Original picture book artwork by Anita Jeram is available for purchase from Children's Book Illustration together with the original artwork from her popular Two Bad Mice cards.
Anita Jeram was born and brought up in Portsmouth. She completed both her foundation course in Visual Studies and degree course in Illustration at Manchester Polytechnic. Her tutor, David Hughes (also an illustrator), took some of her work to Walker Books and her first book, Bill's Belly Button, was published in 1991, a year after she graduated. Her second book, It Was Jake!, was included on the National Curriculum SAT reading list.
Since then Anita Jeram has become recognised globally with numerous highly successful titles to her name inclding her best known book, Guess How Much I Love You, which rapidly became established around the world as a new picture-book classic. Over a million copies were printed in the first year of publication and it was one of the best-selling children's books in both Britain and America. Guess How Much I Love You was shortlisted for the 1994 Kurt Maschler Award and for the Illustrated Children's Books category of the 1994 British Book Awards.
Anita has worked with some of the U.K.'s best known authors including Dick King-Smith, but mainly writes and illustrates her own books. She is also a highly successful greetings card designer for Two Bad Mice and the illustrations from these, together with her original book artwork, have proved extremely popular with buyers.
Anita lives in a renovated farmhouse right near the sea with her husband and three children, together with a menagerie of animals - that her daughter keeps adding to!
A blog by Two Bad Mice director Julian Williams on Anita's work is well worth a read!
‘The dog's eyes followed the cat’
‘Good boy, said Harry. You waited!’
‘He just sat and waited for Harry’
‘The dog looked at the cat, and he looked at Harry’
‘The most obedient dog in the world didn't answer’
‘the most obedient dog in the world was looking down the street’
‘...and saw Harry!’
‘He sprang to his feet’
‘Thunder rumbled, lightning flashed and then hailstones fell ...’
‘Then he went to the beach with Harry’
‘Quick! Said the bird, pulling his tail.’
‘But they soon got bored and went away’
‘What a strange dog, people said as they passed’
‘After all, he was the most obedient dog in the world!’
‘When the sun came out again, the bird flew back’
‘Book cover detail’
‘On the beach’
‘Why are you sitting there? Asked a nosy bird’
‘The most obedient dog in the world was waiting for something to happen’