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When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest, 1999

Patrick James Lynch, artist and children's book illustrator, was born in Belfast on 2 March 1962, and was a keen artist as a child. He studied at Brighton College of Art, leaving in 1984 and becoming an illustrator.

His first book was Alan Garner's A Bag of Moonshine (1986), a collection of English and Welsh folk tales, for which he received the Mother Goose Award for the "most exciting newcomer to British children's book illustration". He also illustrated Susan Wojciechowski The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (1995), which sold over a million copies, and for which he was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Christopher Medal.

He has created posters for Opera Ireland and the Abbey Theatre, illustrated four sets of Christmas stamps for An Post, and painted murals on the theme of Gulliver's Travels for Cavan County Library. He lives in Dublin with his wife Barbara and their three children.

Books illustrated[]

  • Alan Garner, A Bag of Moonshine, 1986
  • Joyce Dunbar, Raggy Taggy Toys
  • E. Nesbit, Melisande
  • William Butler Yeats, Fairy Tales of Ireland
  • George W. Dasent (trans.), East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon
  • Hans Christian Andersen, The Steadfast Tin Soldier
  • Sarah Hayes, The Candlewick Book of Fairy Tales
  • Hans Christian Andersen, The Snow Queen
  • Antonia Barber, Catkin
  • Susan Wojciechowski, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, 1995
  • Brendan Behan, The King of Ireland's Son
  • Amy Hest, When Jessie Came Across the Sea, 1999
  • P. J. Lynch, An ABC Picture Gallery
  • Douglas Wood, Grandad's Prayers of the Earth
  • Marie Heaney, The Names Upon the Harp: Irish Myth and Legend
  • Gina Wilson, Ignis
  • Frank R. Stockton, The Bee-Man of Orn
  • Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
  • O. Henry, The Gift of the Magi
  • Rosemary Wells, Lincoln and His Boys, 2009

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