Pamela Allen (Author, Illustrator)

About

Pamela Allen

Pamela Allen is a phenomenon in the world of children's literature. For almost thirty years her picture books have enchanted generations of children in Australia and overseas and many of her titles have won prestigious awards and commendations. She has earned classic status through the enduring popularity of her stories with the very young.

 

Pamela's books are full of the music of language; they are 'fragments of theatre', designed to be read aloud and shared between an adult and a child. Eight of Pamela's titles were adapted for the stage by Patch Theatre Company, and performed in the Sydney Opera House. In 2004, Grandpa and Thomas won the Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award: Early Childhood and The Potato People was named an Honour Book in the same category in 2003, and Grandpa and Thomas and the Green Umbrella was shortlisted for the same award in 2007, as was Shhh! Little Mouse in 2008. Is Your Grandmother a Goanna? won a 2008 Speech Pathology of Australia Book of the Year Award, as did Our Daft Dog Danny in 2010.

 

'From Pamela Allen's first publication in 1980 it was clear that here was a creator of picture books with all the glow, gesture, din and dance to capture the attention, engage the imagination, teach, show, tickle and excite small children.' Meg Sorensen, Australian Book Review

 

Pamela Allen lives in New Zealand with her husband.

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Book Cover:  Alexander's Outing
'Stay close, take care,' quacked Alexander's mother. But Alexander was a wayward duckling – he straggled behind ... and disappeared down a deep dark hole ...
'Stay close, take care,' quacked Alexander's mother. But Alexander was a wayward duckling – he straggled behind ... and disappeared down a deep dark hole ...
Published: 03/10/1994
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780140554786
Book Cover:  Bear's Lunch, The
When Wendy and Oliver decide to have a picnic in the woods, they are surprised by a great big growly bear! But wait and see what happens when Oliver and Wendy growl back!
When Wendy and Oliver decide to have a picnic in the woods, they are surprised by a great big growly bear! But wait and see what happens when Oliver and Wendy growl back!
Published: 01/09/1998
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780140562415
Book Cover:  Belinda
What is Old Tom to do? If he cannot catch Belinda, there will be no milk for anyone... Discover how he solves his problem in this hilarious tale. 32 pages Paperback
What is Old Tom to do? If he cannot catch Belinda, there will be no milk for anyone... Discover how he solves his problem in this hilarious tale. 32 pages Paperback
Published: 02/05/1994
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780140544930
Book Cover:  Bertie
With all Pam's trademark simplicity of line and characterisation, this is the perfect book to share with the littleies in your life. Together you can choose... are you happy or grumpy?
With all Pam's trademark simplicity of line and characterisation, this is the perfect book to share with the littleies in your life. Together you can choose... are you happy or grumpy?
Published: 24/04/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076956
Book Cover:  Bertie & The Bear
When Bertie is chased by a bear, all sorts of people chase after him and make all sorts of deafening sounds.
When Bertie is chased by a bear, all sorts of people chase after him and make all sorts of deafening sounds.
Published: 01/03/1990
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780140509724

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20 May 2016
Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards Shortlist Announced
We are delighted to announce that the following Penguin Random House authors have been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards:

Suri’s Wall by Lucy Estela and Matt Ottley
Ollie and the Wind by Ronojoy Ghosh

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