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Issue Details: First known date: 1993 1993
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The birds in Boonaroo Bay squabble over who has the best beak until the wise old pelican organizes a contest to settle the issue once and for all.

Notes

  • Other formats: Also braille.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Lothian , 1993 .
      Extent: 32p.
      Description: col. illus.
      ISBN: 0850915597
    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Lothian , 1995 .
      ISBN: 0850916712 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Welcoming back Old friends : Re-Discovering Favourite Picture Books Noela Allen , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 26 no. 5 2011; (p. 18-21)
The Art of Narelle Oliver Joy Lawn (interviewer), 2009 single work interview
— Appears in: Magpies: Talking About Books for Children , September vol. 24 no. 4 2009; (p. 4-6)
In response to Lawn's questions regarding her artistic vision, innovative techniques and interest in natural Australian history, Oliver says her work is created through the 'intriguing relationship between words and pictures' and how 'they work either together or against each other as different points of view in a narrative' (4). Lawn asks Oliver about her 'vision and vocation' which, through her strong artistic style and celebratory designs of Australian indigenous animals, produces texts that are a 'melding of non-fiction and fiction' (5). Oliver says she has been fascinated by indigenous adaptations of Australian native animals since early childhood and this interest developed further when she studied biology. With her first picture book, Leaf Tail she wanted to introduce young readers to 'some of the less-well-known Australian creatures' but 'did not want to write a straight information book' (5). Instead, she wanted to explore the creative potential of the adaptive features to be found among many creatures - design, shape, texture and pattern - in terms of storytelling and 'problem-solution scenarios' (5). Oliver has also produced picture books about imaginary and mythological creatures, for example, Mermaids Most Amazing, The Very Blue Thingamajig, and Dancing the Boom-cha-cha Boogie, however, it is mainly through her natural history picture books that she aims to capture the diversity of Australia's natural landscapes and 'instil postive feelings about these places in young Australian readers' (6). In this sense, her work is driven by the belief that 'a personal feeling and knowledge of the landscape is critical to developing a desire to preserve that landscape' (6).
Untitled John Murray , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 9 no. 1 1994; (p. 28)

— Review of The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay Narelle Oliver 1993 single work picture book
Aboriginality and Multiculturalism being Better Done 'At Last' Sally McInerney , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20 August 1994; (p. 10A)
Authors Line Up For the Kid Stakes Robin Morrow , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 28-29 May 1994; (p. 5)

— Review of Angel's Gate Gary Crew 1993 single work novel ; Last Week in December Ursula Dubosarsky 1993 single work children's fiction ; Rowan of Rin Emily Rodda 1993 single work children's fiction ; Dougy James Moloney 1993 single work novel ; The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay Narelle Oliver 1993 single work picture book ; First Light Gary Crew 1993 single work picture book ; The Paw Natalie Jane Prior 1993 single work picture book ; Dog Tales Janet McLean 1993 single work picture book
Short-listed, But They Don't Quite Get the Picture Meg Sorensen , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 23 August 1994; (p. 11) The Sydney Morning Herald , 20 August 1994; (p. Spectrum 10A)

— Review of First Light Gary Crew 1993 single work picture book ; Honey Sandwich Elizabeth Honey 1993 selected work poetry ; Last Week in December Ursula Dubosarsky 1993 single work children's fiction ; The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay Narelle Oliver 1993 single work picture book ; Dog Tales Janet McLean 1993 single work picture book
The Shortlisted Books for the Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Alfred R. Mappin , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 9 no. 2 1994; (p. 12-14)

— Review of Last Week in December Ursula Dubosarsky 1993 single work children's fiction ; Honey Sandwich Elizabeth Honey 1993 selected work poetry ; The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay Narelle Oliver 1993 single work picture book ; The Paw Natalie Jane Prior 1993 single work picture book ; Rowan of Rin Emily Rodda 1993 single work children's fiction ; The Giant's Tooth Gillian Rubinstein 1993 single work children's fiction ; First Light Gary Crew 1993 single work picture book ; Dog Tales Janet McLean 1993 single work picture book ; Is It True, Grandfather? Wendy Lohse 1993 single work picture book ; Toby Margaret Wild 1993 single work picture book ; Featherbys Mary Steele 1993 single work novel ; Lucy in the Leap Year Nadia Wheatley 1993 single work children's fiction ; The Gathering Isobelle Carmody 1993 single work novel ; The Collectors Robert Carter 1993 single work novel ; Angel's Gate Gary Crew 1993 single work novel ; Love Me, Love Me Not Libby Gleeson 1993 selected work children's fiction ; Seeing Things Robin Klein 1993 single work novel ; Dougy James Moloney 1993 single work novel ; Life in a Rotten Log Kathie Atkinson 1993 single work information book ; Australian Owls, Frogmouths and Nightjars Jill Morris 1993 single work non-fiction ; V for Vanishing : An Alphabet of Endangered Animals Patricia Mullins 1993 single work information book
Imagine Margaret Aitken , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 23 April 1994; (p. 9)

