Publication Date: 1st July 2020
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Building a mudbrick house is an adventure for everyone—Mum, Dad, kids and even Tess, the family dog! Heading out to the block to help make bricks, seeing their house take shape week by week, the children decide that Tess needs her own house too…
With warmth, sensitivity and liveliness in words and pictures, this book recreates the fun–and work!–of a special family experience, building your own unique house.
About the Author : Sophie Masson
Born in Indonesia to French parents and brought up in Australia and France, Sophie Masson is the award-winning author of over 60 books, for children, young adults and adults, published in Australia and internationally. Many of her books are novels, including Jack of Spades (Eagle Books 2017) The Hunt for Ned Kelly (Scholastic Australia) winner of the Patricia Wrightson Award in the 2011 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards; The Crystal Heart (Random House Australia), a 2015 CBCA Notable Book; and Thomas Trew and the Island of Ghosts (Hodder UK), shortlisted for the 2009 Aurealis Awards. Recently, Sophie has begun writing picture books, with the first being Two Trickster Tales from Russia, illustrated by David Allan (Christmas Press 2013), and no less than three published in 2017: Once Upon An ABC, illustrated by Christopher Nielsen, (Little Hare); Two Rainbows, illustrated by Michael McMahon (Little Hare) and Building Site Zoo, illustrated by Laura Wood (Hachette Australia). With her next picture book, See Monkey, to be illustrated by Kathy Creamer and published by Little Pink Dog Books in 2018, Sophie is thrilled that A House of Mud will again be with the same fabulous team. Seeing A House of Mud become a picture book has been a dream of hers and she is delighted it has found such a wonderful home.
About the Illustrator: Katrina Fisher
Katrina is a freelance illustrator based on the Bellarine Peninsula, south-west of Melbourne. She studied Fine Art at the Gordon Institute of TAFE in Geelong and Federation University in Ballarat in the mid 1990’s. In 2016 she completed a post graduate degree in Visual Communication Design at Deakin University.
Katrina works from her home studio, illustrating for a range of clients and undertaking her own personal projects. She works in traditional mediums, creating her illustrations using coloured pencil, graphite, watercolour, ink and gouache. She enjoys creating images of beauty and finds it wonderfully satisfying when her work connects with people and brings joy to the viewer.
Katrina exhibits her work around the region, conducts community art classes for children and is following her dreams of illustrating picture books for children. In 2018, Katrina won first place at the CYA Conference writing and illustrating competition in the illustrated picture book category (aspiring).
Some of Katrina’s work can be viewed on her website www.katrinafisherillustration.com