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Bob Graham - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

Bob Graham lives in 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.

Bob Graham's books are well known for their simplicity and humour, and many have been award-winners, including Oscar's Half Birthday; Buffy (Smarties Book prize silver award winner) and Let's Get a Pup (shortlisted for the 2002 Kate Greenaway medal; winner Boston Globe-Horn book award.) He won the 2000 Smarties Gold medal for Max, the 2003 Kate Greenaway medal for Jethro Byrde, and the Australian Children's Book of the Year Award four times. How to Heal a Broken Wing won the Charlotte Zolotow award, and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Award and the 2009 Kate Greenaway medal. Other titles include Queenie the Bantam (highly commended for the Kate Greenaway medal); Dimity Dumpty; and Brand New Baby.

Featured books by Bob Graham

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...

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...

Come on Everybody, Time to Play!

Come on Everybody, Time to Play!

Author: Nigel Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Where is everybody? It's time to play. Lift the flaps to find the family in some very surprising places! Sunday morning. No school today. But where is everybody? Still in bed - and not the beds you might expect! The cat and kittens are in the laundry basket. The dog and puppies are in the cat's bed. And in the dog's bed? Baby brothers! There's only one bed where the right people are to be found - Mum and Dad's. So, come on everybody, that's where all the family's going to play!

Isean Beag Le Sgiath Bhriste

Isean Beag Le Sgiath Bhriste

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

This Is Our House

This Is Our House

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2007

A gentle tale for pre-schoolers, introducing the concept of sharing in the playground from multi award winning author and poet Michael Rosen. From former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen comes a simple and poignant tale of the power of sharing, with superb artwork by award winning illustrator Bob Graham. George says the cardboard house is his and no one else can play in it. It isn't for girls, small people, twins, people with glasses, or people who like tunnels. But Lindy, Marly, Freddie, Charlene, Marlene, Luther, Sophie and Rasheda have other ideas! One by one each child is refused access until tables are turned and George finds how it feels to be on the receiving end. A topical and perceptive book that shows that it is much more fun to share.

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?

Poems for the Very Young

Poems for the Very Young

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/1996

This is a first poetry anthology for children and grown-ups to share and enjoy. Its contents range from the hilariously funny to the thought-provoking, from playground rhymes & nonsense verse to poems by classic writers.

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