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Australia: Illustrated

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Tania McCartney

Australia: Illustrated

Tania McCartney

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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 http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/03/150306-quokkas-selfies-animals-science-photography-australia/ or http://www.boredpanda.com/quokka-selfie-trend-cute-rodent-australia 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!



Tania McCartney writes for both adults and children, and has been shortlisted and awarded for both published and unpublished works. An experienced magazine writer, editor and speaker, she has been writing professionally for over 25 years and has almost a thousand articles and reviews in print and online. She also founded Kids’ Book Review, the number one children’s literature site on the web, and the 52-Week Illustration Challenge. Tania has many years’ experience in book design and has a deep love of illustration. Australia: Illustrated is her first self-illustrated picture book. An Ambassador for the National Year of Reading (2012), and a Friend of The Reading Hour, she is also passionate about literacy. She has lived in Paris, London and Beijing, and currently lives in Canberra with her very supportive family, and a mountain of books.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardcover | 280 x 245 mm | 100+ Colour Illustrations | 96 Pages | 


Educate Empower, August 2017

"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"

Queensland Times, June 2017

"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." - Click here to view.

Tell Tales to Me, April 2017

"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."

Peninsula Kids, March 2017

"showcases (Australia's) everyday quirks and idiosyncrasies"

SCAN Magazine, March 2017

"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"

Triple M Toowoomba, January 2017

Tania McCartney as interviewed on Triple M Toowoomba, discussing the joy of Australia: Illustrated. 

96Five Family, January 2017

A great interview from Tania, with 96Five Family.

Reading Time Online, January 2017

"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."

Readings, December 2016

"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." - Click here to read the full review.

Childs Magazine, December 2016

"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." - Click here to read.

Travel Writers Radio, December 2016

Tune in and hear Tania McCartney as interviewed on Travel Writers Radio. 

"A playful kids' encyclopedia of Australia. A book of joy!"

Sunday Telegraph, December 2016

"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."

The Book Chook, December 2016

"... 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."

ABC Broken Hill, December 2016

Tania McCartney as interviewed by Rebekah Lowe on the Breakfast Program

In The Good Books, November 2016

"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."

School Days, November 2016

"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"

Unity Words, November 2016

"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."

Pass It On, November 2016

"A secret regarding the colours in the book—they were taken from old Bewitched reruns. I took photos of some of the clothing and room settings on my TV then scanned the photos into Adobe Illustrator and eye-droppered the colours I wanted." - Find out more lesser known facts of Australia: Illustrated here.

My Book Corner, November 2016

"the love for Australia beams out from every page."

ABC 666 Canberra, November 2016

Click here to hear the interview with author Tania McCartney - which starts at 1 Hour 43 Minutes

Pinerolo, November 2016

"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."

ABC Brisbane, October 2016

"timeless..very collectable...real humour and heart in the illustrations"

Sydney Morning Herald, October 2016

"a beautifully-drawn, 96-page exploration of our nation and the differences between cultures in each state and territory." - Click here to read the full review.

5 Things I Know About, October 2016

"Tania’s ‘Australia: Illustrated‘ is a visual tribute to Australia that will have children and adults mesmerised." - Click here to read the full review.

New Idea, October 2016

"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!"

Boomerang Books Blog, October 2016

"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."

Kid's Book Review, October 2016

"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." - Read the full review here.

The Bottom Shelf, October 2016

“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."

Culture Chest, September 2016

Culture Chest have done a terrific Author spotlight on Tania McCartney in the lead up to her latest title Australia: Illustrated. The spotlight sheds much insight on Tania's creative process and background, and is great read for not only authors and illustrators, but all creatives. 
Find the Author Spotlight here

Huntingdon School, Years 4-6

They were enthralled with what would be in each state and loved sharing if they had been to a particular location. They thought the illustrations captured Australia's humour and things important to us.Aaron, age 11 gave it 5 stars he said 
"this is a really good book it was fun looking at it with my mum and dad we had fun reading it" he liked everything about it, his favourite part was "all of it"

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