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Jennie Poh

Jennie was born in London and spent her formative years in Malaysia, returning to the UK at the age of nine. She fell in love with the Norfolk countryside and feels a deep connection with nature and conservation, which heavily influences her work.

Jennie studied Fine Art at The Surrey Institute of Art & Design, alongside illustration courses at Central St Martins.

She mainly works digitally but enjoys making her own paintbrushes and textures, using any natural materials such as leaves, bark, flowers, and anything else she may find while out walking. She has a love of watercolour and indian inks which make wonderful splatters and splodges!

Jennie’s clients include Bloomsbury, Little Tiger Press, Harrods, Magination Press, Baker Publishing, Capstone Publishing, Sleeping Bear Press, Lantana Press and Eden Cooper.

Jennie lives in Surrey with her two daughters and a mischievous marmalade cat.

Jennie Poh is represented by Arabella Stein — to work with Jennie please email Arabella

Awards

‘The Pirate Tree’ illustrated by Jennie Poh selected for the Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year 2020. Written by Brigita Orel and published by Lantana.

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‘The Pirate Tree’ shortlisted for the Derby Book Festival Children’s Picture Book Award 2020

Reviews

“This beautiful picture book starts right at the beginning of Little Turtle’s life as she pushes out of her egg and pulls herself across the beach to the sea. We follow her life story through the stunningly illustrated blues and greens of the ocean. Little Turtle is a delightful character with the cutest little smile and a face full of expression as she happily swims around the ocean making friends wherever she goes… The picture book is a beautiful and hopeful introduction to young children about the threat of plastic to marine life and the natural world under the sea.” Review by the BookTrust for ‘Little Turtle and the Sea’, written by Becky Davies, published by Little Tiger

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” The stories are simple, and the fairies are frequently indistinguishable as characters, but the full-color artwork’s cheery palette and use of textures and patterns, as well as the friendly, rounded animal forms and spindly fairies, hold great appeal.

An aesthetically pleasing fairy-fix.” — Kirkus Review for ‘Superfairies’ by Janey-Louise Jones, illustrated by Jennie Poh.

“Though Herbie is unquestionably an adorable hedgehog, Poh deftly captures a child’s mixed feelings about separation and exploration. She reminds young readers that separation from loved ones does not mean being forsaken. The story’s autumn backdrop mirrors Herbie’s transition into independence as he enters the world with curiosity. Poh’s lively illustrations sweep readers into the young hedgehog’s exciting adventure, and though they reveal that Herbie’s imagination is a little grandiose, they also deeply respect his burgeoning autonomy.

A charming story that explores a child’s newfound independence.” — Kirkus Review for ‘Herbie’s Big Adventure’ by Jennie Poh.

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