With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.
As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."
As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."
Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."
A Christmas classic in our home! Every Jan Brett book is filled with the most stunning illustrations imaginable! Read morePublished 7 days ago by Katherine W.
The art work is beautiful. This was delivered quickly and in perfect condition. I am very pleased with my purchase.Published 10 days ago by Alison Vuahghan
Oh how we loved this book! My boys are grown now, but Jan Brett's books were a 'staple' in our house! If we didn't own them, we'd borrow them from the library. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Ted's Mom
Brett's illustrations are always amazing. Nice to add a new book to read with the kids each Christmas.Published 5 months ago by Stephanie Cloes Engstrom
I use this product every day. It is easy to use. I like that I can order it and have at my door in just a few daysPublished 8 months ago by Jackie V.
We are big Jan Brett fans and love her troll books. The pictures are wonderful and the storyline fun to read.Published 10 months ago by Santa's Elf
And the engaging story! Our grandchildren can't wait to find clues to the story in the darling and detailed artwork filling every page. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Pat
I purchased this book as a gift for my granddaughters and they loved the book. Jan Brett's illustrations are, as always, fascinating. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sharon L. Piper
If you aren't familiar with Jan Brett's work, Christmas is a good time to start with this book. The artwork is superb, with a wealth of small details that will delight younger... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rumplefrogskin