Inside the Australian and New Zealand book industry

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Putting the anarchy back into childhood

A recent interview with bestselling Australian children’s book creators Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton—which coincides with the release of their latest book and this month’s top-selling Australian children’s fiction title The 104-Storey Treehouse (Pan Macmillan Australia)—has some interesting insights into the philosophy behind their anarchic work.

‘Books are the last frontier of freedom and wilderness for kids, for imagining dangerous things, for imagining craziness and worst-case scenarios,’ says Griffiths, defending the storylines in his books that involve kids jumping into volcanoes, running across six lanes of traffic and lighting a cat’s tail on fire. If you haven’t checked out Griffiths and Denton’s work, there’s truly nothing quite like it.

In this month’s newsletter we report on the sale of a debut middle-grade fantasy series to Germany for a ‘record’ sum; and take a closer look at the winner of Australia’s teen-voted Gold Inky Award for Australian YA.

Andrea Hanke
Think Australian



Category: Think Australian Junior Editorial