Published: September 2019
Age range 6+
What makes a children's book character memorable?
Is it their personality, the story they tell or the way they're depicted by the
illustrator? Is it that they make us laugh or cry? Or is it that we can
identify with them? Often, even as adults, we can remember what our favourite
children's book characters said or conjure an image of them in our mind's eye.
From Snugglepot and Cuddlepie to the green sheep and Pig the Pug,
Australian children's book characters have always delighted the young and
young-at-heart. Get together with old friends and meet new ones in this
lighthearted retrospective of much-loved characters from over a century of Australian
illustrated books for children.
Many will be delighted to reencounter Albert, the cranky cut-and-come-again
magic pudding, who has fought the puddin' thieves in multiple editions, as well
as across the stage in musical theatre, puppet shows, animated films and opera.
Others will be thrilled to see lovable grass tree Grug, who was once described
by The New York Times as the `Elmo of
Down Under', and who has bustled through over 30 picture books since he first
appeared in Grug in 1979.
With such classic characters included alongside newer stars, parents and
grandparents can not only share their favourites, but can also get to know the newer
characters who enchant their children and grandchildren. Today's little ones
love to go searching for Mem Fox and Judy Horacek's green sheep, who won the
CBCA Early Childhood Book of the Year Award in 2005. They grump along with Nick
Bland's bear, who has been cranky, itchy, hungry and noisy, to name but a few
of his dispositions. And they giggle at greedy Pig, the pug, who is awfully
mean to his flatmate Trevor, but who always gets his comeuppance in the end.
All these characters and more showcase the breadth of Australian
children's books over the last century and give readers of all ages the chance
to get to know their favourite characters a little better.
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