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John Hendrix


John Hendrix

JOHN HENDRIX loves to draw. In fact, he would much rather be drawing than writing this self-aggrandising bio. John’s work has appeared in numerous publications, such as Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Esquire, The New York Times, and Time Magazine among many others. He has also drawn book jackets for the likes of Roaring Brook, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, Greenwillow Books, Knopf, Penguin, Abrams Books and St. Martin’s Press. His images also appeared in advertising campaigns for ESPN/ABC, AT&T, and Travelocity. John’s drawings have won numerous awards, including the Society of Illustrator’s Silver Medal in 2006 and 2008, the 2009 3x3 Gold Medal in sequential illustration and the SILA Silver Best of Show Award. His images have also appeared in the annual award publications American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, Society for Publication Design, Communication Arts, AIGA 50 Books 50 Covers Show and Print’s Regional Design Annual.
In addition to his illustration work, John is teaching illustration and typography in the Communication Design program at Washington University in St. Louis. John was elected President of ICON7- The Illustration Conference, a biennial global summit for the illustration community, in 2012. In that same year, John chaired The Society of Illustrators 55th Annual Show. His first picture book “ABE LINCOLN CROSSES A CREEK” was named and ALA Notable book of 2008 and won the Comstock Award for read aloud books. ’s Weekly. His 2012 book, “A Boy Called Dickens” was described as "touching and believable” by The New York Times.
Born in the gritty midwestern suburbs of St. Louis, John attended The University of Kansas to study graphic design and illustration. He graduated with a degree in Rock Chalk and Visual Communication in 1999. After working for a few years as a designer, John moved from Kansas to New York City. John attended The School of Visual Arts MFA “Illustration as Visual Essay” program and graduated in 2003 with some honors and some debt. During his time living and working in New York, John taught at Parsons School of Design and worked at The New York Times as Assistant Art Director of the Op-Ed page for several years. John lives in the St. Louis neighborhood of University City, with his beautiful bride Andrea, son Jack and daughter Annie.

John Hendrix

Books by John Hendrix

written by Thomas Lennon with illustrations by John Hendrix - Adventure, Children's 10-14, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Mystery

Ronan is the youngest and lowliest recruit to the secret Garda, an Irish police force that handles the misdeeds of numerous magical creatures. Ronan’s parents are in jail, but Ronan is convinced that they were framed by the wee people. So, despite his small size, poor eyesight and social awkwardness, he’s determined to learn all he can in the Garda in order to prove his parents’ innocence. To show he’s got what it takes, he’ll have to confront a fiery leprechaun, a sinister harpy and a whole world of monsters hidden in plain sight next to real-life Ireland. 

by John Hendrix - Children's, Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, Holocaust, Military

Interweaving handwritten text and art in his signature style, John Hendrix tells the fascinating story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his fight against the oppression of the German people during World War II. Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor and theologian who was shocked to watch the German church embrace Hitler’s agenda of hatred. He spoke out against the Nazi party and led a breakaway church that rebelled against the Third Reich. Bonhoeffer eventually became convinced that Hitler and the Nazi Party needed to be stopped --- and he was willing to sacrifice everything to do so.

Written by Heidi Schulz with illustrations by John Hendrix - Adventure, Children's 9-12, Family, Fantasy
Jocelyn Hook decides the most practical plan is to hunt down her father's famous fortune. But the map proves to be a bit harder to crack than Jocelyn had hoped, and she's convinced that the horrible Peter Pan might be the only one with the answers. Of course, he doesn't really feel like helping her, so Jocelyn kidnaps his mother. Evie, though, is absolutely thrilled to be taken prisoner. Along with the problem of her all-too-willing captive, Jocelyn must also contend with Captain Krueger, whose general policy is that no deed is too dastardly when it comes to stealing Hook's treasure.
written by Heidi Schulz, illustrated by John Hendrix - Fairy Tale, Fantasy
Twelve-year-old Jocelyn dreams of becoming every bit as daring as her infamous father, Captain James Hook. Her grandfather, on the other hand, intends to see her starched and pressed into a fine society lady. When she's sent to Miss Eliza Crumb-Biddlecomb's Finishing School for Young Ladies, Jocelyn's hopes of following in her father's fearsome footsteps are lost in a heap of dance lessons, white gloves, and way too much pink. So when Jocelyn receives a letter from her father challenging her to avenge his untimely demise at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile, she doesn't hesitate-here at last is the adventure she has been waiting for. But Jocelyn finds that being a pirate is a bit more difficult than she'd bargained for. As if attempting to defeat the Neverland's most fearsome beast isn't enough to deal with, she's tasked with captaining a crew of woefully untrained pirates, outwitting cannibals wild for English cuisine, and rescuing her best friend from a certain pack of lost children, not to mention that pesky Peter Pan who keeps barging in uninvited. 
by Marilyn Singer and John Hendrix - Children's Nonfiction, Poetry, Poetry Collection

With her gift for rhythm and rhyme, Marilyn Singer brings the presidents of the United States to life --- from Washington to Obama --- and contextualizes them in their time. Illustrations by John Hendrix are full of wit and refined exuberance, and backmatter enriches the experience with short biographies, quotes by each president, and more.