Jez was born in Kingston upon Thames in 1959. He went to art school in Norwich and then set about entering the competitve world of children's books. Jez has now written and illustrated over thirty picture books for children, he was runner up of the 1985 Mother Goose Award with his first book Bare Bear. Jez lives in Richmond, Surrey, with his Danish wife.
K-Gr 2-After reading Super Duck, Duck dons a cape and mask and tries a variety of ways to get Goat's kite up in the air. His friends patiently let him try his own ideas, like using a truck to fly the kite, before coming up with their own conventional solutions. Finally the superhero comes through with an unexpected maneuver. Alborough's short, amusing rhyming couplets keep the text moving along fluidly, making the book a good choice for storytimes. Each spread has several panels of illustrations, which will remind readers of other, more successful superheroes. The characters' movements and energy sometimes cause them to break out of the boundaries of their panels, creating a dynamic feel. All in all, this funny book is about friendship-the protagonist is allowed his individuality, but is supported when things don't work out. A gem.-Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
'With a nod to Dr. Seuss and a wink to John Burningham, Jez Alborough deals an irresistible lesson in rhyme and rhythm as well as storytelling, which is hugely entertaining.' Child Education
Reviews for Duck in the Truck:
'Rhyme, illustration, wit and inventiveness combine to produce outstanding quality.' TES Primary
'Alborough's text is perfect for reading out loud and the mix of close-up and panoramic illustrations give an animated, live-action feel.' Junior
'Colourful, arresting and busting with action.' Child Education
Praise for Hit the Ball Duck:
'A really great story; the best Duck book so far.' The Guardian