Andrew McLean i(86 works by)
Born: Established: 1946 Bairnsdale, Bairnsdale area, East Gippsland, Gippsland, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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Born in Bairnsdale, Victoria in 1946, Andrew McLean studied art at Prahran Technical School and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. After graduating, he taught art, painting and drawing and became a full-time artist and illustrator.

Andrew and his Melbourne-born wife, Janet McLean (q.v.) wrote The Riverboat Crew (1978), which was commended in the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) awards. Hector and Maggie (1990) and Dog Tales (1993) were both CBCA Picture Book of the Year Honour Books. McLean and his wife travelled to Sarajevo to enable him to achieve a naturalistic feel for the illustrations for John Heffernan's story on the Bosnian conflict, My Dog (2001), the first book in which McLean uses charcoal to give a more subtle, less stylised line.

Personal Awards

Centenary Medal For service to Australian society and literature

Awards for Works

Bob, the Railway Dog 2015 single work picture book children's

'The true story of a little dog who had adventure in his heart and the rattle of the rails in his soul.

'In the early days of the railway, when shiny new tracks were opening vast areas of Australia, there was an adventurous dog who was part of it all. As the tracks were being laid he was there on the train - riding in his favourite spot on top of the Yankee engine. Everyone knew him. He was Bob the Railway Dog. ' (Publication summary)

2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
Lucas and Jack 2014 single work children's fiction children's

'Every week Lucas' mum visits Great Grandpop at the nursing home. And every week Lucas waits for her outside. Waiting is boring! Until Lucas meets Jack.

'Jack is tricky and Jack is fun, and he is a great storyteller.

'Lucas & Jack is a great book for introducing young children to the idea that old people can be fun and that deep down we have more in common than we think. More importantly Lucas & Jack encourages children to ask questions, be curious, imaginative and empathetic.' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted West Australian Young Readers' Book Award Picture Book
2015 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Five to 8 Years
Sam the Cat : A True Story 2012 single work picture book children's Sam lives very happily in a tumble-down house with Jane and Ian. But when Jane and Ian bring home a baby boy, not only does the baby get all the attention – he even steals Sam's name! Sam is so cross he decides to leave home (Libraries Australia).
2012 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Best Language Development Book for Lower Primary Children (2003-2013)
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