I'm back again with a brand new book. Yes, it's The Word Spy Activity Book! You might have read The Word Spy and The Return of the Word Spy. This one is different because now YOU get to write and draw in it as well. It's full of new discoveries, crazy games and playful puzzles, which all have one thing in common: WORDS!
Inside the pages of this book you'll meet the mad word inventor, put on a shadow puppet play, learn how to solve cryptic crosswords, make up your own bingo lingo, create your own font – oh, there's just so much, you'll just have to open it up and find out for yourself!
About the Author
Ursula Dubosarsky is widely regarded as one of the most talented and original writers in Australia today. She is the author of many outstanding books, both for young adults and for children, and has won numerous awards for excellence. Abyssinia was winner of the 2004 South Australian Festival Award for Literature - Young Adult. It was also shortlisted for the Ethel Turner Prize in the 2004 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, the Queensland Premier's Literary Award - Young Adult and the NSW State Literary Award - Young Adult. In 2006 Ursula won both the NSW and Victorian Premier's Awards for Theodora's Gift. In 2007 The Red Shoe won the Queensland Premiers Award, the NSW State Literary Award -Young Adult, and was an Honour Book in the CBC Book of the Year Award: Older Readers. Ursula lives in Sydney with her family. She has recently earned a PhD in English literature at Macquarie University.
Her most recent picture book is The Terrible Plop, illustrated by Andrew Joyner, which since its publication in March 2009, has been made into a very successful play and been published in both the UK and USA. Her collaboration at Penguin with Tohby Riddle for The Word Spy and Return of the Word Spy is already proving how prescient an author she is, with the current emphasis swinging back to teaching the basics of grammar in primary school.
About the Illustrator
'Tohby knits well but is also a chatterbox, so his socks are not finished. I hope he finishes them in the holidays.'
Many years have passed since this mixed primary school report on Tohby Riddle. And although his socks remain unfinished, he has been able to complete other undertakings, including a degree in art and a degree in architecture - neither of which involved any knitting.
Tohby Riddle is the award-winning creator of picture books such as The Singing Hat, The Great Escape from City Zoo and Irving the Magician (all three were shortlisted for CBC Picture Book of the Year and more), and the cult favourite, The Royal Guest. In 2008, Tohby illustrated The Word Spy by Ursula Duborsarsky, which won the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature in the 2009 NSW Premier's Literary Awards and was an honour book in the 2009 CBC Book of the Year awards. A much-anticipated second book, The Return of the Word Spy, was published in May 2010.
His picture book, Nobody Owns the Moon won the Best Designed Picture Book in the 2009 APA Book Design Awards, and was shortlisted for both the 2009 CBC Picture Book of the Year and the Patricia Wrightson Prize in the 2009 NSW Premier's Literary Awards.
Tohby also has two cartoon collections What's the Big Idea? and Pink Freud. The cartoons in these books first appeared before a wide audience in Good Weekend - the weekend magazine of the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne's The Age, where he was cartoonist for nearly ten years. Some of the cartoons have been hung in the National Museum of Australia.
In May 2009, Tohby published his first novel for the young adult/adult market called The Lucky Ones. His latest picture book, My Uncle's Donkey, was published in August 2010. Tohby Riddle lives with his family in the Blue Mountains, outside Sydney, Australia.
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old
For Grades: 4 - 6
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 26th April 2012
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 18.7
Weight (kg): 22.1