Nadia Wheatley began writing full-time in 1976, after completing
postgraduate work in Australian history. She writes non-fiction and
fiction, for both adults and children. Her picture book My
Place, illustrated by Donna Rawlins, was the Children's Book
Council of Australia Book of the Year for Younger Readers in 1988
and has recently been produced as a 26-part television series.
Seven other books by Nadia Wheatley have been honoured in the CBCA
awards, including Luke's Way of Looking.
Matt Ottley is a multi-award-winning picture book writer and illustrator. He spent his childhood in Papua New Guinea, and has travelled widely throughout Australia and the world. He worked for some years as a stockman on remote cattle stations in the Australian outback, then went on to study fine arts and music at college and university. He lived for three years in Britain where he worked as an equestrian painter. His controversial book and musical work for young adults, Requiem for a Beast was awarded the Children's Book Council of Australia's Picture Book of the Year in 2008, and the Queensland Premier's Award for Young Adult Literature in the same year. Matt's work has been translated into many languages and his picture book What Faust Saw was an international bestseller. Matt continues to work as an author, illustrator and composer.
...this is a poignant story with strong themes of a boy who sees the world differently and expresses it through his art...Matt Ottley has captured the essence of the text, and through his illustrations we can feel the emotions the boy and the teacher are feeling. Its colour-filled covers depict Luke joyously liberated and swinging from a tree branch amidst his abstract art. * Buzzwords Magazine *