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Snowbirds: Abrams 2020

14 Wolves: Bloomsbury 2021

JOY

Walker Books, UK, June 2019

Written by Yasmeen Ismail and illustrated by Jenni Desmond

A delightfully upbeat read-aloud picture book, perfect to share with very young children.

“Bounce bounce, ding-a-ling, ring ring, let’s sing! I feel joy!” From an award-winning author and illustrator pairing comes an irresistibly energetic read-aloud picture book. Join the bouncy little kitten as she plays with her favourite toy and – uh oh – falls down with a trip-trip-slip. But with a little hug, a kiss and a squeeze, she’s going to be just fine. A truly joyful celebration of the love between parent and child.

The Elephant

Enchanted Lion, USA, November 2018

Written and illustrated by Jenni Desmond

In this, Jenni Desmond’s third nonfiction children’s book about one of the large, endangered animals of Earth, we join a young boy as he learns about the elephant in Africa and Asia.

A Publisher's Weekly Best Book of 2018

A The Children’s Book Review Best Non-Fiction Picture Book of 2018

A 2018 EUREKA! Honor Award Winner

A CBC October 2018 Hot Off the Press selection

​★ Desmond's illustrations are show-stoppers ... A memorable introduction to a living wonder."

STARRED REVIEW, Booklist

★ "There are quite a few children's books about these magnificent, endangered mammals, and this one is among the best" -

STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews

★ "An affectionate and informative celebration of two magnificent species."

STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly

★"The mixed-media illustrations are both informative and beautifully executed"

STARRED REVIEW, The Horn Book

"illustrations that are scientifically accurate, strikingly detailed, and beautifully rendered...unreservedly recommended..."

The Midwest Book Review

Translations: Catalan, Complex & Simplified Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Korean

Migration

Bloomsbury, UK, May 2018

Written by Mike Unwin and illustrated by Jenni Desmond

Animals of all shapes and sizes make epic journeys across our planet, through harsh weather, avoiding hungry predators, in their efforts to survive. Travel around the globe with some of the world's most incredible animals and discover their unique migration stories.

Follow the amazing migrations of these 20 creatures: Arctic tern, barn swallow, bar-headed goose, ruby-throated hummingbird, osprey, wandering albatross, whooping crane, emperor penguin, African elephant, blue wildebeest, caribou, straw-coloured fruit bat, humpback whale, green turtle, Southern pilchard, salmon, great white shark, monarch butterfly, globe skimmer dragonfly, Christmas Island red crab'

Nominated: CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2019

Shortlisted: German Literature Prize 2019

Selected: The Original Art exhibition 2019 by The Society of Illustrators, NY, USA

Best Books of 2019 (Publishers Weekly USA)

Best Books of 2018 (The Guardian UK)

dazzling images that make turning every page of this book a delight...shimmer on the page, capturing the fragility and abundance of the natural world.

STARRED REVIEW, Publisher's Weekly

'Mike Unwin and illustrator Jenni Desmond...know just how to make children’s precious imaginations soar.'

Best Children's Books of 2018 (The Guardian)

Translations: Chinese, Croatian, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, USA

I Have A Little Seedling

Simon & Schuster USA/Little Simon, April 2018

Written by Cari Meister and illustrated by Jenni Desmond

'In this sweet board book, a little seedling needs some rain, bright sunshine, and gentle hands to care for it, so that one day, it can spread its roots and grow into a mighty tree--just like the child that grows up beside it. A lovely book for parents to share about growing roots and branching out.'

Blue Monster Wants It All 

Little Tiger Press, UK, January 2018

Written by Jeanne Willis and Illustrated by Jenni Desmond

Blue Monster loves brand new things. A fancy new hat . . . a shiny submarine . . . a fabulous funfair . . . and a paradise island, all of his own. But he’s still not happy! What will it take for Blue Monster to realise there are some things that money can’t buy?  An original, humorous and unforgettable fable from the creators of the award-winning The First Slodge, perfect for introducing little ones to the idea of materialism and helping them realise the importance of family.

'A wild and witty adventure with exuberantly naive pictures'

The Sunday Times

‘A brilliantly written and beautifully illustrated picture book which will make children and grown-ups think’

David Walliams

'Children will pore over the detail, such as the monster-shaped skyscrapers and the amusingly exasperated rabbits who feature throughout, and the colourful exuberance on the final page will thrill them...a firm favourite' 

Booktrust

Some adults could learn a thing from this heartfelt kids’ book

The Sun

Translations: Finnish, German, Portuguese, USA

On The Night Of The Shooting Star

Candlewick Press USA/ Walker UK Autumn 2017

Written by Amy Hest and Illustrated by Jenni Desmond

Bunny looks at Dog,  Dog looks at Bunny.  They had seen a shooting star.  But now it is gone.  A lyrical, touching, and timely picture book about finding the courage to say "I could be your friend".

