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Margaret Wild - Author

About the Author

Margaret Wild is one of Australia's most prolific and courageous authors, unafraid to tackle difficult subjects, such as death, old age and social deprivation with both sensitivity and openness. Her heart-warming, moving picture books have been acclaimed both in Australia and overseas.

Margaret's talents have won her many awards throughout her career. In 1990, she won the Children's Book Council of Australia's Picture Book of the Year for The Very Best of Friends, published by Margaret Hamilton Books. Other CBC short-listed and Commended books by Margaret include: Let the Celebrations Begin!; There's a Sea in My Bedroom; Creatures in the Beard; Mr Nick's Knitting; Thank You Santa; A Bit of Company; The Slumber Party; and Toby.

In 1996, The Midnight Gang, a whimsical, joyous picture book about the night prowlings of a group of toddlers, was published by Omnibus Books. It was short-listed for the 1997 Children's Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award.

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Other books by Margaret Wild

Goodbye House, Hello House

Goodbye House, Hello House

Author: Margaret Wild Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

This is the last time I'll fish in this river. This is the last time I'll run through these trees. This is the last time I'll dream by this fire ... Goodbye, old house. Goodbye. A heartwarming story of letting go and starting anew, of moving from the country to the city, with a unique illustration style that allows room and space for the reader's imagination. Hello, new house. Hello!

On the Day You Were Born

On the Day You Were Born

Author: Margaret Wild Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2019

'My daddy said, On the day you were born, I wrapped you up warm and took you for a walk to see the world . . . 'My daddy said, On the day you were born, I put you back in your mother's arms, and that night we were the world.' A celebration of the glories of existence, the world seen afresh on the birth of a new baby.

The Sloth Who Came to Stay

The Sloth Who Came to Stay

Author: Margaret Wild Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Amy's family is speedy! They are always in such a rush that there is no time to talk or play - until the afternoon Amy brings home a sloth. Then things start changing very, very slowly ... A timely tale about enjoying the little things in life from award-winning author Margaret Wild.

Chalk Boy

Chalk Boy

Author: Margaret Wild Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Barnaby is a pavement artist. This morning he started drawing me. I have a head that can think, eyes that can see, ears that can hear and legs that can run. Best of all, I have a heart that can feel. Thank you, Barnaby. Award-winning writer Margaret Wild compresses epic themes into a poetic, poignant story, vividly brought to life by Mandy Ord's distinctive, dynamic art.

Old Pig

Old Pig

Author: Margaret Wild Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Old Pig and Granddaughter have lived together for a long, long time. They share everything, including the chores, until the day when Old Pig does not get up as usual for breakfast. Calmly she pays her bills and puts her affairs in order. Then she takes Granddaughter on a last, long walk - looking and listening, smelling and tasting.Old Pig and Granddaughter say goodbye to each other in the best way they know.A tender story of living and loving, giving and receiving; a glorious celebration of the world.

The Treasure Box

The Treasure Box

Author: Margaret Wild Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2017

This Little Piggy Went Singing

This Little Piggy Went Singing

Author: Margaret Wild Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/10/2014

This little piggy went singingThis little piggy stayed homeThis little piggy had plum puddingThis little piggy had noneAnd this little piggy went jingle, jingle, jingle all the way home.Meet five little pigs who are full of life and all the excitement of Christmas! They are either out singing, dancing and playing music, or staying at home making and baking and trimming the tree. The piggies are into everything, even a little star-gazing. Keep your eye on your favourite piggy as it enjoys all sorts of Christmas fun, before hanging up the stockings and singing ho ho ho all the way home. The perfect follow-up to This Little Piggy Goes Dancing:'filled with warmth, wit and humour. a very special book for grown-ups to share with rumbustious small people' Magpies

This Little Piggy Went Dancing

This Little Piggy Went Dancing

Author: Margaret Wild Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2013

This little piggy went dancingThis little piggy stayed homeThis little piggy had porridgeThis little piggy had noneAnd this little piggy went hop, hop, hop, all the way home.The little pigs we know so well from the familiar nursery rhyme now do all sorts of unexpected things - and the ones who stay home or have none are not forlorn or missing out! Keep your eye on your favourite piggy as it tries out different activities throughout the book. And watch them hula, jump, skip, zoom and whiz until the last little piggy runs 'wee wee wee all the way home'!

The Dream of the Thylacine

The Dream of the Thylacine

Author: Margaret Wild, Ron Brooks Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2011

The Dream of the Thylacine is a lament for a lost species, and a celebration of the Australian landscape. It interposes arresting text and images of the last known thylacine in a concrete cage with sweeping colour paintings of the animal in its natural environment. Intense, poetic and beautiful, this book will haunt you. Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks have created three other exceptional picture books together: Old Pig, Rosie and Tortoise and Fox.What a privilege to pay tribute to this highly original and unique book.a book for anyone of any age who has eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart to break.The economic 130-word text is an extended metaphor, an ode, a lament, yet also a lyric, reinforced by intriguing and absolutely 'right' illustrations. The thylacine here is representative of any hunted, caged, imprisoned creature capable of dreaming - of running wild, of claiming one's biological and cultural birthright to be free.Thanks indeed to all concerned.Maurice Saxby, Magpies

Ruby Roars

Ruby Roars

Author: Margaret Wild, Kerry Argent Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2009

When she was a baby, Ruby liked making popping noises with her dummy. 'Pop! Pop! Pop!'When she was older, she tried making scary noises instead. 'Scrrr! Screekle! Scrunch!'But she couldn't frighten anyone, not a frog, not a fish.'Shivers!' thought Ruby.What was the scariest noise she could make?And she opened her mouth wide to find out.'Beware, this story could provoke a wild rumpus.' MagpiesBoth author and illustrator are donating a portion of their royalties to the Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal.

Kiss Kiss!

Kiss Kiss!

Author: Margaret Wild Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/03/2006

Jinx

Jinx

Author: Margaret Wild Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2004

Fox

Fox

Author: Margaret Wild, Ron Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2004

Dog and Magpie are friends, but when Fox comes into the bush, everything changes.This breathtaking story has won acclaim around the world: CBCA Picture Book of the Year; two Premiers' literary awards; honours in Germany, Brazil, Japan; a shortlisting for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in the UK, and more.'A publishing landmark.' Magpies'Magnificent.' Reading Time'a stunning book' Australian Bookseller and Publisher'The images from this unsettling, provocative story will resonate long after the book has been closed.' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)'A strongly atmospheric psycho-fable.visually striking.an open-ended discussion starter.' Kirkus Reviews'Fox is an archetypal drama about friendship, loyalty, risk and betrayal - a story that is as rich for adults as for older children.' Los Angeles Times

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