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: A Lion in the Night
A wild chase that takes the Queen, the King, the Admiral, the Captain, the General, the Sergeant and even the little dog through the night.
A wild chase that takes the Queen, the King, the Admiral, the Captain, the General, the Sergeant and even the little dog through the night.
Published: 03/10/1988
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780140509397
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:  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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30 Jul 2015
2015 Man Booker Prize longlist announced
We are delighted with the news that four Penguin Random House titles have been longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize:Did You Ever Have a Family, Bill CleggThe Green Road, Anne EnrightSatin Island, Tom McCarthy

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