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Jan Pienkowski: a lifetime in books

Meg and Mog

The pop-up pioneer and creator of the iconic Meg and Mog series has won our Lifetime Achivement Award 2019.

Funny, moving and beautifully constructed, Jan Pieńkowski can move effortlessly between haunting fairy tales, well-meaning witches, elaborate feats of paper engineering, and early learning picture books for babies.

Below are 20 of our favourite books, covering a wide range of reading ages. If you've not yet introduced your child to Jan Pieńkowski, now is the perfect time to start...

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  • Meg and Mog

    Author: Helen Nicholl Illustrator: Jan Pienkowski

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  • Meg and Mog

    Author: Helen Nicholl Illustrator: Jan Pienkowski

    In this the first story about much-loved characters Meg the witch and Mog her cat, the pair go off to a wild Hallowe'en party with…

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  • Meg Goes to Bed

    Author: Helen Nicoll Illustrator: Jan Pienkowski

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  • Meg Goes to Bed

    Author: Helen Nicoll Illustrator: Jan Pienkowski

    Meg, Mog and Owl are a beloved addition to any picture book collection and this quirky fun tale is no exception.

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  • Meg at Sea

    Author: Helen Nicoll Illustrator: Jan Pieńkowski

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  • Meg at Sea

    Author: Helen Nicoll Illustrator: Jan Pieńkowski

    Meg, Mog and Owl go sailing, but when there is no wind Meg makes a spell to make it blow more strongly and inadvertently brews up …

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  • Dinner Time

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski; text by Anne Carter; paper engineering by Marcin Stajewski and James Roger Diaz

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  • Dinner Time

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski; text by Anne Carter; paper engineering by Marcin Stajewski and James Roger Diaz

    This pop-up classic from Pienkowski’s 80s heyday showcases his accessible snappy-jaws paper crafting, at a time when not many othe…

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  • Numbers

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski; lettering by Caroline Austin

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  • Numbers

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski; lettering by Caroline Austin

    This bright and original counting book for toddlers is full of Pieńkowski’s trademark bright, thick-outlined illustration.

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  • Meg in the Jungle

    Author: Jan Pienkowski & David Walser

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  • Meg in the Jungle

    Author: Jan Pienkowski & David Walser

    It’s Mog the cat’s birthday and she makes a wish… to go to the jungle! Jan Pienkowski’s artwork is full of bold colour, chara…

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  • Faces

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski; lettering by Caroline Austin

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  • Faces

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski; lettering by Caroline Austin

    Happy, sad, angry, shy: Jan Pieńkowski explores all manner of facial expressions and emotions in this bright and original book for…

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  • I'm Cat

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski

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  • I'm Cat

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski

    The autumnal colours in this clever yet simple board book (shaped like a cat’s head, with ears) are full of warmth, making this a …

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  • Yes No

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski; lettering by Caroline Austin

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  • Yes No

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski; lettering by Caroline Austin

    Yes/no, light/heavy, in/out, alive/dead: Jan Pieńkowski explores all manner of opposites in this bright and original book for todd…

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