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A fascinating look at the man, his life and his art.

Creator of Animalia, The Eleventh Hour, The Waterhole and many other bestselling titles, Graeme Base has won the hearts of children and adults around the world with his lavishly illustrated picture books.

The Art of Graeme Base explores the life and work of this remarkable artist, and includes more than 200 illustrations, many of which have never been seen before. In this delightful account, former Penguin publisher Julie Watts looks closely at what went on behind the making of each of his books, as well as the creation of his musical and screen works.

Graeme Base's lively reflections, taken from extensive interviews for the book, and his caption commentaries on each illustration will immensely enrich readers' understanding of how he creates his imaginary worlds. The Art of Graeme Base invites readers of all ages to share his journey and to witness the development of a unique brand of genius.

'Watt's intimate storytelling style highlights Base's whimsical nature, delight in wordplay, prodigious talent, attention to detail, obsession with design and production values, and capacity for sheer hard work.' Australian Book Review
'The text is just as interesting as the glorious, full-colour spreads.' The Age

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    November 23, 2009


    240 pages

    RRP $49.95

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Awards and Recognition

  • Aurealis Award
    Illustrated Book