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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

Max

Max

Author: Bob Graham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2020

A special edition to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Bob Graham's heroic and heartfelt tale of growing up super. As the son of legendary superheroes Captain Lightning and Madam Thunderbolt, Max is destined to join their ranks - once he learns to fly, that is. But despite his parents' valiant coaching and encouragement from his grandparents and friends, Max can't seem to get off the ground. Will he ever learn to leap over tall buildings in a single bound? With quintessential quirkiness, award-winning author Bob Graham has created a mighty tale about the ups and downs of mastering your potential - all in your own good time.

Ellie's Dragon

Ellie's Dragon

Author: Bob Graham Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2020

No friendship is imaginary. When Ellie is very little, she finds a newborn dragon fresh from the egg on a supermarket shelf, and calls him Scratch. He is quite the sweetest thing she has ever seen! From that day on, Ellie and Scratch do everything together. Ellie's mum and her teacher can't see her fiery friend, but all her friends can - and, over the years, Ellie's dragon grows to be big, house-trained, and very affectionate. And Ellie is growing, too... A moving story about the wonders of imagination and the nature of growing up from one of Australia's most revered bookmakers.

The Poesy Ring A Love Story

The Poesy Ring A Love Story

Author: Bob Graham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2020

The poesy ring flew high, caught by the wind. And with the breeze in its tail, the horse turned and galloped. The ring tumbled end over end, and settled deep in a meadow over the sea... From the multi-award winning Bob Graham comes a romantic, hopeful and exquisitely illustrated story, perfect for giving as a gift to the one you love. It's 1830 in County Kerry, Ireland, and a gold ring is thrown into the wind by a young woman on a black horse... And as the seasons pass, and then the years, the little treasure finds itself on the most astonishing journey, finally settling at the bottom of a deep sea. Will the ring, inscribed with love never dies , ever fulfil its destiny, and find the finger of a woman truly loved?

The Underhills: A Tooth Fairy Story

The Underhills: A Tooth Fairy Story

Author: Bob Graham Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2019

In this magical companion to Bob Graham's celebrated April Underhill, Tooth Fairy, two fairy sisters, April and Esme, are on a brand new adventure! April and Esme are staying at Grandma and Grandad's for a whole weekend! A visit to Grandma and Grandad's is always special for the two sisters. There's the mixing of fairy cakes, pancakes with syrup for breakfast and a chocolate waiting on each of their pillows. And this weekend, when Mum calls with an urgent tooth fairy job, there's an exciting trip to the airport with Grandma to make sure one little girl has her tooth collected. Children are sure to love this thrilling and tender new story, so full of hope, possibility and the magic of a secret fairy world, from master storyteller 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...

America, the Owner's Manual You Can Fight City Hall-and Win

America, the Owner's Manual You Can Fight City Hall-and Win

Author: Bob Graham, Chris Hand Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2016

In 2016, Americans fed up with the political process vented that frustration with their votes. Republicans nominated for president a wealthy businessman and former reality show host best known on the campaign trail for his sharp rhetoric against immigration and foreign trade. Democrats nearly selected a self-described socialist who ran on a populist platform against the influence of big money in politics. While it is not surprising that Americans would channel their frustrations into votes for contenders who pledge to end business as usual, the truth is that we don't have to pin our hopes for greater participation on any one candidate. All of us have a say-if we learn, master and practice the skills of effective citizenship. One of the biggest roadblocks to participation in democracy is the perception that privileged citizens and special interests command the levers of power and that everyday Americans can't fight City Hall. That perception is undoubtedly why a 2015 Pew Charitable Trusts survey found that 74 percent of those Americans surveyed believed that most elected officials didn't care what people like them thought. Graham and Hand intend to change that conventional wisdom by showing citizens how to flex their citizenship muscles. They describe effective citizenship skills and provide tips from civic experts. Even more importantly, they offer numerous examples of everyday Americans who have used their skills to make democracy respond. The reader will see themselves in these examples of citizens who chose to be victorious participants rather than tranquil spectators in the arena of democracy. By the end of the book, you will have new confidence that citizen participation is the lifeblood of America -- and will be ready to make governments work for you, not the other way around.

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