Australia Illustrated Reviews

Sunday, 4 December 2016

It's a nervy thing when you launch into a new arena (illustration), especially after decades of neglect! So it's been with great relief that Australia Illustrated is doing so well and that I may not have to put my paintbrush down just yet.

Below are some of the reviews that have been coming in so far. Thank you, everyone, for your kindness!

4 December 2016
Australia Illustrated Review in the Sunday (Funday) Telegraph (above)

2 December 2016
Australia Illustrated Review on The Book Chook

1 December 2016
Australia Illustrated review on The Good Books Blog

November 2016
Australia Illustrated review in School Days Magazine

November 2016
A Pinerolo endorsement of Australia Illustrated 

19 November 2016
Australia Illustrated in the Mummah Christmas Gift Guide

15 November 2016
Review of Australia Illustrated on Unity Words

5 November 2016
Australia Illustrated Review on Just So Stories

2 November
Australia Illustrated with Megan Daley on 612 ABC Brisbane Bookworms

2 November 2016
Canberra Times/Sydney Morning Herald interview--Australia Illustrated

1 November 2016
Australia Illustrated and Author Interview on Franki Hobson

31 October 2016
Australia Illustrated Review in New Idea

31 October 2016
Australia Illustrated Review in Reading's November catalogue

30 October 2016
Review of Australia Illustrated by author/illustrator Christina Booth

26 October 2015
Writing and Illustrating a Picture Book, Australia Illustrated, on DeeScribe

26 October 2016
Author Interview for Australia Illustrated on Pass it On blog

25 October 2016
Writing Non-Fiction Picture Books, Australia Illustrated, on Jen Storer's Girl and Duck

25 October 2016
Creating a Picture Book, Australia Illustrated, on Soup Blog

24 October 2016
Writing and Illustrating Books, Australia Illustrated, interview on Writing Classes for Kids

24 October 2016
Review of Australia Illustrated in Readings' November Catalogue

24 October 2016
In conversation interview on Australia Illustrated with Dimity Powell on Boomerang Books Blog

21 October 2016
Interview with author/illustrator Nicky Johnston for Australia Illustrated 

19 October 2016
Author Interview for Australia Illustrated on Creative Kids' Tales

October 2016
Australia Illustrated review on My Book Corner

October 2016
The Creation of a Picture Book, Australia Illustrated, on My Book Corner

8 October 2016
Review of Australia Illustrated on The Bottom Shelf


Christmas Book Reading at Dymocks

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Australia Illustrated in Dymocks and Harry Hartog Christmas Catalogues

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Oh such a lovely, lovely thing to see your book cover peeking from the pages of a Christmas catalogue.

Huge thanks to and Dymocks and Harry Hartog.

Thanks to David Jones, too, who are stocking the book!
click to see the entire kids' catalogue at Dymocks

click to see the entire Christmas catalogue at Harry Hartog

spotted at DJs

Challenge Art Auction!

Monday, 21 November 2016

After some luscious, original art or limited-edition prints for a truly unique Christmas gift? Over at the 52-Week Illustration Challenge, we are running our Christmas Art Auction with artworks from some of our fabulous illustrators.

Just head here and click on each album to see the artworks and instructions.

Bidding starts tomorrow!

Tuesday 22 November 8pm
Friday 25 November 8pm

Here is just some of the art to whet your appetite...

Penelopes Nest

Tania McCartney

Sarah Epstein

Nicky Johnston

Penny Fisher

One Word Wisdom with author/illustrator Aura Parker

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

1. What is the best thing about being an author? Words

2. What’s the worst thing? Doubt

3. How did creating your picture book Twig make you feel? Frenzied

4. What do you hope it brings its readers? Courageandjoy

5. What else do you like to do? Textiles

6. Who has influenced your writing the most? Marena Von Behr

7. What has been your biggest career reward? Response

8. What is the most important contribution an author/illustrator can make to the world? Beauty

9. What’s your biggest writing goal? Morebooksmorebeautifulness

10. What’s next? Anexhibitionandabigliedown

As an illustrator, designer and writer, Aura Parker creates bodies of work, including textile designs, prints and picture books. She is the co-founder of boutique Australian art and textiles label Studio Bonnie.

Aura's divine debut book, Twig, is out now! 
Learn more at her website.

