Rich and beautiful, Gary Crew’s text is redolent with the sounds and colours of the Australian bush. This picture book for older children is an ode and an obituary to the indigenous landscape, much of which was destroyed by white colonists. Ignorance and selfishness can destroy the things we love and value most – the child whose parents don’t value his differences, the beauty of wild nature – and this story offers the reader a metaphor for the greater destruction of the environment through thoughtless acts.
ISBN: 9781876462871Publication date: August 2009Extent: 32 pagesFormat: 230 x 255 hardcoverPrice: AUD$26.95Category: Picture bookAge guide: 9+
In the Beech Forest
Gary Crew is an award-winning author of many books for young adults and children. He has won four Children’s Book Council of Australia awards, The Royal Zoological Society of NSW Whitley Award and The Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature.
Susy Boyer is a freelance illustrator and painter living and working on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Susy majored in Illustration and Design, and after graduating spent five years working as a graphic designer for magazine publishers in Sydney and London. After some wonderful years as the Assistant Art Director of The Australian Women’s Weekly, a yearning for more drawing time led her to change to a full-time career in illustration which has continued for over 20 years. Susy loves working in publishing, especially children’s books and has illustrated more than 80 titles, from picture books to readers for the educational market.