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Searching for Cicadas Hardcover – 1 August 2019

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The illustrations rendered first in pencil, brush and ink, use a monotype technique before all is transferred to Photoshop for assemblage and colour. And the finished product is stunning. Readers will pore over the pages looking at the incredible detail included on each page, the depiction of Australian plants producing a chorus of wows amongst the children, while the detailed cicada will draw entreaties to go out and see them for themselves.
The relationship between grandpa and grandson is beautifully presented and the subtle layering of community gives an extra warm moment for the readers...Highly recommended

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Evocative illustrations perfectly depict the Australian bush. A fun way to learn about cicadas., The Sunday Telegraph

Part nonfiction and part narrative, Searching for Cicadas is an inviting story of a boy and his grandfather and their summertime excursion to go cicada-watching and is part of the Nature Storybooks series. It’s a lyrical tale warmly illustrated reflecting Aussie bush landscapes and close up encounters with one of the most intriguing of our bush insect characters. Prose is interspersed with detailed fact about a number of cicada species and their fascinating habits and lifecycles, Dim's Write Stuff

Do yourself and your kiddos a favour and seek this one in preparation for those long languid summer days and afternoon walks in the local park or bushland.

Highly recommended for readers from around 8 years upwards.

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About the Author

Lesley Gibbes is an internationally published children's author and primary school teacher. She is the author of CBCA Early Childhood Book Of The Year Honour Book, Scary Night, CBCA Notable Book, Little Bear's First Sleep, Bring a Duck, Quick as a Wink Fairy Pink, Fluke, Bouncing, Bouncing Little Joeys A Bush Christmas and the hilarious CBCA Notable Book series Fizz, illustrated by Stephen Michael King.

Melbourne illustrator Judy Watson works from her home studio with views over bushland and the Sweetwater Creek. Her work is accompanied by the sounds of many wild birds, bees from the hive in her garden and the rambunctious wrestling of her two dogs. Occasionally one of her hens will crow. (Yes, they do.)

She has illustrated over 20 children's books but read a lot more. Her first picture book, Goodnight, Mice!, won the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Children's Fiction. She has teamed up again with Frances Watts to create Leonard Doesn't Dance. It is her most colourful book to date. 

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