautifully researched story about camels, lost princesses and the strength of wisdom and knowledge, stunningly illustrated by P.J. Lynch. This is the second tale in a trilogy from acclaimed storytellers Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham. This one begins with a disgruntled camel, desperately trying to protect a little baby from a violent desert storm whipping up all around him. He is rescued by Issa - the desert guide - who takes the child in, naming her Mariama. She becomes Issa's family and, as he begins to lose his sight, his eyes. Many years later, a mysterious stranger arrives at their doorstep, a stranger who will change both their lives for ever...

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Author: Hans Christian Andersen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2009

The classic story of Kay, the little boy whose heart and eye are pierced by a splinter of glass and who turns against his playmate, Gerda. When Kay is carried off by the beautiful but cruel Snow Queen, Gerda sets off in search of him. 'P. J. Lynch's lovely illustrations call on all sorts of styles, quoting Rackham and Dulac and Rockwell.' THE GUARDIAN

Pj Lynch Classic Christmas Collection

Pj Lynch Classic Christmas Collection

Author: P. J. Lynch Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2009

This title contains three glorious Christmas stories, beautifully illustrated by award-winning illustrator P.J.Lynch. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey , A Christmas Carol and The Gift of the Magi are brought together in a wonderful three volume slipcase, lavishly packaged and produced. This stunning slipcase makes a truly wonderful seasonal gift. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey sees a grumpy old man and a lonely mother and son make friends; A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens tells the famous story of how miserly Ebenezer Scrooge learns the error of his ways and rekindles the joys of Christmas spirit; and O'Henry's The Gift of the Magi is the wonderful story of a poor young couple who try to buy each other something special for Christmas and end up giving each other the greatest gift of all. This is a timeless Christmas collection.

East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon

East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon

Author: Naomi Lewis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2004

This traditional Norwegian fairy tale is an epic story of a bewitched prince and the determined lassie who loves him, rags and riches, hags and heroism, magic and mystery, a curse and a quest, and wicked trolls with some of the longest noses ever seen!

When Jessie Came Across the Sea

When Jessie Came Across the Sea

Author: Amy Hest Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/1999

In an inspiring pairing, Amy Hest and P.J. Lynch create an unforgettable tribute to the immigrant experience. Jessie lives with her grandmother in a poor village in the valleys of eastern Europe. When, to everyone's surprise, young Jessie is chosen by the village rabbi to travel to America, and to leave her grandmother behind, they both feel their hearts will break. Award-winning author Amy Hest brings her sure and inspired touch to the story of our immigrant heritage as she follows Jessie across the ocean to a new life--and a new love--in America.

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