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Stephen Michael King is renowned worldwide for picture books including The Pocket Dogs and The Man Who Loved Boxes. Books he has both written and illustrated include A Bear and a Tree, Leaf, Rainbow Bear, Mutt Dog, Snail and Turtle are Friends, and most recently Three. Many of his books have been shortlisted by the CBCA, and have won or appeared frequently on children's own voting lists such as YABBA. Stephen has illustrated many stories for the Penguin Random House Aussie Nibbles series and has most recently embarked on some crazy pirating adventures with Andrew Daddo for the Atticus Van Tasticus junior fiction series.

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Atticus Van Tasticus by Andrew Daddo & Stephen Michael King

As part of an ancient family tradition, young Atticus Van Tasticus narrowly escapes a life down the coal mines – or worse, going to school – when he gets to choose the gift of a pirate ship from his Grandnan’s treasure pile. A fabulously funny new illustrated junior fiction series from the brilliant and whacky creative minds of Andrew Daddo and Stephen Michael King. https://www.penguin.com.au/books/atticus-van-tasticus-9780143796541

Atticus Van Tasticus 2: The Map of Half Maps by Andrew Daddo and Stephen Michael King

ATTICUS VAN TASTICUS is back. And this time he means business. Having escaped certain disaster on the high seas, he’s on the scent of treasure. Then the call comes from above: 'Ship ahoy, Captain, ship ahoy!' If only it were good news, which of course it ain't. Vicious, mean and mighty unclean Bjorn Ironhead is on the warpath – and Atticus and his crew are in his sights. Stay and fight, or run and hide? But where do you hide a pirate ship, and who’s this Captain Half Map, and, most of all, where’s that TREASURE OF TREASURRRRES?! Join Atticus and his crew as they roll from one adventure to certain disasterrrrr… Available in paperbacks, ebooks and audiobooks: Atticus Van Tasticus 1: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/atticus-van-tasticus-9780143796541 Atticus Van Tasticus 2: The Map of Half Maps: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/atticus-van-tasticus-2-the-map-of-half-maps-9781760892913 #AtticusVanTasticus #AndrewDaddo #StephenMichaelKing

Puffin Celebrates 80 Years | Author Q&A Part 4

Buy now: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/lists/puffins-80th-picks To commemorate our 80th anniversary, we asked some of our favourite people -- our Puffin authors and illustrators -- a bunch of weird and wacky questions! Hear what Aleesah Darlison, Aura Parker, Mark Greenwood, R.A. Spratt, Stephen Michael King and Heath McKenzie had to say. Keep your eyes peeled for more Puffin videos, coming soon!

Need a Book Week costume quickly?

Book Week is an amazing chance for your child to get creative, engage with their favourite books and dress up in character. If you need a costume, stat, here are a few ideas to help you get something incredible off the ground before the big day . . . 

Jolabokaflod - Your new favourite Christmas tradition

Jolabokaflod is the beautiful Icelandic tradition of gifting books on Christmas Eve.

Win a mural by Stephen Michael King

Plus a visit from Andrew Daddo!

Puffinalia for educators

Celebrating 80 years of Puffin!

Easy activities for kids at home

Keep the kids entertained with these fun book-related ideas. There's an activity book for every age: one for littlies, one for kids and one for grown-ups too!

At home lesson: pirate inspired imaginative writing

All hands hoay with these creative writing tips!

9 audiobooks for the whole family to enjoy

The perfect way to listen and learn!