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  • Published: 1 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143783749
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

Why I Love Summer


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There are four seasons in a year, and they’re all awesome, but only one of them gets to be summer!

Sunny days, weekends at the pool, games in the backyard, daylight until late and long, lovely holidays . . . that's summer, the best season ever.

The perfect follow up to the much-loved Why I Love Footy (Notables list, Picture Book of the Year category, CBCA 2016). An ode to a uniquely Australian experience and the joy of family and friends.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143783749
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Authors

Michael Wagner

Michael Wagner is a children's author, speaker and storyteller. He writes for early childhood and for older children and his recent books include Why I Love Footy illustrated by Tom Jellett.

Prior to becoming a children's author, Michael played in a band that almost became famous, spent ten years working as a radio broadcaster with the ABC, wrote and produced award-winning animation for television, and wrote and performed comedy. He is the author of the Maxx Rumble series, the Undys series and the Ted series. He also runs the publishing venture, Billy Goat Books.

Tom Jellett

Tom Jellett is an Australian illustrator based in Sydney. Tom has been an editorial illustrator for News Limited, working on The Australian, The Weekend Australian and The Daily Telegraph and his work has appeared in the South China Morning Post, The Week and Medical Observer.

He is an acclaimed children's book illustrator whose work includes a series about a little pirate (The Littlest Pirate), books about a teddy bear called Ted (Ted Goes Wild, Ted Gets Lost and Ted Hits Town) and the Sporty Kids series, written by Felice Arena.

His picture books with Justine Clarke and Arthur Baysting, The Gobbledygook is Eating a Book and The Gobbledygook and the Scribbledynoodle have been Australian bestsellers. His other acclaimed picture books include Why I Love Footy and Why I Love Summer with Michael Wagner, and Grandpa's Big Adventure written by Paul Newman.

In 2011, Tom was included in the editorial category for Illustrators 53, exhibited at the Society of Illustrators, New York.


Praise for Why I Love Summer

“Why I Love Summer celebrates the classic Australian summer, past and present, and the joy of family and friends. An ideal book for reading aloud with young readers, and for older children to read independently. Tom Jellett’s illustrations are a perfect foil to the text.”

Beth Dolan, Magpies


Awards & Recognition

  • Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards

    Shortlisted • 2019 • 5–8 Years

  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards

    Notable Book • 2019 • Picture Book


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