Notable Book

Phil’s book Bridie’s Boots, illustrated by Sara Acton, has been awarded the honour of being named a Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book for 2015!

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Ride, Ricardo, Ride!

Phil’s new book Ride,Ricardo,Ride!, powerfully Illustrated by Shane Devries and published by Omnibus Scholastic, is OUT NOW!


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News for 2015

Phil has three new picture books due for release in 2015.
Ride, Ricardo, Ride!  is a story of resilience and courage. It is set in a village in Europe during WWII and is based on a true story. Illustrated by Shane Devries it will be published by Omnibus Books in March.
Newspaper Hats  touches gently on a child’s experience as she visits her her grandfather who is grappling with dementia. This story is based on personal experience and observation. Illustrated by Owen Swan, who collaborated with Phil on  ANZAC Biscuits, it will be published by Scholastic in June.
Be Brave Pink Piglet is about a piglet who encounters all sorts of problems the first time he ventures out alone across the farmyard. Illustrated by Sarah Davis, it will be published by Hachette in October.
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Bridie’s Boots

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Phil’s book, Bridie’s Boots, illustrated by the wonderful Sara Acton and published by Working Title Press, has been awarded the honour of being named a Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book for 2015.

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Three of Phil’s books presented to the Royal visitors

The Playford Library chose two of Phil’s books Bom Bah! and Nightwatch, both published by Working Title Press, to be presented to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when they visited Playford on the 23rd of April 2014.
And Phil’s book ANZAC Biscuits,published by Scholastic, was presented to the royals by one of the survivors of the Sydney bushfires who was chosen to meet  with the visitors and talk to them about the terrifying experience.
The books were all gifts to Prince George and will hopefully find their way into the royal library!
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ANZAC Biscuits named ‘Notable Book’

Phil’s book ANZAC Biscuits has received the honour of being named a Notable Book in the picture book category of the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Awards.

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ANZAC Biscuits shortlisted for WAYRBA

Phil’s picture book ANZAC Biscuits, illustrated by Owen Swan and published by Scholastic, has been shortlisted in the picture books category of the Western Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards!

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Dad’s Read

Phil has agreed to be an ambassador in South Australia for the Dad’s Read campaign run by the State Library of S.A. Check out the Dad’s Read website at http://dadsread.org.au/.
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Watch Phil talk about ‘Anzac Biscuits’

Phil talks with James from Pegi Williams Book Shop about ANZAC Biscuits and his inspiration for the book.

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Two new books available!

ANZAC Biscuits

Rachel is in the kitchen, warm and safe. Her father is in the trenches, cold and afraid. When Rachel makes biscuits for her father, she adds the love, warmth and hope that he needs.

This is a touching story of a family torn apart by war but brought together through the powerful simplicity of ANZAC Biscuits.

Night Watch
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Giraffe, Elephant, Hippo and Baboon all live by the lake, happily going about their own business until one day Giraffe spies the shadow of Lion – prowling … creeping … stalking … sneaking.

What are they to do now?

With a little Cooperation, problem solving and the developing of friendships they find a way to keep themselves safe.

Night Watch is a rhythmically raucous, read-a-loud story.

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