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Big Pet Day

Lisa Shanahan, Gus Gordon

6 Reviews

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Fiction, Picture books


Two stars of Australian picture books join forces to create an irresistible and unlikely pet!

Today is Pet Day in Lily's class. All the kids bring in their pets - hermit crabs, parrots, mice, puppies, ferrets and ducks - but Lily brings her dragon. Class smarty-pants Courtney says to Lily that dragons are only in fairy tales so how could she have a dragon? However, when all the pets misbehave in the middle of the all-important pet parade, guess who (or what) saves the day?

This gorgeous and funny story about finding your voice is the first collaboration between two of Australia's leading picture book creators.

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Praise for Big Pet Day

  • Quirky, soulful and alive...a book to treasure, like a favourite song. - Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief on Gus Gordon's HERMAN AND ROSIE

  • Clever, sweet and brilliant in every way - The West Australian on Gus Gordon's HERMAN AND ROSIE

  • Gus Gordon's mixed media illustrations are amazing. - Reading Time Magazine on Gus Gordon's HERMAN AND ROSIE

  • If there is such a thing as a perfect Australian picture book, this might be it. - Sydney s Child Magazine on Gus Gordon's HERMAN AND ROSIE

  • a joy to read aloud - Magpies on Lisa Shanahan and Emma Quay's BEAR AND CHOOK BY THE SEA

  • This book is a sheer delight. - Melbourne s Child Magazine on Lisa Shanahan and Emma Quay's BEAR AND CHOOK BY THE SEA

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Lisa Shanahan

Lisa Shanahan (Author)
Lisa Shanahan is an award-winning writer of picture books and fiction for young people. Some of her well-loved books include GORDON'S GOT A SNOOKIE, illustrated by Wayne Harris, and BEAR AND CHOOK and DADDY'S HAVING A HORSE, illustrated by Emma Quay. Her picture book BEAR AND CHOOK BY THE SEA, illustrated by Emma Quay, won the CBCA Book of the Year for Early Childhood in 2010 and BIG PET DAY, illustrated by Gus Gordon, won the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award for the 5-8 age group in 2015.

Lisa loves moon-gazing, making up words, mint slices, mock orange blossom, black cockatoos, shouts of unexpected laughter, the weight of a scruffy dog resting on her knee and cups of tea. She lives in Sydney, close to the river of her childhood, with her husband, their three sons and one bouncy spoodle.

Binny (Illustrator)
Binny is an award-winning illustrator and designer whose hand-drawn and playful illustrations can be found widely across the US, UK, Japan and Australia in major children's clothing brands, children's toys, interior design, books, album covers and greeting cards. Binny's illustration career has flowed on from a design background as an agency Art Director and Creative Director and an honours degree in Visual Communications. She is the creator and illustrator of the app SNEAKY SAM. Her authorial debut, ORIGAMI HEART, was published by Hachette in 2016.

To see more of Binny's work, you can follow her on instagram @binnyillustration, on twitter @binnytalib or visit her website at

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