Silver Buttons by Bob Graham

Silver Buttons

Written by Bob Graham
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Award-winning Bob Graham brilliantly looks at the world through the tiny precise moment that one toddler takes his first step. It’s a thought provoking way to capture an overview of all the other things that people near to the toddler and further away might be doing. In the house, his sister is finishing drawing a silver button on her picture, his mother is playing her tin whistle but further away a baby is being born, a tanker is heading out to China and much, much more. The result is a wonderful book to enjoy again and again.


Silver Buttons by Bob Graham

Bob Graham beautifully captures a world vision in one solitary moment. At 9.59 on Thursday morning, Jodie draws a duck. Just as she is about to add one final silver button to the duck's boots, her little brother takes his first step. At this exact same moment, a man buys bread, a soldier leaves home, a baby is being born

It is in the smallest details that we sense the greatest significance and can see the big picture. From his glorious urban skyscapes to the tender portrayal of a falling feather or the tying of a shoelace or a dog's joy in scratching his back, Bob lets us in on a world view conveyed with humanity, compassion and affection. This is a book that is sure to connect quietly and powerfully with readers of all ages. The idea that we are all alone, and yet all as one in the world, is drawn with huge sensitivity and poetry. ...Here is a book, a story, a philosophy so simply told and yet - in true and inimitable Bob Graham style - so rich with emotion and meaning.

Bob Graham's books are multi-award winning and have sold over two million copies worldwide.


Every picture book tells its own story, and through them all, Bob Graham encourages readers to reflect on, and reach out to, the world around them -- Julia Eccleshare Guardian

About the Author

Bob Graham

Winner of the Kate Greenaway and Smarties Gold Medals and the Australian Children’s Book of the Year Award an unprecedented three times, Bob Graham has written and illustrated many acclaimed children’s books, including How to Heal a Broken Wing and Jethro Byrde, Fairy Child.

Bob Graham lives in Victoria, Australia, with his wife, Carolyn, a printmaker who makes landscapes out of lino and wood. They have two grown-up children, Naomi, a musician and refugee worker living in London, and Peter, an artist in Melbourne making big, beautiful, ethereal paintings in oil. They have two grandchildren, Oliver and his older sister Rosie - and to them he is "Bob" rather than "Grandad" (somehow that name has the feeling of pipes, carpet slippers and rocking chairs; and he's not quite ready for that). He reads them books (mostly other people's and, very occasionally, his own), and they just blob around and go to the park, and things like that. Like a grandad and grandchildren are supposed to do.

As a child

"I lived with my mum, dad, my older sister and my grandmother - and a cat called Smokey. There was still a bit of bush around our suburb, where I could muck about. I could sometimes ride my scooter the entire length of the street in the gutter. There were few parked cars back in those days. I read Boys Own annuals from England, Hans Christian Andersen and Brothers Grimm stories from Europe, and America provided the superheroes in comic book form: Superman, Captain Marvel, The Phantom (the ghost who walks) and even Popeye, who constantly rescued his girlfriend, Olive Oyl, from the clutches of Bluto (all it took was a can of spinach). My course for a lifetime of interesting reading was set."

As an artist

"Every time a computer graphics course is advertised in the local paper, I say, "I MUST go." But I always have something else to do, it seems. So I still use a pen dipped in ink, and chalks and watercolour, and scissors and sticky tape. Oh yes, and sometimes I tap out some words on my computer. And that suits me just fine."

Things you didn't know about Bob Graham

I like surfing and Irish music.

I like the sound of dogs' ears flapping.

I like chillies, coffee, chocolate and reading in bed.

I like Bob Dylan, babies, breakfast and beer.

I like looking out of the window, sitting in the sun and drawing.

I like skateboarders, rock and roll and interesting parcels.

I like family photo albums, train journeys and reunions at airports.

I dislike dog catchers (of dogs just having fun).

I dislike progressive barn dances.

And I dislike bullies.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Publication date

6th August 2015




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