ERA Picture Books

Book 1
Era Publications
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Arthur is a very ordinary brown dog in Mrs Humber’s pet shop. All the
other animals find homes, but nobody wants Arthur. So he tries to be a
rabbit, a snake, a fish… in fact anything, so someone would give him a
home with a pair of old slippers to chew. Arthur is a lovable character
who has captured the hearts of readers all over the world.
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About the author

 Arthur began his life as Bert the bun in a baker’s shop window in Amanda Graham’s original manuscript titled “Nothing Very Special”. The story was rewritten to change the bun character to a dog in a pet shop. The dog was first named ‘Rex’ but just prior to publication was changed to ‘Arthur’.

Author biography:

Amanda began her fulltime working life as a drama teacher. Her first work accepted for publication was “Picasso the Green Tree Frog” but “Arthur” was her first published work. “Arthur” was short listed for the Australian Picture Book of the Year in 1984 and won the Federation of Children’s Book Groups UK “Children’s Award” in 1985. It has since been published in 8 languages other than English.

 Apart from her strong picture book backlist, Amanda is also a prolific and internationally successful writer of educational titles in series for literacy education.

 Amanda was always drawn to illustration, so she left teaching and completed a degree in illustration and design. Her illustrations, including “Cinderella/Alex & the Glass Slipper”, “The First Musician” and “Lovely Lunch” display a stunning versatility in style.

Amanda has three children (including twins) and lives in Adelaide, South Australia with her teacher/author husband Michael.

Other Era picture books by Amanda Graham:

Picasso the Green Tree Frog (1985)

Educating Arthur

Always Arthur

Illustrator biography:

Donna Gynell’s first picture book was “Tari’s First Christmas” which she illustrated while still at art school. “Arthur” was her second book. Donna grew up at Port Lincoln in South Australia, then, on the recommendation of one of her high school teachers, studied illustration and design at the University of South Australia in Adelaide.

 Donna now has three children and lives and works in Adelaide with her partner who is also a graphic designer. Donna’s illustration work has included many titles for reading series in primary schools.

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Era Publications
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Nov 11, 2011
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