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."
Brett's illustrations are always amazing. Nice to add a new book to read with the kids each Christmas.Published 1 month 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 4 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 9 months ago by Rumplefrogskin
Jan Brett is one of my favorite authors. Her illustrations are detailed and beautiful. Her stories are fanciful and fun. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Chaitea
Great book. Given as gifts to many over the years. Beautiful illustrations. Loved by those of all ages all Jan Brett books get 5 stars from us.!!Published 15 months ago by Petter Settli
I volunteer to read weekly....the students loved this story and paid special attention to the border pics. Jan Brett never fails!Published 15 months ago by Sarah allman