Author(s): Libby Gleeson; Freya Blackwood (Illustrator)
Pride and Prejudice and The Taming of the Shrew meet at the chicken shed in this funny and touching story of antagonism and love
Banjo is a hardworking farm dog and Ruby Red is a haughty chicken, and they never see eye to eye. But when Ruby Red falls ill, the tables seem about to turn. Stunning illustrations perfectly capture the endearing personalities of boisterous Banjo and headstrong Ruby Red.
Books were hugely important to Libby Gleeson as a child, and have remained the focus of her adult life. Libby's fiction and picture books have won multiple awards, including CBCA short-listings and wins, State Premier's Literary Awards, the Bologna Ragazzi Award in 2000, and the Prime Minister's Award in 2013. For her services to children's literature, Libby has been honoured with the Lady Cutler Award (1997), Member of the Order of Australia (2007), the Dromkeen Medal (2011) and the Nan Chauncy Award (2015). Freya Blackwood is a rising star in the international world of children's books. She was born in Edinburgh and grew up in Orange in NSW, Australia. Freya's illustrations for Two Summers won the Crichton Award in 2004 and the book was shortlisted for the Picture Book of the Year Award in the Children's Book Council of Australia 2004 awards. Emily Rapunzel's Hair was shortlisted in the Early Childhood section of the Children's Book Council of Australia 2006 awards. Her latest book Amy & Louis, which won the 2007 CBCA Picture Book of the Year for Younger Readers, was written by Libby Gleeson and has been published in Australia, the US, Germany, France and Korea. Freya has just illustrated a book written by Roddy Doyle which was published by Arthur A. Levine Books. Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House, written by Libby Gleeson was published in October 2009 by Little Hare and has been shortlisted for the 2010 CBCA Early Childhood book of the year. In October 2010 Little Hare will be publishing Maudie and Bear, a picture book with renowned children's book writer, Jan Omerod. Having spent many years living in Wellington, New Zealand Freya now lives in Orange with her little girl Ivy, who was the inspiration behind her picture book Ivy Loves to Give (Little Hare, September 2010). Freya is also the illustrator for the award-winning Look, a Book! and the forthcoming Go to Sleep, Jessie! (both written by Libby Gleeson).