Australia : Illustrated

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A glorious picture-book tribute to Australia and all that makes it unique, from the iconic to the quirky. Australia. Big. Beautiful. Diverse. From the First People to washing lines and crocodiles, football and sunshine, koalas and akubras, skyscrapers and beaches that squeak, this 96-page picture book is a glorious tribute to this wide brown land and its rich and varied multicultural communities. Vibrantly illustrated with watercolour, ink and mono-printing, Australia Illustrated not only celebrates the more 'typical' Australian flora, fauna and landmarks, it also showcases the everyday quirks and idiosyncrasies that make Australia unique: the many types of rain, Greek street food, Sydney ferries, cattle breeds, the plants of the Daintree. Even the quokka selfie epidemic is featured! (Visit or for more on this global phenomenon!) Divided into Australia-wide entries as well as state and territory specific elements, readers will learn more about the endemic plants, animals, foods, landmarks, sports and oddities that make the regions around Australia special. Whimsical, humorous, high in detail, and guaranteed to delight both children and adults, this is a portrait of Australia like you've never seen it before. Grab your snorkel. Let's dive in!
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 96 pages
  • 255 x 289 x 14mm | 762g
  • Ek Books
  • Wollombi, Australia
  • English
  • 1925335216
  • 9781925335217
  • 90,725

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Australia has mountains and beaches and an enormous amount of sky. It's surrounded by ocean and has coral and deserts and rainforests and wattle and koalas and gelato and ferries and honey bees and sports fanatics and beautiful stars that you can pluck from the sea and hold in your hand. 

It also has cheese.  

This is a small slice of Australia like you've never seen it before. Grab your snorkel ... Let's dive in!
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Review quote

"Big, beautiful, and diverse" are the words McCartney uses to describe Australia, and they are the very words that could describe this book. It is big and it is fat (criteria important to some of our junior readers); it is beautiful with colour, iconic illustrations and few words; and it's diverse with its focus on a range of topics that don't usually feature in these sorts of texts. Each page is a vibrant explosion of colour and movement that celebrate our places and people in quirky ways." * The Bottom Shelf * "Australia Illustrated is the kind of book I loved as a child. So many details to notice and enjoy. Each double page spread has so much to see and think about. The illustrations capture the imagination and present Australia as the diverse, interesting, quirky, and beautiful land we know it to be." * Kid's Book Review * "with enough iconic charm to make both Banjo Paterson and Con the Fruiterer feel at home, her first self-illustrated picture book, Australia: Illustrated delivers a (very satisfying) slice of all things Aussie to an audience who might still remember what a frog cake is as well as those young enough to regard the Wheel of Brisbane as their first Ferris wheel ride." * Boomerang Books Blog * "Rarely have I been so blown away by a book's design that I have actually stroked the pages - but I love Australia: Illustrated ... This should be under every Christmas Tree!" * New Idea * "a beautifully-drawn, 96-page exploration of our nation and the differences between cultures in each state and territory." * Sydney Morning Herald * "Tania's `Australia: Illustrated` is a visual tribute to Australia that will have children and adults mesmerised." * 5 Things I Know About * "timeless..very collectable...real humour and heart in the illustrations" * ABC Brisbane * "A small slice of Australia but a very detailed and fascinating look at this unique country. Simple but so informative and such fun to dip into often, with quirky, delightful illustrations. Highly recommended." * Pinerolo * "the love for Australia beams out from every page." * My Book Corner * "Tania McCartney has created a book that inspires discussions in the readers - big and little. As you open to the first page you are met with words describing Australia - big, beautiful and diverse. I can tell you that this is a good description also of this book; it's content and the beautiful illustrations." * Unity Words * "We love the illustrations in this book with it's quirky way of showcasing an abridged version of iconic landmarks, beaches, skyscrapers, flora and fauna, products unique to each state and territory ... A fun book to have in your home or school library" * School Days * "Tania has captured the idiosyncrasies and diversity of our country perfectly. Each page tells its own story - there's food, festivals, beaches and more to explore! I would highly recommend this book as it truly is a visual feast that readers of any age will appreciate." * In The Good Books * "... visual tribute to Australia. Inside you'll find snippets and tidbits of Australian features, from ferries to fanciful place names, from ferns to flavours of gelato. All readers are sure to appreciate McCartney's enthusiasm for our rich and varied cultural heritage, and youngsters will giggle over the visual metaphors and quirky details." * The Book Chook * "dares the reader not to start at the beginning. Every page turn is a surprise and opening at random is an exciting way to experience this smorgasbord of words and pictures." * Sunday Telegraph * "Explore Australia with your little one through this beautifully illustrated book covering everything from native Australian animals, Aussie icons and slang words, to multiculturalism, signature foods and all the things that make each state unique." * Childs Magazine * "with over 1200 individually hand drawn illustrations, plus mono printing, digital art, filters patterns and more ... such great talent." * The Local Look * "Tania McCartney has showcased an impressive array of attributes that make us unique, which also makes this book an ideal gift for tourists and to send overseas as well. Highly recommended for ages 3 and up." * Readings * "This book is a festive visual celebration, containing marvellous snippets of our beautiful land. Although her first illustrated book, McCartney has a knack for encapsulating a glorious amount of detail and design to take us on this wonderful journey around the country. My kids and I loved exploring each State in Australia; from spotting familiar sites to discovering new mysteries of the unknown, and giggling along at the cute and quirky nuances." * Romi's Best of 2016 * "In a myriad of symbolic pictures, a range of iconic symbols represents all things Australian... the text provides opportunities for students to explore multiple layers of meaning" "showcases (Australia's) everyday quirks and idiosyncrasies" * Things We Love * "This book is like a coffee table book for everyone - not just for kids...Old and young will both love it and it will also make a great information book for overseas relatives and friends." * Australia Illustrated by Tania McCartney * "amazingly illustrated picture book ... learn about famous Australians, the type of weather, iconic buildings ... explore endangered and endemic animals, local food and hidden bush tracks"
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About Tania McCartney

Tania McCartney is an award-winning Australian author of both children's and adult titles. The founder of Kids' Book Review and the 52-Week Illustration Challenge, she is a self-confessed book nut, as well as an experienced editor, illustrator and speaker. Tania lives in Canberra with her family.
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15 ratings
4.2 out of 5 stars
5 53% (8)
4 20% (3)
3 20% (3)
2 7% (1)
1 0% (0)
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