|Author:||Meg McKinlay; Leila Rudge (Illustrator)|
Ella wants to tell you a story -- a story with absolutely no bears. You don't need bears for a book. You need pretty things like fairies and princesses and castles and maybe funny things and exciting things. In Ella's kind of story, there are no bears in the village or the castle or the deep dark forest or faraway lands. But there might be . . . a monster Riffing on well-known fairy-tale themes, this fun, offbeat story is perfectly matched by playful illustrations with a running visual joke that will keep even bear lovers smiling.
Meg McKinlay grew up in Bendigo, Victoria, in a book-loving, TV- and car-free household. On the long and winding path to becoming a children's writer, she has worked a variety of jobs including swim instructor, tour guide, translator and teacher. These days, she lives with her family near the ocean in Fremantle and is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Western Australia, where she has taught Australian Literature, Japanese, and Creative Writing. Meg divides her time between teaching and writing, a balance that swings wildly between chaos and calm. She is always busy cooking up more books and you can visit her on the web at www.megmckinlay.com. 'Duck for a Day' has been short-listed for the 2011 CBCA Book of the Year Award - Younger Reader's Category. Meg McKinlay was short-listed for the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards for The Truth About Penguins in the Young Children Category and for Duck for a Day in the Lower Primary Category. No Bears was short-listed in the Early Childhood and Picture Book of the Year categories of the 2012 CBCA awards.