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Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing – from book to film

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All fans of the fabulous Australian illustrator, artist and author, Shaun Tan, should make a point of visiting the exhibition presently on show at ACMI in Federation Square in Melbourne. The exhibition gives a detailed account of how Shan Ton.s picture book ‘The lost thing’ was transformed into an Academy Award winning short animated movie.


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Farewell Maurice Sendak

Readers will be saddened to hear of the death of author and illustrator  Maurice Sendak, renowned world-wide for his stories including “Where the wild things are”, “We are all in the dumps with Jack and Guy” and “In the night garden”.

Where the wild things are caused a stir when it was first published, and was banned by many schools who considered the monsters too ‘scary’. Children, however, thought otherwise and the book soon became a best seller – and, co-incidentally, Max a popular name again. In 2009 the book was made into a film directed by Spike Jonze, with much of the filming done at Docklands Studios in Melbourne and in the Victorian countryside.

Sendaks books are never straight-forward, and really urge you to think beyond the illustrations to what lies beneath. His illustrating style is uniquly recognisable. He was not afraid of dark or troubling subject matter.  “I refuse to lie to children,” says Sendak. “I refuse to cater to the bullshit of innocence.”

For more information about Sendak check here. Or his views on the film of Where the wild things are here


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2012 National Year of Reading – Story Winners

Thousands of readers across Australia have voted for the most popular reads from each state. The finalists have just been announced:-

The Idea of Home – John Hughes

Jasper Jones – Craig Silver

Listening to Country – Ros Moriarty

Smoke and mirrors – Kel Morrison

Time’s long ruin – Stephen Orr

Wanting – Richard Flanagan

Well done, those men – Barry Heard

The white earth – Andrew McGahan


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Australian Children’s Laureate

Much-loved children’s authors Alison Lester and Boori Monty Pryor are Australia’s first Children’s Laureates! Both are talented and award-winning storytellers who bring a wealth of experience and creativity to the position – Alison as a renowned author and illustrator, and Boori as a celebrated author, performer, dancer and poet.

As the Children’s Laureates for 2012 and 2013, Alison and Boori will act as national and international ambassadors for Australian children’s literature and will separately visit every state and territory inspiring young people to tell their own stories and be part of an active literary culture for enjoyment, wellbeing and success in life.

This prestigious national honour is the culmination of the work by the Australian Children’s Literature Alliance (ACLA) to promote the transformational power of reading, creativity and story in the lives of young Australians.


Check out the Laureate website to find out more.

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Isobelle Carmody

Woodleigh School is lucky enough to be having a visit from Isobelle Carmody in Term 4. Isobelle Carmody is one of Australia’s best-loved authors of books for young adults and children. She started writing her famous Obernewtyn Chronicles when she was just fourteen, and the serieswill eventually span seven books and more thantwenty years. Her latest book, The Red Wind, has recently won the CBC Book of the Year for Younger Readers.

You can find out more about Isobelle Carmody on her website

There is also a great interview available on the Penguin newsletter, where Isobelle speaks about her life and her feelings about completing the Obernewtyn Chronicles.


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