Jez Alborough is the author and illustrator of over 45 books for children. His Eddy and the Bear trilogy (which began with the much-loved Where's My Teddy in 1992) has sold nearly four and a half million copies and was made into an award-winning animated television series.
Duck in the Truck (published in 1999) heralded the start of another bestselling series, this time featuring the irrepressible Duck and his three friends - Frog, Goat and Sheep. There are currently nine books in the Duck series and 1.2 million copies have been sold.
In 2000 Jez created Hug - a powerful and touching book of only three words about a baby chimpanzee called Bobo who loses his Mom. Oprah Winfrey raved about it on her show when she chose it for her recommended reading list while Richard Curtis (the writer and director of Four Weddings and a Funeral) selected it as one of his ‘Best Books’, calling it ‘classic family drama which holds up well next to Jez’s other masterpieces.’ Bobo went on to star in two more classics; Tall ( which along with Hug won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Book Award ) and Yes. The series has sold 1.76 million copies.
Jez’s latest publication is Nat the Cat's Sunny Smile, the first book in a new rhyming series featuring Hugo the Hare and Billy the Goat. You can share Nat the Cat's journey from idea to publication in my Nat the Cat Blog.
Jez lives in West London and is a keen musician and music lover. You can read The Jackals Journal, his blog about his adventures as a guitarist in a blues band, here; he has written more about music in the Articles section.