The Treasure in Books

I have recently spent more time exploring a slightly different form of Picture Books, and many of those are by Claire Saxby. Her books are a blend of narrative and non fiction information and many feature Australian animals…like Koala, Dingo or Emu.

I was led to think about this form by a member of my SCWBI critique group who has a very novel idea for a book.

Then this week the CBCA Awards were announced and a book by Claire Saxby, Koala was named as a Honour book. I have also had the chance to read another of her books, Dingo, published by Walker Books 2018 and I would guess it will make the lists next year.

The art work in this book is stunning; there are intense layers of oil paint on every page. The illustrator, Tannya Harricks is an award winning artist but this is her first picture book.