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  • Published: 31 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742754307
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 130

Curly and the Fent

A new series from Sally Morgan (bestselling author of My Place) and her children, full of imagination, mischief and adventure – the perfect mix for boys aged 7 to 9.

A new series from Sally Morgan (bestselling author of My Place) and her children, full of imagination, mischief and adventure – the perfect mix for boys aged 7 to 9.

Curly gets in trouble enough already, but when the monster in the cupboard turns out to be a mischievous little creature called a Fent, Curly is about to find out where the trouble really starts!

Adults can't see the Fent, so when the Fent tickles Curly in the car until he shrieks, and farts in the classroom, and eats Curly's dad's new invention, there's no one to blame but Curly. So unfair! But there's worse to come. Curly lives next door to the school bully – and Billy can see the Fent too. Billy wants the Fent for himself. Can Curly save the Fent from Billy and get him home to his family?

  • Pub date: 31 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742754307
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 130

About the Authors

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan is one of Australia's best-known Aboriginal artists and writers.

For as long as she can remember, Sally wanted to paint and write but at school she was discouraged from expressing herself through her art because her teachers failed to see the promise in her individual style. It was not until she researched her family history and discovered her Aboriginal identity that she found meaning in her images and gained the confidence to pick up her paints again.

Sally’s widely-acclaimed first book, My Place, has sold over half a million copies in Australia. Her children's picture story books include Little Piggies and Hurry Up Oscar. She has collaborated with artist and illustrator Bronwyn Bancroft on several picture books including Dan's Grampa. Curly and the Fent was written by Sally in collaboration with her children Ambelin, Blaze and Ezekiel.

Sally is a Professor at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at the University of Western Australia and lives in Perth with her three children.

Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Ezekiel Kwaymullina is from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. He is the author of several picture books, including We All Sleep (2015), Dreamers (2014) and My Country
(2011), all illustrated by Sally Morgan.

Ambelin Kwaymullina

Ambelin Kwaymullina is an Aboriginal writer and illustrator from the Palyku people. The homeland of her people is located in the dry, vivid beauty of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Ambelin has written and illustrated a number of award winning picture books as well as writing a dystopian series – 'the Tribe' – for Young Adults. When not writing or illustrating, Ambelin teaches law and spends time with her family and her dogs.

Adam Hill

Adam Hill is an Indigenous painter, graphic designer, illustrator and cartoonist. Adam is a multi-award winner in the medium of acrylic on canvas, and his public artworks and murals have adorned the walls of schools, council structures and shopping malls. Recently Adam has illustrated Yirra and Her Deadly Dog, Demon by Anita Heiss. Adam is also an accomplished performer of Yidaki (Didgeridoo), and has performed for Nelson Mandela and at the Deadly Awards, the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony and the final of Australian Idol.

Praise for Curly and the Fent

“Throughout the book there are genuine moments of laugh-out-loud humour that boys will love. Sentences are short and easy to manage, perfect for 7 to 9 years olds . . . Highly recommended.”

Aleesah Darlison, Buzz Words

“A breathless read that keeps the reader's attention to the very end . . . With an ear from authentic dialogue the story is a real delight for the younger reader. Funny, sad, mysterious and magical this chapter book has all the right ingredients to make it a must read.”

Reading Time

“Based in reality with a touch of fantasy, Sally and the kids conceived the book to entice reluctant readers and appeal to children, especially boys seven to nine, who have reading difficulties. The team says they worked hard to keep the language accessible for struggling readers while maintaining a rollicking narrative.”

Koori Mail

“It is a story that should appeal to students who have a good imagination and who have developed independent reading skills. The themes of family relationships, coping with bullies and friendship are subtle and are sure to be enjoyed.”


“Shortlisted, Best Children's Illustrated Book 2008”

Aurealis Awards

“Well-known Aboriginal author Sally Morgan teams with her three adult children to write a humourous fantasy to amuse disenchanted young readers. The book contains easy text and great illustrations from Aboriginal artist Adam Hill. Great fun from a dedicated family of the Palkyu people from the Pilbara, hopefully with more adventures to follow.”

Illawarra Mercury

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