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Bruce Whatley

Bruce Whatley  is one of Australia's most highly regarded and talented authors and illustrators for children, both here and internationally. Bruce started his working life in advertising as an art director and illustrator and since then he has created over 60 picture books.  Many of his books have won awards both in Australia and overseas, including The Ugliest Dog in the World, Looking for Crabs, Tails from Grandad’s Attic and Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase

Bruce has co-written a number of award-winning books with his wife Rosie Smith (Whatley’s Quest, Detective Donut and the Wild Goose...

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Author Extras
The Night Before Christmas Board Book The Night Before Christmas Board Book
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a...
The Teddy Bears' Picnic Board Book The Teddy Bears' Picnic Board Book
Join Jerry Garcia in this board book edition of the all-time favorite...
The Perfect Pet The Perfect Pet
Elizabeth really, really, wants a pet. But her parents do not. Instead...

Q: What do you like most about writing and illustrating children's books?

A: A picture book is a great showcase for an illustrator. Usually you have a canvas of 32 pages to play withplenty of room to create a world of your own and tell a story or voice an idea. But I also like to play with the format of a book. Though a book is full of two, dimensional art, it is actually a three-dimensional object. It has a front, a back, and a middle. It can pop up, pop out, and even prop up a leg of a chair. It can make you laugh,...

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