'While many stories about making friends begin with a lonely characters yearning for companionship, this picture book introduces two who are content to be alone, but find that friendship brings them great happiness. A wonderful read-aloud choice.'

Booklist (starred review)

'Desmond's mixed-media illustrations juxtapose simply rendered animals, charming household details, and lovely full-bleed expanses of starry sky and moonlit lake. A gentle, empathetic tribute to the value of reaching out to welcome a new friend.'

Kirkus

'Enchantingly fresh, this lighthearted tale of friendship deserves a place in every picture book collection.'

School Library Journal

Translations:  Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Taiwanese

The Polar Bear

Enchanted Lion Books USA November 2016

Written and Illustrated by Jenni Desmond

A factually accurate as well as a poetic exploration of polar bear bodies, habits, and habitats.  A sequel to The Blue Whale (2015)

A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book Award 2016

Best Non-Fiction (Nature) of 2016 (Huffington Post)

Best Science Books and Best Children's Books of 2016 (Brainpickings)

Best Science Books of 2016 (PRI Science Friday)

Selected for The Original Art exhibition 2017 by The Society of Illustrators, New York, USA

'An Enchanting and informative title...a must have for elementary non-fiction collections everywhere'

(School Library Journal starred review)

'Ever changing moods and spectacular scenes of Arctic life'

(New York Times)

'Fresh perspectives...gorgeous double page spreads... Desmond adds some wit and whimsy to her fact-based presentation'

(Washington Post- Best Children's Books)

'This book sets a high bar for modern picture book non-fiction.'

(Huffington Post)

Translations: Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Swedish, Taiwanese, Turkish

Albert's Tree

Walker Books UK April 2016

Written and Illustrated by Jenni Desmond

 

Waa! Waa! Waa! Albert's favourite tree won't stop crying. What can be the matter? How can the bear cheer up his old friend? A funny and charming picture book about making friends in the most unexpected places from the award-winning Jenni Desmond.

 

Best Children's Books Spring 2016 (Huffington Post)


'...few are as cleverly put together and as witty as Albert's little adventure'

Kirkus (starred review) 2018

'The gorgeous, atmospheric illustrations transport the reader to the heart of the forest...(a) heat-warming tale'

Booktrust 2016

'A gorgeous tale of friendship and sharing'

Huffington Post 2016

'A glorious thing to behold'

Books For Keeps 2016

'...You'll feel like cheering out loud.  Albert, you join the honour roll of the greatest storybook bears of all time. What an utterly superb book of the week.'

Read it Daddy 2016

 

'The inky brown bear, looks good enough to hug and you can almost feel the rugged bark on the tree...A tender tale'

Picturebooks Blogger 2016

 

Translations: Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, USA

 

 

The Tiger Protector

WWF Save The Tiger UK

Christmas 2016

Written by Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Jenni Desmond

A story about a wounded tiger who is taken in by a youngster.  You can personalise the story to feature an adult and child of your choice, making each copy unique.

There are only around 3,900 tigers remaining in the wild. They've been killed and their habitats destroyed.

Become a Tiger Protector today for just £5 a month, and help WWF protect this majestic species and the amazing world we live in.

The Blue Whale 

Enchanted Lion Books USA May 2015

Written and Illustrated by Jenni Desmond

 

A nonfiction picture book, The Blue Whale draws children into the life and world of this enormous whale by situating facts within a familiar context that is fun and engaging.

New York Public Library top 100 Books for Reading & Sharing

Huffington Post Honorable Mention 

Maryland Library Association Honor Book 2016

Shortlisted - Red Clover Award Vermont'17

Shortlisted - Sakura Medal Japan'17

'Filled with strikingly beautiful watercolor illustrations, the book shows what impossible fun it would be to hang out in such close proximity to the majestic blue whale.'

Washington Post -'The best children's books for June'

 

'Destined to leave readers’ jaws permanently dropped...

Desmond’s mixed-media images exude warmth and quiet humor... A thorough, rewarding tribute to a majestic animal.'

Publishers Weekly starred review 2015

 

'A series of delicately wrought, eventful pictures, many of which offer amusing visual comparisons to help children grasp the magnitude of the animal.'

Wall St Journal 2015

 

'Whale lovers will breach with happiness over this rich, artful mix of fact and frolic.'

Kirkus Reviews 2015

 

'Endlessly wonderful from cover to cover'

Brainpickings 2015

 

Translations: Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Dutch, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Taiwanese, Turkish

The First Slodge

Little Tiger Press, UK, April 2015

Written by Jeanne Willis and illustrated by

Jenni Desmond

 

Once upon a slime, there was a Slodge. The first Slodge in the universe. She saw the first moon and stars, the first fruits and flowers. "Mine, all mine!" she said. But what if there was not just one Slodge ...but two?

