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Humour prevails in Rod's books with wacky and exaggerated situations and illustrations, and his nature-lover's eye helps him portray the animal world with a precision and flair that makes images leap off the page.

When he went to school, Rod's main ambition was to draw and to make people laugh. Living in Papua New Guinea for several years as a child gave Rod an intense awareness of nature and his initial work was in the realism mould. Rod soon decided that this was too restrictive and that he wanted to draw straight from the imagination.

His acclaimed picture books include Counting on Frank, Just Another Ordinary Day, Olga the Brolga, Louisa May Pickett's Best Show and Tell Ever, Grandad's Teeth, Feathers For Phoebe and the bestselling Edward the Emu and Edwina the Emu, both written by Sheena Knowles.

Counting on Frank is a Children's Book Council of Australia (CBC) Honour Book, Louisa May Pickett's Best Show and Tell Ever is a CBC Notable Australian Children's Book, and Just Another Ordinary Day and Grandad's Teeth have both been shortlisted for CBC Awards.

 Rod lives in NSW with his wife and three daughters.