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About the Author: David Cox

David Cox is one of Australia's most prolific book illustrators. He has been described as 'a master of body language'. Spontaneity and wit characterise his style of illustration.

He was born and brought up in outback Queensland. When he left school, he followed family tradition and went to work on sheep and cattle stations. He enjoyed that a lot—he particularly liked riding and schooling horses.

When he was 21, David decided to go to England to study art (he had been drawing all his life). Without much idea of what field of art he would follow, he enrolled at St Martins School of Art. While in his first year at the school, he was offered his first book illustration commission, which he completed under the art direction of Australian illustrator Sheila Hawkins.

David stayed in Europe for eight years. Most of the time he was in London, but he also spent some time in France. When he came home to Australia, he went to work as an artist in the newspaper industry. He also wrote articles, book reviews and art reviews. In 1978, he was awarded the Walkeley Award for newspaper illustration.

David's writing and drawing for children began in the 1960s, with a series of three books, published in the UK, about two children and their pony. He went on to write and illustrate several more books, some of which have won awards and citations in Australia and in the USA, including Ayu and the Perfect Moon and The Drover's Dog. He has illustrated many books written by other people, including the ABC junior novel Captain Wetbeard.

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Paperback, Published in Jun 2011 by Walker Books

ISBN10: 1921720220 | ISBN13: 9781921720222

Page count: 32

In a Balinese village, a young girl performs a traditional dance.

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