A survey of children's picture books

Diverse memories of childhood, ranging from Indigenous and migrant experiences to the Great Depression, permeate these evocative Australian picture books. Admired illustrator Bruce Whatley displays his range of styles in a pair of them; two others are set in Western Australia and Queensland. The potential danger of water is a disconcerting theme.

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Joy Lawn

Joy Lawn

Joy Lawn is a freelance writer and reviewer for The Weekend Australian (where she writes the YA literature column) and Magpies magazine. Her work also appears in Books+Publishing, SMH, and The Age.

Joy judges several literary awards, and blogs about literary fiction, young adult and children's literature. She teaches at USQ (external).

She is fascinated by ideas and images and how authors and illustrators express these with truth and originality.