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Joe Jacobs is a children's writer and illustrator whose works include the Terry the Monkey sign language books for children. Terry the Monkey has featured in Little London and Families, the magazine of the National Deaf Children’s Society. Joe’s writing has appeared in The Guardian and he is a regular contributor to, the world’s most popular deaf website.

When not writing and illustrating, Joe is an English tutor in a comprehensive school, where he works with young people from 11-18. Joe studied English Literature at UCL, where he was awarded numerous prizes including the Campbell Clarke scholarship.

Joe comes from a long line of artists and writers. His great grandfather, Charles Jacobs, was a celebrated caricaturist whose cartoons appeared in Punch and Vanity Fair and his father, Dave Jacobs, was an accomplished maritime artist who always encouraged his children to be creative. 

Joe lives in Hampshire, England, with his wife and their son and daughter. He is currently working on further titles in the Terry the Monkey series, including a sign language dictionary.

Praise for the Terry the Monkey series:

‘This is terrific work…inspiring!’ Steve Backshall, BBC’s Deadly 60

‘Very nicely produced and interesting to me’ Julia Donaldson CBE, former children’s laureate and author of The Gruffalo

 ‘I love this!’ Rachel Shenton, Oscar winning star and writer of The Silent Child and patron of the National Deaf Children’s Society

‘I very much enjoyed learning how to sign foods, my parents have a deaf friend who was very pleased to see what I had learnt!’ Tilly Ramsay, BBC’s Matilda and The Ramsay Bunch

 ‘A gentle and witty introduction for children to this vital skill’ Joseph Kloska, Netflix The Crown, Disney’s Cinderella

 ‘The illustrations are beautiful and it’s a lovely book to read and look at…a very gentle introduction to BSL…Terry the Monkey is a very likeable character and I hope we see more of him!’ Alison, a mother of a son and daughter who are profoundly deaf and a daughter who is hearing, reviewing How to Sign Halloween in Families, the magazine of the National Deaf Children’s Society.

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