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The First Slodge
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Jeanne is an internationally acclaimed children's author. Her work has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Red House Children's Book Award and the Nestle Children's Book Prize. She was also shortlisted for the Whitbread Award in 2004. She lives in London with her husband and two children. When she's not in her East London studio, you can find Jenni Desmond cooking, cycling, and swapping city life for long hikes down by the sea shore or up in the hills and the mountains. Having graduated with a master's degree in children's book illustration from the Cambridge School of Art (UK), her debut picture book Red Cat Blue Cat won the Cambridgeshire Read it Again! Award in 2012. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages since, and in 2015 Jenni was named Best Emerging Talent (Illustrator) at the Junior Design Awards (UK). In 2016, she was made a Maurice Sendak Fellow and her book The Polar Bear became a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the year.

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Part quirky creation myth, part friendship fable... an inviting setting for readers to explore themes of friendship, sharing, and stewardship. -- Publishers Weekly
Written like a spider's web - delicate and strong - The First Slodge contains equally impressive illustrations, full of flowing movement and energy with a sumptuous palette of soothing and sophisticated greens and blues. -- Playing By the Book Blog
A witty tale of a strange creature who wants to keep everything to itself, the message underlying this book is that sharing and friendship are far more rewarding than ownership. We like the originality and the simple illustrations. -- Mr Fox Magazine
We love the way this book wraps up - with a joyous page spread celebrating the diversity of life and how we truly do take for granted how we share our space in the world with a zillion other amazing creatures. But ... The Slodge is definitely the star and we absolutely ADORE her, squishy and green as she is! -- Read It Daddy Blog
Learning to take a place in society and to become yourself amongst others that share the world with you is a large undertaking for a children's picturebook. But with careful text and sensitivity towards the Slodge and her journey, Jeanne Willis has pulled it off beautifully. This coupled with Jenni Desmond's friendly, playful illustrations (with fantastic facial expressions) deliver the large undertaking marvellously. The First Slodge is an original read with a superb sense of judgement and understanding, and I would gift this book to any child, young or old. * Children's Books Ireland *
A new text from Jeanne Willis is always a cause for celebration and this pairing with new illustration talent Jenni Desmond could introduce her fabulous writing to a style-savvy audience... [The First Slodge] is a gentle story that will capture the imagination and create conversation. A brilliant book, recommended for all! -- Books for Keeps

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