A moving and inspiring story about how we remember the past from two of Australia's most acclaimed picture book creators, Gary Crew and Shaun Tan. This CBCA Award-winning bestseller is now part of LOTHIAN AUSTRALIAN FAVOURITES, a collection of the very best Australian picture books.
When the soldiers return from the Great War in 1918, a memorial tree is planted . . . 'Lest We Forget'. But generations later, what do those who pause in the shadows of the tree's immense branches remember?
Years on, the tree has grown to be huge and unruly, dislodging the statue next to it and creating a traffic hazard in what is now a much larger, busier town. A decision is made by a local council to cut the tree down . . .
MEMORIAL serves as a reminder of the lessons to be gained from the past and examine the significance of Anzac Day, conservation, respect and remembrance.
The beautiful and poignant CBCA Honour Book MEMORIAL is now part of LOTHIAN AUSTRALIAN FAVOURITES, a collection of the very best Australian picture books.
visually fascinating - NEW YORK TIMES on RULES OF SUMMER
an amazing picture book for all ages - THE GUARDIAN on RULES OF SUMMER
this stunningly original work defies easy categorization as it spins dual story lines into one spellbinding yarn ... Crew tantalizes to the very end, leaving readers to speculate enthusiastically on the riddles he craftily leaves unsolved. His tale will electrify his audience. - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY on STRANGE OBJECTS
STRANGE OBJECTS will continue to tease and perplex readers of all ages long after it has been read. - AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW on STRANGE OBJECTS
Gary Crew (Author)
Gary Crew writes short stories, novels and picture books. Gary is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. He is particularly interested in researching the creative links between fiction and nonfiction in his novels and the creative interface between print text and visual text in his picture books. During his publishing career of over 30 years Gary has won the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year four times, twice for novels and twice for his picture books; the New South Wales Premier's Award, the Victorian Premier's Award, the American Children's Book of Distinction, the Aurealis Best Children's Short Fiction, the Wilderness Society's Award for Environmental Writing, and the Royal Geographic Society Whitley Award. Gary lives on the waterfront of subtropical Bribie Island. When he is not writing or lecturing, he loves to walk by the sea or read.
Julian Laffan (Illustrator)
Julian Laffan is an artist, educator and curator. Julian graduated from the School of Art at the Australian National University in Canberra. He is currently a picture book judge for the Children's Book Council of Australia. He specialises in contemporary woodcuts and drawings, using these mediums to create sculptural objects and works on paper that explore themes of history and identity. Julian has produced a series of exhibitions that developed mentorship partnerships between emerging and established artists from across Australia. He is a member of The Culture Kitchen, a Canberra-based cross-cultural collaborative print group. He has worked on inter-cultural print based projects in East Timor, Indonesia and on the Thai-Burma border. His works are in the collection of the Australian Print Council, Canberra Museum and Gallery, and significant private collections.
Julian is a primary school teacher, living with Natasha and their son in Braidwood, New South Wales. He draws and sketches and takes background photographs that form a basis for the woodcuts that accompany this monograph. Julian is passionate about children becoming literate through great books, integrating with the importance of the arts.
For more about Julian visit julian-laffan.squarespace.com