IMAGINE book for Amnesty International, illustrated by Jean Jullien
For the first time ever, the immortal lyrics of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ have been transformed into a children’s picture book illustrated by award-winning artist Jean Jullien. Created for Amnesty, ‘Imagine’ follows one little pigeon on a journey to spread peace around the world, to every bird no matter what their shape or size. The bright and joyous pictures paired with Lennon’s moving words inspire the reader with hope for a world at peace.
With a foreword by Yoko Ono Lennon, in partnership with Amnesty International,
Published on the International Day of Peace, 21st September 2017. Place your pre-order now!
This book, Imagine, is about peace, which helps us enjoy a happy and safe life. For peace to flourish, we need to treat everyone kindly, equally and fairly. We can all stand up for peace and help to make the world a better place. Yoko Ono Lennon has kindly allowed John Lennon’s wonderful words to be used in this beautiful book. The artist Jean Jullien has created the beautiful pictures in the book. We are publishing the book because its words and illustrations will support Amnesty International’s work to help protect human rights all over the world. A royalty from every book sold will be donated to Amnesty International. Please write your message of peace now and tell all your friends about it.
John Lennon was a singer, songwriter, peace and human rights activist, author, artist, and continues to be a worldwide inspiration. Born in 1940 in Liverpool, he rose to fame with his band The Beatles in the 1960s, and went on to have an acclaimed solo career until his death in 1980. Lennon’s marriage and collaboration with artist Yoko Ono inspired his iconic peace anthem ‘Imagine’. Among Lennon’s books which are collections of his stories and drawings are: In His Own Write, A Spaniard in the Works, Skywriting by Word of Mouth, AI – Japan Through John Lennon’s Eyes, and Real Love- the Drawings for Sean.
Yoko Ono Lennon
Yoko Ono Lennon is an artist whose thought-provoking work challenges people’s understanding of art and the world around them. From the beginning of her career, she was a conceptualist whose work encompassed performance, instructions, film, music, sculpture, installation and writing. Born in Tokyo, she moved to New York aged twenty and opened her Chambers Street loft in 1960, where she hosted exhibitions and performances. She has shown her work all over the world, including several films and her first retrospective, in France in 2016. In 2007, Ono created the permanent installation IMAGINE PEACE TOWER on Viðey Island, Iceland, and continues to work tirelessly for peace with her IMAGINE PEACE campaign. In 2009 Ono received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement from the Venice Biennale.
Jean Jullien is a French graphic artist currently based in London. He comes from Nantes and did a graphic design degree in Quimper before coming to London. His practice ranges from illustration to photography, video, costumes, installations, books, posters, and clothing to create a coherent yet eclectic body of work. In 2011, he founded Jullien Brothers, a duo that specializes in moving images. He is the illustrator of several celebrated books for children.
Amnesty International is a movement of millions of ordinary people around the world standing up for humanity and human rights. We aim to protect individuals wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied. We won the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
We have been publishing books for young people that celebrate cultural diversity for 40 years. We are incredibly proud of our visual story-telling and non-fiction books that we hope will inspire children to be proud of the richness and variety of their world today.
Share your messages of peace & hope
A new website, www.imaginepeacebook.com, has launched today (14 August) to allow people of all ages to share their messages of peace and hope in a global display of solidarity.
The messages will be shared on International Day of Peace to coincide with the launch of the book Imagine. Yoko Ono Lennon has granted the ‘Imagine’ lyrics to Amnesty International and Frances Lincoln Children’s Books to create the first ever picture book set to John Lennon’s words. The book, which will be published in 15 languages, is illustrated by renowned French artist Jean Jullien.
‘Nearly half a century after it was first recorded, Imagine’s vision of a peaceful world without conflict, greed or hunger is as relevant as ever. John and Yoko’s dream of people standing up for what they believe in and breaking down barriers is something we strongly admire at Amnesty International. We know that when people come together with a shared vision, they can change things for the better. We hope that people of all ages and from all corners of the world will join us by writing their own message of peace, in a global act of solidarity for a better future for everyone.’
Kate Allen (director of Amnesty International UK)
‘It was John Lennon who inspired me to join Amnesty when I was 15. Forty-five years later I realise more and more how brave and muscular his battle against war was. The world is getting better. Poverty, hunger, disease, injustice are all on the run. But it is war, war, war that is slowing down the process. If we gain peace – everything else wonderful will follow.’
Richard Curtis (screenwriter & film director)
‘This book is a beautiful visual version of John Lennon’s cry for peace and harmony. Its message for humanity has never been more urgently needed than now.’
Juliet Stevenson (actor)
‘I hope that one day peace makes more money than war and destruction so that it will be on the most powerful people’s global agendas instead.’
Hollie McNish (poet & spoken word artist)
‘Never have we all, child and grown-up child, needed this more, the words and the song in our hearts, lifting our spirits, giving us hope, and determination too to find the road to understanding, conciliation and peace.’
Michael Morpurgo (children’s author)
‘…a beautiful reimagining of John Lennon’s immortal lyrics, tender and perfectly judged.’
Chris Riddell (former Children’s Laureate)