(1 November 2016, EK Books, $29.99, hardcover + cloth-bound, 9781925335217)
New Zealand $29.99
UK £12.99 (28 Nov)
Australia. Big. Beautiful. Diverse. From First People to washing lines and crocodiles, football and sunshine, koalas and Akubras, skyscrapers and beaches that squeak, this 96-page tome is an illustrious homage to this wide brown land and its rich and varied multicultural communities.
Vibrantly illustrated with watercolour, ink, mono-printing and digital art, Australia Illustrated not only celebrates the more ‘typical’ Australian flora, fauna and landmarks, it showcases the everyday quirks and idiosyncrasies that make Australia unique. Types of rain, Greek street food, Sydney ferries, cattle breeds, plants of the Daintree—even the quokka selfie epidemic—will delight both children and adults.
Divided into Australia-wide entries and also elements from each state and territory, readers will learn more about the endemic plants, animals, foods, landmarks, sports and oddities that make the regions around Australia special.
Whimsical, humorous and high in detail, this is Australia like you’ve never seen it before. Grab your snorkel. Let’s dive in.
Australia Illustrated marks the illustration debut of award-winning author, Tania McCartney.
Rarely have I been so blown away by a book's design that I have actually stroked the pages - but I love Australia: Illustrated ... This should be under every Christmas Tree! - New Idea
[The kids] were enthralled with what would be in each state and loved sharing if they had been to a particular location. They thought the illustrations captured Australia's humour and things important to us. Aaron, age 11, gave it 5 stars. He said: "This is a really good book. It was fun looking at it with my mum and dad. We had fun reading it." He liked everything about it. His favourite part was "all of it". - Huntingdon Public School, New South Wales
I have just finished reading your book and had to tell you how amazing it is. The amount of work is mind-blowing... The last book that stopped me in my tracks like this was The Eleventh Hour when I was 10 years old... You have created more than a book. It's a work of art that needs to be in every house. - author/illustrator Suzanne Houghton