Bob Graham - Author

About the Author

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.

 

Featured books by Bob Graham

April Underhill, Tooth Fairy

April Underhill, Tooth Fairy

5+ readers

Author: Bob Graham Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/07/2010

Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2011 High in the sky above Parkville, toothfairies April and Esme Underhill are on their way to collect their very first tooth... April and Esme Underhill have never collected a tooth before. Mum and Dad always do it. But tonight it's their turn.

Other books by Bob Graham

Home in the Rain

Home in the Rain

Author: Bob Graham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2019

The extraordinary touches a seemingly ordinary moment of family life, in this tender, heart-warming story. A remarkable story ... young and old readers will be spellbound throughout this torrential tale Observer The Winner of the Australian Prime Minister's Literary Award 2017 Francie and her mum, who is expecting a baby girl, are driving home from Grandma's in the heavy rain. When they're still far from home, they stop for a picnic. And as the car steams up, Francie presses her little finger on the window, spelling out Daddy and Mummy and leaving one space free, ready and waiting for the name of her soon-to-be sister...

How the Sun Got to Coco's House

How the Sun Got to Coco's House

Author: Bob Graham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2017

With an eye for capturing small moments of shared experience, Bob Graham illuminates the natural wonder that comes with every new day. Bob Graham encourages readers to reflect on, and reach out to, the world around them Guardian From prolific and multi-award winning writer and illustrator Bob Graham comes an enchanting story about the sun, and how it makes its journey from the far side of the world to the home of one small girl. While Coco sleeps far away, the sun rises up behind a snowy peak and casts its mellow dawn light for the wandering polar bears. It skims across the icy water, touching a fisherman's hat and catching for a moment in the eye of a whale. The sun races through the countryside, greeting snow cats and bears. High over a desert it meets the rain in a halo of colours... The sun leaps whole countries, chasing the night, before bursting at last in a fanfare of warm golden light through Coco's window!

Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla Ice Cream

Author: Bob Graham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2016

The story of a traveller free to go where he pleases, of a journey, and of how life can take wild and curious paths Endorsed by Amnesty International. In this beautifully illustrated story, Bob Graham shows how all the creatures and the people of the world can be connected to each other in the most surprising ways. A wild, young sparrow rises from the dust outside an Indian food stall surrounded by swaying palms. The sparrow flies off just where he pleases, following the food. He journeys south through the lush rice paddies and across the rough sea and all the way into a bright new day where, just for a moment, the wild sparrow's world collides with little Edie's...

Silver Buttons

Silver Buttons

Author: Bob Graham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2015

Multiple award-winning and bestselling author-illustrator Bob Graham beautifully captures a world vision in one solitary moment. Winner of the Australian Prime Minister's Literary Award. Endorsed by Amnesty International UK. From the multiple award-winning author-illustrator of How to Heal a Broken Wing and A Bus Called Heaven, comes a powerful and poignant celebration of the small moments in life - moments in which we sense the greatest significance, moments when we can see the big picture. 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... 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.

April Underhill, Tooth Fairy

April Underhill, Tooth Fairy

Author: Bob Graham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2012

High in the sky above Parkville, tooth fairies April and Esme Underhill are on their way to collect their very first tooth April and Esme Underhill have never collected a tooth before. Mum and Dad always do it. But tonight it s their turn. So, equipped with a bag, a coin and a mobile phone, the sisters head for Daniel Dangerfield's house, and a very unusual first tooth visit!

Miracle on Separation Street

Miracle on Separation Street

Author: Bob Graham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2010

A heartwarming story written in the form of Jack's diary. Jack lives with his family in an unremarkable part of the city called Separation Street, with his embarrassing parents and his little brother, Duggie. Jack's mum works hard to buy them a secondhand car, but one morning the family wake up to find it ... gone! Who took it? Mum always sees the best in everyone and won't let it be said that it was the Mob, or Decco, or any of the youths who hang round their estate. Then she's proved right - when a miracle happens.

Isean Beag Le Sgiath Bhriste

Isean Beag Le Sgiath Bhriste

Author: Bob Graham Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/12/2008

Max

Max

Author: Bob Graham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2005

What does a Super hero do when they are not being `Super'? A funny story about being loved for who you are and not just what you can or cannot do. It's not easy being the son of legendary superheroes Captain Lightning and Madam Thunderbolt. Max has a cape and a mask, but he doesn't fly. His parents can't understand it. It seems that Max is just an ordinary boy, until finally, to save a falling baby bird, Max discovers he can fly! He'll be a small hero, doing small deeds. The world needs more of those, says his mum. A funny and touching tale about little Max, the reluctant superhero. Bob Graham has three times won the Australian Children's Book of the Year Award, in addition to the Smarties Book Prize Gold and Silver Awards and the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten

Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten

Author: Bob Graham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2003

`A little kindness goes a long way,' is the subtle moral depicted in this gentle tale by award winning Australian authorial illustrator Bob Graham. All the children are afraid of mean Mr Wintergarten. His garden is grey and sunless and it is guarded, they say, by a dog like a wolf and a saltwater crocodile. By contrast, the garden of his sunny new neighbours, the Summers, is a playground of happiness and flowers. One day Rose's ball goes over the fence into Mr Wintergarten's garden and, prompted by her mother, Rose visits her frosty next-door neighbour, bearing hot fairy cakes and flowers. What will Mr Wintergarten say?

Gheibh Sinn Cuilean!

Gheibh Sinn Cuilean!

Author: Bob Graham Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/06/2003

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