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Ruben - Bruce Whatley

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2017
ISBN: 9781743810354
Number Of Pages: 96

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Ruben’s dreams were of places that made no sense to him.

Places that didn’t exist. At least not anymore.

Ruben lives in a safe place in a city that takes everything and gives nothing back. He begins to feel that he is in danger and ventures to Block City where he meets Koji. She too has been hiding from the dangers of the industrial city and its excesses. Ruben and Koji realise that if they combine their knowledge of how the city works they can find a way to escape . . . together.

Ruben is a triumph of Bruce Whatley’s imaginative and technical skills.

About the Author

Bruce jumped into the unknown world of picture books after a career in advertising as an illustrator and art director working in London then Sydney. Since 1992 Bruce has written and/or illustrated over 80 children’s picture books. Though based in Australia his work is published internationally.

His main inspiration has been his family, who feature in several of his earlier picture books, his wife Rosie Smith being co-author on many of his projects. He uses a variety of illustration mediums including gouache, pen and ink, pencil, oils, watercolour and more recently CGI software. His aim is to entertain and surprise the reader with illustration styles that vary considerably depending on the text and the age group of his audience.

Bruce is continually looking for new innovative ways to make images to tell his visual narratives.

Beautiful & emotional. An illustrated masterpiece.


The inimitable Bruce Whatley has created a masterpiece with this book. With incredible illustrations and sparse text you are drawn into a future world where a young boy is surviving alone. It's dark, menacing, scary but also has beautiful emotional moments and is a tribute to our indomitable spirit. An uplifting and beautifully illustrated story.




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ISBN: 9781743810354
ISBN-10: 1743810350
Audience: Children
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 1st August 2017
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Country of Publication: AU