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A Day in the Life of Me - John Marsden

A Day in the Life of Me

By: John Marsden, Craig Smith (Illustrator)

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'Hello gorgeous,' Mum said when I woke up. 'What would you like for breakfast? You can have anything you want.' I had cherries, coke, crumpets and raspberry ice cream.

So begins a day in the life of one boy. But it's a day with a difference - a perfect day.

Not only does his dog Muffin come to school, he easily wins the spelling quiz and gets a standing ovation from his classmates.

It is a day like no other - when he can do exactly what he wants! Or is it?

About The Author

John Marsden lives in Kerrie, Victoria. He is Australia's most popular writer of Young Adult fiction. His books have sold more than a million copies worldwide and he has won, or been short-listed for, every major award for Young Adult literature in Australia, including the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year, the National Children's Book awards and numerous children's choice awards. The gripping war series, which began with Tomorrow when the War Began, has broken all sales records for Young Adult fiction. Burning for Revenge was recently awarded the Bookdata-ABA Book of the Year Award (1998). John Marsden's move into picture books has been highly acclaimed, following the release of Prayer for the 21st Century in 1997 and Norton's Hut in 1998. The Rabbits was named CBC Book of the Year in 1999. A Day in the Life of Me is his fourth picture book.

About the Illustrator

Craig Smith has an excellent track record as a children's book illustrator. He first teamed with Gary Crew to provide a remarkable interpretation of Troy Thompson's Excellent Poetry Book and Troy Thompson's Radical Prose Folio. The more recent of his awards include CBC Honour Book : Younger Readers (1999) for Bob the Builder and The Elves, Short listed CBC Book of the Year: Younger Readers for Billy the Punk (1996) and Short listed CBC for Not Again, Dad by Thurley Fowler (1995). Craig has also illustrated the Paul Jennings titles : The Cabbage Patch Fib and The Cabbage Patch War. Craig lives in Healesville, Victoria.

John Marsden

John Marsden was born in Victoria, Australia in 1950. He went to many different primary schools, and from an early age enjoyed the journeys into magical worlds that reading could provide. His teachers in Grade 4 and Grade 6 encouraged him to write, and at the age of nine he decided he wanted to become an author.

For seven years he attended The King's School Parramatta, a strict military school in Sydney, and from there went on to the University of Sydney. However, he soon decided that a career in law looked too boring, so he dropped out and drifted around for nearly 10 years, trying different jobs, and earning just enough money to support himself.

When he was 28, he began a teaching course, which he loved from the start. Embarking on a teaching career, he also became more and more interested in writing, and in 1987 succeeded in getting his first book, So Much to Tell You, published. A string of huge hits followed, highlighted by the Tomorrow series and The Ellie Chronicles. John has now sold more than two and a half million books in Australia alone, but is also an international best-seller, with many major awards to his credit.

John's interest in education has never waned. In 1998 he bought the Tye Estate, 850 acres of natural bush, on the northern edge of Melbourne, and later added the property next door. For eight years he ran enormously popular writers' courses and camps at Tye, before starting his own school there, Candlebark, in 2006.

Candlebark is a P-8 school, which has been described by John as "somewhere between Steiner and The Simpsons". Its friendly lively and positive atmosphere has resulted in such early success that it has a four-year waiting list.
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ISBN: 9780734401960
ISBN-10: 9781456788711
Audience: General
For Ages: 4 - 7 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st July 2002
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Dimensions (cm): 26.8 x 23.5  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.36