Graeme Base is possibly one of Australia’s most loved children’s author and artist. Originally from England, Graeme moved to Australia when he was 8, studying art throughout school and completing a Diploma of Art at Swinburne University of Technology. Graeme worked in design and advertising before turning to illustrating children’s books. Graeme’s first children’s book was My Grandma lived in Gooligulch, published by the first publishing house he sent it to! His next book, and possibly his most famous, Animalia, featured dozens of detailed paintings of animals, with, in what will become standard Base fashion, a gripping children’s story and a link between all of the illustrations. Graeme has written and illustrated twelve children’s books, including The Eleventh Hour, Uno’s Garden, and Jungle Drums.
Don’t forget to also mention the great book called “The Art of Graeme Base” by Julie Watts, which is basically a biography of Graeme and filled with images from his books, other artwork he has created, and anecdotes of his life (as retold by Graeme and his friends, colleagues and relatives). This book gives you an insight into the mind of the man who creates such elaborate and fun stories and pictures.