Children's Book Creator Masterclass

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

If you are in Canberra, I hope you can come along to my Children's Book Creator Masterclass. It's going to be a super fun event--details below.

ACT Writers Centre
Saturday 19 November 2016
3 - 6pm
ACT Writers Centre, Canberra

Join author, illustrator and editor, Tania McCartney, for this exclusive 3-hour event for serious creators—an in-conversation workshop with content decided by you! Enjoy 2.5 hours of intensive conversation followed by a 30-min drinks and nibbles networking session with other creators (with an option to stay longer). All participants receive a copy of Tania's Fantastical Flying Creator PDF Workshop, valued at $99.

Click here for more info... bookings will be limited!

Australia Illustrated Cover Construct

Thursday, 10 November 2016

This little video reveals the construction of the cover 
of Australia Illustrated.

Goulburn Reader Writer Festival this weekend!

Monday, 7 November 2016

The Goulburn Reader Writer Festival is on this weekend--12 and 13 November--an inaugural event that's absolutely jam-packed with fun for families. 

On Saturday 12, I'll be doing a book reading with other fab authors, Edwina Wyatt and Danielle McDonald, in the Goulburn Library courtyard at 12.30pm--see here for details.

Then I'll be on a panel discussion with George Ivanoff and Danielle McDonald at 1.30pm. We'll be talking about the magic of reading to kids. See more here.

There's also a full day of events on Sunday. It promises to be a fabulous weekend--hope to see you there!

Australia Illustrated Book Launch Wrap-Up

Saturday, 5 November 2016

milkshake cupcake from the 'Quokka Selfies' page

It's a little surreal sitting here with a strong coffee, wrapping up my book launch for Australia Illustrated. When I first sat to begin sketching ideas for this book... well, it feels like a lifetime ago. It's almost dreamlike.

When I began speaking at the launch today, it indeed dawned on me that perhaps I was dreaming, and that everyone who came along was actually gatecrashing a dream and that I would soon wake up. This is how surreal it is to see, hold and touch my own illustrated book.

A huge thanks to everyone who came along (or sent messages!) to celebrate this dream-attainment today. Thanks to Harry Hartog bookseller in Woden for this sensational space and for their endless support. Thanks to my daughter Ella and my dear friend Sylvia (her name is in the book!) for the gorgeous photos, and thank you to EK Books and my publisher Anouska Jones for taking this punt on me and my work. I've heard whisper that the book may already go into reprint, so this is certainly a heady time (as dreams most often are).

Herewith a peek at the launch today, and you can see a video of me speaking and also mini interviews of local authors who were also in attendance, organised by the amazing Suzanne Kiraly of Aussie Writers, right here.

This was just the most happy, happy, warm and happy launch. I highly recommend the following of dreams ...

Megan Daley from Children's Books Daily talks about Australia Illustrated

Friday, 4 November 2016

Listen to the amazing Megan Daley of Children's Books Daily talk new kids' books with Sarah Howells of 612 ABC Brisbane in this Bookworms podcast.

A woman with a palpable passion for books, Megan covers:

1. Wonderful World Colouring Book - by Alison Lester

2. 'Australia Illustrated' written and illustrated by Tania McCartney

3. 'The Tales of Mrs Mancini' - Natalie Jane Prior

4. 'Violet Mackerel' and 'How to Make Small Things With Violet Mackerel' - written by Anna Branford

5. 'Hot Dog' - written by Anh Do

6. 'Artie and the Grime Wave' - written by Richard Roxburgh

7. 'Girl in Pieces' - written by Kathleen Glasgow

Book Launch for Australia Illustrated!

Thursday, 3 November 2016

If you're in Canberra, I'd love to see you there! 
If not, join me on my Virtual Launch right here 

Australia Illustrated Virtual Launch - 52-Week Illustration Challenge bonus challenge winner

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

I'm delighted to reveal the winner of the bonus challenge I ran on the 52-Week Illustration Challenge. The Challenge has been absolutely instrumental in the creation of Australia Illustrated, and I celebrated the launch of the book by running a special bonus challenge, where members could draw an Australian Child.

We had a glorious response (always the way with the Challenge!) and the winner is ...

Prue Pittock!

Congratulations to Prue! She wins a copy of my book.

Prue is a valued member of the Challenge. You can learn more about her and her artwork at

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