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Jon Berkeley

Jon Berkeley(1962- )
Jon Berkeley was born in Dublin and began drawing at the age of two. Jon has worked for over twenty five years as a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and occasional columnist in Sydney, Hong Kong, London and Dublin, and now lives in a small town near Barcelona with his wife, Orna, and their five children, along with nine cats (at the last count) and two vintage dogs. He illustrates for Time magazine, The Sunday Times, Newsweek and The Economist among many others, and writes when he’s not illustrating. Here’s Jon Berkeley’s website and blog.

The Hidden Boy: Charming children’s story

The Hidden Boy by Jon Berkeley

Bea Flint’s family has won “the adventure of a lifetime” for seven people, so they grab Phoebe from next door, and Gabby, the clockwork girl who’s always lived in their house, and board the submarine bus for Bell Hoot. But while the bus is under water, Bea’s brother Theo disappears with a “pop.” When Bea and Phoebe set out to find Theo, they discover that Bell Hoot is not a normal vacation destination, that Bea’s family is not quite normal either, and what “the adventure of a lifetime” really means.

The Hidden Boy is a quick-paced, fun story with delightfully eccentric characters and an entertaining plot that never lags. Not much is believable (e.g., the Flints don’t ask Phoebe’s parents if they can take her with them, they let Bea explore Bell Hoot after Theo has disappeared and there are enemies around), but I didn’t mind — quirky tales can get ... Read More

More children’s fantasy from Jon Berkeley

The Wednesday Tales — (2006-2009) Ages 9-12. Publisher:  Miles Wednesday, orphaned, unwashed and living in a barrel, has never been to a circus before — but then the Circus Oscuro is no ordinary circus. There’s a strange beast called The Null and an array of sinister-looking clowns, and when an unusual little girl with wings falls from a tower during the performance, Miles’s life is changed forever. As Miles and Little embark on an extraordinary journey to rescue two friends who have been captured at the Palace of Laughter, they discover nothing less than the power of friendship and the gift of family.

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