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Jan Pienkowski: a lifetime in books

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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

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Meg and Mog

    Author: Helen Nicholl Illustrator: Jan Pienkowski

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 5+

    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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  • Haunted House

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Haunted House

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

    Enjoy a tour of this spooky old house where a spine-tingling surprise lurks in every dark corner.

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  • Meg Goes to Bed

    Author: Helen Nicoll Illustrator: Jan Pienkowski

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 4+

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  • Meg Goes to Bed

    Author: Helen Nicoll Illustrator: Jan Pienkowski

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 4+

    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

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Meg at Sea

    Author: Helen Nicoll Illustrator: Jan Pieńkowski

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 5+

    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

    Interest level: 3-5

    Reading age: 5-6

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  • Dinner Time

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

    Interest level: 3-5

    Reading age: 5-6

    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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  • Meg Comes to School

    Author: Author Helen Nicoll Illustrator: Jan Pienkowski

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Meg Comes to School

    Author: Author Helen Nicoll Illustrator: Jan Pienkowski

    Interest level: 3-5

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    When Meg attends Owl's school sports day in a very unusual hat, everyone is in for a big surprise!

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  • Good Night: A Pop-Up Lullaby

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski; paper engineering by Helen Balmer and Martin Taylor

    Interest level: 3-5

    Reading age: 5-6

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  • Good Night: A Pop-Up Lullaby

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski; paper engineering by Helen Balmer and Martin Taylor

    Interest level: 3-5

    Reading age: 5-6

    This joyously varied big hardback pop-up picture book uses rhyme to weave a raft of unusual animals into the bedtime routine, remi…

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  • Numbers

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski; lettering by Caroline Austin

    Interest level: 2-3

    Reading age: N/A

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  • Numbers

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski; lettering by Caroline Austin

    Interest level: 2-3

    Reading age: N/A

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

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  • ABC Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski; paper engineering by Rodger Smith and Helen Balmer; computer lettering by Jane Walmsley and Hilary Saunders

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5-7

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  • ABC Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski; paper engineering by Rodger Smith and Helen Balmer; computer lettering by Jane Walmsley and Hilary Saunders

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5-7

    This big format dinosaur pop-up book may not contain any information about the dinos features, but it’s the pop-up papercraft that…

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  • Meg in the Jungle

    Author: Jan Pienkowski & David Walser

    Interest level: 2-4

    Reading age: 5-6

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  • Meg in the Jungle

    Author: Jan Pienkowski & David Walser

    Interest level: 2-4

    Reading age: 5-6

    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

    Interest level: 2-3

    Reading age: N/A

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  • Faces

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski; lettering by Caroline Austin

    Interest level: 2-3

    Reading age: N/A

    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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  • The First Christmas

    Author: Jan Pienkowski

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • The First Christmas

    Author: Jan Pienkowski

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 6+

    Jan Pienkowski's silhouette illustrations lend an air of mystery and drama to this text, taken from the King James Bible.

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  • I'm Cat

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski

    Interest level: 1-2

    Reading age: N/A

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  • I'm Cat

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski

    Interest level: 1-2

    Reading age: N/A

    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

    Interest level: 2-3

    Reading age: N/A

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  • Yes No

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski; lettering by Caroline Austin

    Interest level: 2-3

    Reading age: N/A

    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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