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Luke's Way of Looking : Walker Classic - Nadia Wheatley

Luke's Way of Looking

Walker Classic

Paperback Published: 1st June 2012
ISBN: 9781921977725
Number Of Pages: 40
For Ages: 3+ years old

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Luke's Way of Looking by Nadia Wheatley and Matt Ottley is an award-winning story that celebrates what it means to be different.

All the boys in Luke's class see things the same way except for Luke, who has his own special way of looking. Luke feels as if he doesn t fit in. And then one day he discovers a place that feels like home. Suddenly, the whole world changes.

With vibrant, surreal images, Luke's Way of Looking, which won Honour Book in the 2000 CBCA Awards, is a fascinating exploration of a boy learning to believe in his own special individuality.

About the Author

Nadia Wheatley began writing full-time in 1976, after completing postgraduate work in Australian history. She writes non-fiction and fiction, for both adults and children. Her picture book My Place, illustrated by Donna Rawlins, was the Children s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for Younger Readers in 1988 and has recently been produced as a 26-part television series. Seven other books by Nadia Wheatley have been honoured in the CBCA awards, including Luke's Way of Looking.

About the Illustrator

Matt Ottley is a multi-award-winning picture book writer and illustrator. He spent his childhood in Papua New Guinea, and has travelled widely throughout Australia and the world. He worked for some years as a stockman on remote cattle stations in the Australian outback, then went on to study fine arts and music at college and university. He lived for three years in Britain where he worked as an equestrian painter. His controversial book and musical work for young adults, Requiem for a Beast was awarded the Children s Book Council of Australia s Picture Book of the Year in 2008, and the Queensland Premier s Award for Young Adult Literature in the same year. Matt s work has been translated into many languages and his picture book What Faust Saw was an international bestseller. Matt continues to work as an author, illustrator and composer.

Industry Reviews

...this is a poignant story with strong themes of a boy who sees the world differently and expresses it through his art...Matt Ottley has captured the essence of the text, and through his illustrations we can feel the emotions the boy and the teacher are feeling. Its colour-filled covers depict Luke joyously liberated and swinging from a tree branch amidst his abstract art. * Buzzwords Magazine *

Beautiful story of individuality


Fantastic story of a boy who thinks a little differently and learns he's not the only one in history to do so.



Essential read for students AND teachers


This book, beautifully supported by the illustrations, offers an insight into how we all learn in different ways. It acknowledges the power of a strong sense of self, and goes about this in such a gentle affirming way that you cannot help but be moved by the premise. An essential read for all primary students AND teachers alike and is well worthy of secondary student analysis.



Luke's Way of Looking

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ISBN: 9781921977725
ISBN-10: 1921977728
Series: Walker Classic
Audience: Children
For Ages: 3+ years old
For Grades: 2 - 3
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 40
Published: 1st June 2012
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 24.0  x 0.4
Weight (kg): 0.22

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