Murgatroyd was happy when his parents finally gave up trying to wash his hair … until a magnificent garden began to grow on his head. Murgatroyd hated, hated, hated having his hair washed. When his parents tried his screams were so loud they could be heard everywhere! So they stopped washing his hair, and a magnificent garden began to grow on his head. Murgatroyd’s Garden won Honour Book, Picture Book of the Year, at the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards in 1987. A great book about the struggle many parents go through to get their children to wash their hair. Detailed illustrations with have children pouring over each page.
Honour Book, Picture Book of the Year, at the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards in 1987.
About the author Originally from New Zealand, Judy’s father was working in India when she was born, and his work took the family to a number of countries. Travelling so much as children was rare at that time and books became both solace and refuge for Judy. She later married and had two sons, Zolton and Zachary, who were the inspiration for Murgatroyd’s Garden. Along the way, Judy worked in advertising and publishing before retraining for her first love: teaching English to adult migrants. She has two adorable granddaughters who she hopes will inspire her to write more children’s books. About the illustrator Drahos Zak arrived in Australia from the Czech Republic in 1980 after completing a PhD in Illustration and Graphic Design at Charles University, Prague. In Australia Drahos has worked as an Illustrator for various newspapers and magazines, but it is his illustrations for children’s books that have gained him international recognition. His work has brought him awards and commendations for more than 20 years including The Pied Piper of Hamelin retold by Robert Holden, which won best design at the APA awards and was a Notable Book, Book of the Year, Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards in 1998; The Brothers Gruesome, written by Susan Elgar, which was a Notable Book, Book of the Year, Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards in 2000; and The True Story of Mary Who Wanted to Stand on Her Head, written by Jane Godwin, was short-listed for Book of the Year: Younger Readers, Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards, won the White Raven UNESCO International Youth Library Award and the Aurealis Award, Children's Short Stories category all in 2006. Murgatroyd’s Garden was an Honour Book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Awards in 1987. Drahos has written and illustrated his latest book, Aroma and lives on the south coast of New South Wales.