Monday, October 25, 2010

26th October Christobel Mattingley (1931) Eric Rohmann (1957)

Christobel Mattingley is a revered Australian author. She is commited to social justice, cultural issues and the natural environment and uses these as themes in her many books. She often writes about the effects of war and refugees. See The Miracle Tree; The Angel With the Mouth-Organ and her trilogy of novels about Asmir which begins with No Gun For Asmir.

Christobel began her working life as a librarian and teacher librarian before becoming a full-time writer. She writes for a wide audience. She has picture books such as The Race which is a story of injustice in a school setting, easy chapter books such as the ones she has done for the Aussie Bites series, Ginger and Hurry Up, Alice and then novels such as her recent Chelonia Green: Champion of Turtles, which is perfect for class discussions about threats to the environment with Year 2 and 3 classes.

Eric Rohmann is an American illustrator. He has illustrated books for others and written some for himself. His beautiful hand-coloured relief prints in My Friend Rabbit won the Caldecott Medal in 2003. He is also the illustrator of the covers for Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series.

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