Winner of Junior Design Awards - Best Emerging Talent: Illustrator'15

 

Bronze Award - Prima Baby Awards'15

Shortlisted - English 4-11 Picture Book Awards'15

'A new text from Jeanne Willis is always a cause for celebration and this pairing with new illustration talent Jenni Desmond could introduce her writing to a style-savvy audience.'

Books For Keeps 2015 (5/5 stars)

 

An inviting setting for readers to explore themes of friendship, sharing, and stewardship.'

Publishers Weekly 2015

 

'Written like a spider's web - delicate and strong - The First Slodge contains equally impressive illustrations.'

Playing By the Book 2015

 

'The First Slodge is an original read with a superb sense of judgement and understanding, and I would gift this book to any child, young or old.'

Children's Books Ireland 2015

Translations: Greek, USA

The Zebra Who Ran Too Fast

Walker Books, UK, July 2014

Written and Illustrated by Jenni Desmond

 

Zebra, Elephant and Bird are three best friends together. Then one day, they all fall out because Zebra runs TOO fast and doesn't listen to his friends. Only then do they all discover the true meaning of friendship. 

 

'I think they really identified with the story and even the smallest (Ned) seemed to enjoy the lovely artwork. The story is basically about friendship, doing your own thing and being a bit stubborn. Its one of those ones which you can read over and over again and never tire of.' 

Being a Mummy 2014

 

'The use of mixed media adds depth and energy to the pages, and then you have her beautifully designed characters, filled with subtle expression in their posture or the simple line of their eyes.'

Magpie That 2014

 

Translations: Chinese x2, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil)

 

Red Cat Blue Cat (Debut book)

Blue Apple Books USA 2012

Written and illustrated by Jenni Desmond

 

Fur flies and feline friendships form as two cats of different colors find that, with a little effort, they can be themselves and make a perfect blend.

 

Winner - Cambridgeshire 'Read it Again' Picture Book Award 2013.  

`Winner - Prix Des Incorruptibles 2016 (French edition) 

El Pais top ten picture books of 2013 (Spanish edition) 

'a generous dose of humor, adept storytelling and spot-on detail.'

New York Times 2012

'With tongue-in-cheek humor, Desmond kneads at the complex emotions underlying friendships, without overemphasizing the message about appreciating oneself.'

Publishers Weekly 2012

 

'Red Cat, Blue Cat turns out not only to be beautiful but also witty, original, and jam-packed with joie de vivre; a gentle and humorous exploration of identity, envy and friendship.'

Playing By The Book 2012

Translations: French, Spanish, Catalan, Korean, Chinese

 

 

Eric The Boy Who Lost His Gravity

Blue Apple Books USA 2014

Written and Illustrated by Jenni Desmond

 

When little sister Alice messes up his train set, Eric gets angry.  When she knocks over his tower? He gets angrier.  But when she pulls down his tent, and he is sent to his room- which is NOT FAIR- Eric doesn't just lose his temper.  

 

'To those of us who do not draw well, it is a constant wonder how much feeling an illustrator can convey with the slightest squiggle of a pencil or brush. In "Eric, the Boy Who Lost His Gravity", Jenni Desmond works this magic with a pencil...in this emotionally tumultuous picture book for 5- to 9-year-olds.'

Wall Street Journal 2014

 

'Desmond’s drawings of Eric’s and Alice’s mood changes have a comics sensibility to them, with anarchic, scrawled facial expressions. But she also combines collage and drawing to supply a comforting setting in which strong emotions can play out.'

Publishers Weekly 2014

 

Translation: Korean

 

Backstage Cat

Blue Apple Books USA 2013

Written by Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Jenni Desmond

 

A runaway kitty named Simon introduces kids to what it takes to put on a show and have a moment in the spotlight. It's a kid-pleasing peek at a fascinating world the draws both stardom-seekers and those who prefer to remain behind the scenes.

 

'Harriet Ziefert's entertaining story gives Jenni Desmond plenty of scope for doing something she is an absolute expert at - conveying the sense of busy chaotic and frenetic action that takes place when cats start to misbehave. It's also an interesting insight into the inner workings of a theatre production as we get to find out that the star isn't the only person involved. An utterly beautiful book combining Ziefert's concise and expert observations with Desmond's utterly beautiful illustrative style...a winning combination of talent and a superb book.'

Read it Daddy 2013

 

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Mister Orange

Enchanted Lion Books USA 2013

Written by Truus Matti

Translated from Dutch by Laura Watkinson

Illustrated by Jenni Desmond

 

 

A 1940s NYC boy talks with Mondrian, known only as Mr. Orange, about the war, the future, creativity, and color.

 

Winner: Batchelder Award 2014

 

'Matti offers a compact middle-grade novel that is involving and informative. Written with clarity and simplicity, this accessible book features deftly drawn characters and a nuanced view of family life on the American home front, as well as insights into Mondrian's personality and paintings. An original.'

STARRED REVIEW, Booklist 2013

 

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Albert's Tree