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Bottersnikes & other lost things

Juliet O'Conor
The Miegunyah Press in association with the State Library of Victoria
Hardback 272pp Illustrated ISBN 9780522856514

From schooldays to fantasy worlds, from 19th century beginnings to the 21st century, this beautifully illustrated volume includes works not only from some of Australia's best known and loved writers and illustrators, but it also illuminates the lesser known components of Australian children's literature.

The breadth of this beautifully illustrated book prompts new insights into the history of Australian children's literature. It features Mem Fox and Patricia Mullins, Libby Hathorn and Gregory Rogers, Gary Crew and Shaun Tan, Pamela Allen, Bob Graham, and old favourites such as May Gibbs and Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. The book brings back memories of The magic pudding, Animalia, Possum magic, Seven little Australians and many more.

Juliet O’Conor is responsible for the State Library of Victoria’s Children’s Literature Collection of more than 100,000 Australian and overseas children’s books. O’Conor speaks, writes and advises on children’s literature and is researching a doctorate in Indigenous Australian traditional stories.

This book is out of print, but you can find it in the Library's collection.