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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.
There’s a lovely message in Margaret Wild’s gentle, amusing story. A bogtrotter lives in a gloomy cave in a marshy bog. He spends every day running round the bog until it’s time to go home. He runs because that’s what bogtrotters do, but he’s bored and sometimes lonely. How can he change things? Then he has a couple of encounters with a frog who prompts him to think outside the bog, and a whole new world opens up. There’s lots to think about and discuss in this book, and Judith Rossell’s expressive watercolour illustrations reflect all the sensitivity and humour of Margaret Wild’s text. ~ Andrea Reece
Winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010. Harry and his dog Hopper have done everything together ever since Hopper was a jumpy little puppy. But one day the unthinkable happens and Hopper will never be there again. But Harry is not ready to let him go just yet. CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal SHORTLIST 2010: Judges’ comments This book really stands out with its excellent use of muted colour, perspective, and exterior and interior space. The result is a powerful take on the father-son relationship, and a much-loved pet’s death; an issue that is very well handled, with Harry’s emotions and memories of Hopper expressed visually to great effect. On winning the prestigious Greenaway Medal in 2010 our very own Julia Eccleshare interviewed Freya Blackwood, for Books For Keeps. To download and read the article click here.
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!
'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.
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.
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 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.
Bogtrotter doesn't ever stop running, until the day he meets the frog... A celebration of trying new things from award-winning author Margaret Wild and acclaimed illustrator Judith Rossell. From internationally award-winning writer Margaret Wild, and with gorgeous illustrations from acclaimed illustrator Judith Rossell, comes a story about the brilliant things that can happen when we try new things and challenge ourselves. Every morning Bogtrotter runs across the bog, up the bog, down the bog and around the bog until it's time to go home. Sometimes he wishes things would change, but he doesn't know how or what or why. Until one afternoon, when he picks a flower for the first time in his life...
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 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 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
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.
Harry and his dog Hopper have done everything together, ever since Hopper was a jumpy little puppy. But one day the unthinkable happens: when Harry comes home from school, Hopper isn't there to greet him. Hopper will never be there again, but Harry isn't ready to let him go...
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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