Patrick Jennings

Patrick Jennings’s books for young readers have received honors from Publishers Weekly, The Horn Book, Smithsonian Magazine, the PEN Center USA, the Woman’s National Book Association, and the Chicago and New York Public Libraries. The Seattle Public Library awarded his book, Guinea Dog, the Washington State Book Award of 2011. His book, Faith and the Electric Dogs, is currently being adapted for the screen. His newest book, Hissy Fitz, was published in January 2015. He currently writes full time in his home in Port Townsend, Washington.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Peanuts Treasury is one I read compulsively.

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“’Where’s Pa going with that ax?’ said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.”

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Beverly Cleary, Polly Horvath, Roald Dahl; Maurice Sendak, Edward Gorey, William Steig, Barbara McClintock

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I love words, stories, and children. Seemed the right thing to do.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Read, read, pay attention, take notes, investigate, practice (write), read.