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Jody Wheeler


Jody Wheeler, Freelance Illustrator

My greater-than–average fascination with children’s books developed when I was quite young. The inspiration for this interest was my great aunt Opal Wheeler, a prolific writer of mid-century children’s books from her publisher, Dutton Books.

That was it, I was hooked. After graduating from Elmira College and some publishing work, I established my own freelance illustration business. That was more than 75 illustrated books ago. Along the way, I took advantage of some great opportunities and worked on a variety of projects for many clients in wonderfully diverse markets.

Keeping in touch with the City Mouse Country Mouse lifestyle I love, I currently divide my time between my home studios in Manhattan and Ballston Spa, New York State’s first Free Trade town.



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