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Jelly Belly

by (author) Dennis Lee

illustrated by Juan Wijngaard

Key Porter Books
Initial publish date
Mar 2001
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2001
    List Price

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The delightful collection of children's poetry as you remember it, by the author of Alligator Pie, and illustrated by Juan Wijngaard.
Originally published in 1983, Jelly Belly tickles readers--children and grown-ups alike--with a whimsical and modern mix of humour and traditional Mother Goose charm. Almost 20 years later, Jelly Belly continues to be loved by young audiences in Canada and abroad.
This playful collection features rhymes that build on the nursery tradition, as well as interactive poems that combine actions and words in an entertaining romp. The vivid illustrations by Juan Wijngaard (winner of the 1981 Mother Goose Award) reveal wonders as readers follow the characters throughout the book and stumble upon new and fascinating visual treasures.
The poetry of Jelly Belly is the stuff of childhood--and the essence of the child in anyone who is young at heart. (2001)

About the authors

DENNIS LEE, Toronto’s first Poet Laureate and song lyricist for Fraggle Rock, is the author of enduringly popular children’s collections such as Alligator Pie, Garbage Delight, Jelly Belly, Bubblegum Delicious and The Ice Cream Store. He has received many honours, including the Vicky Metcalf Award for his body of work, and is also an acclaimed poet for adults. His poetry is anthologized and read aroUnd the world. He lives in Toronto.


JEREMY TANKARD was born in Cape Town, South Africa, but left at the age of five for a new life in the United States and then Canada. After attending the Alberta College of Art and Design, he worked as a graphic designer and typesetter before embarking on a career in illustration. His artwork has appeared in major publications such as Time Magazine and The New York Times, and his picture books—including Grumpy Bird, Boo Hoo Bird, Me Hungry!, Piggy Bunny, It’s a Tiger, and Here Comes Destructosaurus!—are hugely popular and widely acclaimed.


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JUAN WIJNGAARD worked as a children’s book illustrator after graduating from the Royal College of Art in London. He won the Kate Greenaway Medal for Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady.

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