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Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley - Aaron Blabey

Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley


Published: March 2009
For Ages: 3 - 6 years old
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RRP $16.99

Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley are the best of friends. But they are different in almost every way . . .

Pearl likes solving mysteries and moves rather fast in the world.

Charlie likes taking baths and watching his garden grow.

So how can Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsely be such goods friends?

A delightfully uplifting tale about self-belief, courage - and above all - the power of friendship.

About the Author

Aaron Blabey is the author and illustrator of numerous children’s books published by Penguin Australia. In 2012 – The National Year of Reading - he has the honour of being the joint National Literacy Ambassador with the wonderful Libby Gleeson.

Aaron’s first book, Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley, won the 2008 CBCA Book of the Year: Early Childhood and was included in the Smithsonian Institute's Notable Book List of 2008 in the USA. It was also shortlisted for the 2008 Crichton Award for New Illustrators, the 2008 NSW Premier's Literary Awards and the 2009 Children's Peace Literature Award.

His second picture book, Sunday Chutney, was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year 2009: Picture Books and the Australian Book Industry Awards 2009: Young Children.

Stanley Paste, his third picture book, was published in 2009 to wide acclaim.

His latest release, The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon is a 2012 CBCA Notable Book in two separate categories while being selected as one of the prestigious White Ravens of 2012 in Munich, Germany and it's also been shortlisted for the 2012 Adelaide Festival Literary Awards and the 2012 Aurealis Awards.

Later this year his fifth book The Dreadful Fluff is to be released, swiftly followed by The Brothers Quibble in 2013.

Aaron lectures at a prominent Sydney design college (CATC) and regularly visits schools talking to kids about books. He spent his youth as an actor, winning an AFI Award for Best Actor along the way.

He has a lazy eye, two little boys and a very short wife.


A delightful book


I identified with Pearl Barley. How did you know about me?



Not as entertaining as other Blabey books


Blabey is known for his magical rhymes but this book isn't of the same variety. A good read for kids to understand to accept differences in each other.





A great story of how different we can be and how two people can get along regardless.

Melbourne AU


Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley

4.3 3


Aaron Blabey

Aaron Blabey's life doesn't make any sense.

He is best known for his well-loved children's picture books for which he has won many awards including a Children's Book Council of Australia - Book of the Year Award, a NSW Premiers Literary Award for Children's Literature, a KOALA Award, a YABBA Award and a Children's Peace Literature Award. He's also been the National Literacy Ambassador and is a proud ambassador for the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.

But dig a little deeper and his past gets quite shady.

He spent 13 years as an actor appearing in numerous plays, TV shows and films. He was regularly cast opposite proper actors like Hugh Jackman, Jacki Weaver, Guy Pearce, Bryan Brown, Joel Edgerton and Ben Mendelsohn, all of whom were too kind to ever point out that his own acting was "justâ?¦awful", as he describes it today. To his continuing bewilderment though, he did once win an ACCTA Award (AFI) for Best Actor, a fact that cannot be adequately explained.

To complicate matters, he worked for a time as a staff writer at a major global advertising agency where he "learned a great deal and wished for death every single day", before spending a couple of years attempting to teach 'Creative Thinking' at a prominent Sydney design college. Furthermore, he's exhibited his art in various galleries, spent some time as a grape picker, worked in a video store and - astonishingly - once modeled clothes in a glossy weekend supplement.

He lives these days in a beautiful town in the Blue Mountains with his preposterously short wife and their two gorgeous boys, where he creates books, listens to his beloved vinyl record collection through killer 70s speakers and celebrates loudly every fifteen minutes that one of his all-time, top-ten heroes - Nick Cave - recently chose to record one of his books.

Visit Aaron Blabey's Booktopia Author Page

ISBN: 9780143503071
ISBN-10: 0143503073
Audience: Children
For Ages: 3 - 6 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: March 2009
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 27.6 x 22.6  x 0.3
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1