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Jonathan Langley (born 1952)


Jonathan Langley (born 1952)

Jonathan Langley was born in Lancaster on 31 October 1952. He studied at Lancaster College of Art, Liverpool College of Art, the Central School of Art and Design and Camberwell School of Art. Quickly establishing himself as a freelance illustrator and designer, he has been greatly in demand in a variety of fields, particularly as a children’s book illustrator. His work was first shown at Chris Beetles in 1986.
Although he has illustrated classic books such as
The Wind in the Willows (1984), The Wizard of Oz (1985) and three of Kipling’s Just So Stories (1988), Langley is best known for his million-selling nursery rhyme books and his retelling and illustrating of much-loved nursery tales, including The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Little Red Riding Hood, as well as the popular farmyard series of books written by Michael Rosen: Snore!, Oww! and Shoo!
It is his anarchic sense of humour, seen in both illustrations and text, which appeals particularly to children. Parents worldwide will testify to nightly re-readings of his books and millions of well- thumbed, broken-backed and dog-eared copies of his works reside on the nursery shelf beside the favourite teddy.

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