— Review of The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay Narelle Oliver 1993 single work picture book ; The Paw Natalie Jane Prior 1993 single work picture book
Disproportionate Attention on the Fortunate Few Stephen Matthews , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 23 April 1994; (p. C10)

— Review of Walking the Boundaries Jackie French 1993 single work novel ; The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay Narelle Oliver 1993 single work picture book
Untitled Linnet Hunter , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , November vol. 37 no. 4 1993; (p. 19)

— Review of The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay Narelle Oliver 1993 single work picture book
Cuddly Friends - a Picture More False than Fiction Sally McInerney , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 27 November 1993;

— Review of The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay Narelle Oliver 1993 single work picture book
Untitled Linnet Hunter , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , November vol. 37 no. 4 1993; (p. 19)

— Review of The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay Narelle Oliver 1993 single work picture book
Untitled John Murray , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 9 no. 1 1994; (p. 28)

— Review of The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay Narelle Oliver 1993 single work picture book
Authors Line Up For the Kid Stakes Robin Morrow , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 28-29 May 1994; (p. 5)

— Review of Angel's Gate Gary Crew 1993 single work novel ; Last Week in December Ursula Dubosarsky 1993 single work children's fiction ; Rowan of Rin Emily Rodda 1993 single work children's fiction ; Dougy James Moloney 1993 single work novel ; The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay Narelle Oliver 1993 single work picture book ; First Light Gary Crew 1993 single work picture book ; The Paw Natalie Jane Prior 1993 single work picture book ; Dog Tales Janet McLean 1993 single work picture book
Short-listed, But They Don't Quite Get the Picture Meg Sorensen , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 23 August 1994; (p. 11) The Sydney Morning Herald , 20 August 1994; (p. Spectrum 10A)

— Review of First Light Gary Crew 1993 single work picture book ; Honey Sandwich Elizabeth Honey 1993 selected work poetry ; Last Week in December Ursula Dubosarsky 1993 single work children's fiction ; The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay Narelle Oliver 1993 single work picture book ; Dog Tales Janet McLean 1993 single work picture book
The Shortlisted Books for the Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Alfred R. Mappin , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 9 no. 2 1994; (p. 12-14)

— Review of Last Week in December Ursula Dubosarsky 1993 single work children's fiction ; Honey Sandwich Elizabeth Honey 1993 selected work poetry ; The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay Narelle Oliver 1993 single work picture book ; The Paw Natalie Jane Prior 1993 single work picture book ; Rowan of Rin Emily Rodda 1993 single work children's fiction ; The Giant's Tooth Gillian Rubinstein 1993 single work children's fiction ; First Light Gary Crew 1993 single work picture book ; Dog Tales Janet McLean 1993 single work picture book ; Is It True, Grandfather? Wendy Lohse 1993 single work picture book ; Toby Margaret Wild 1993 single work picture book ; Featherbys Mary Steele 1993 single work novel ; Lucy in the Leap Year Nadia Wheatley 1993 single work children's fiction ; The Gathering Isobelle Carmody 1993 single work novel ; The Collectors Robert Carter 1993 single work novel ; Angel's Gate Gary Crew 1993 single work novel ; Love Me, Love Me Not Libby Gleeson 1993 selected work children's fiction ; Seeing Things Robin Klein 1993 single work novel ; Dougy James Moloney 1993 single work novel ; Life in a Rotten Log Kathie Atkinson 1993 single work information book ; Australian Owls, Frogmouths and Nightjars Jill Morris 1993 single work non-fiction ; V for Vanishing : An Alphabet of Endangered Animals Patricia Mullins 1993 single work information book
Imagine Margaret Aitken , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 23 April 1994; (p. 9)

— Review of The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay Narelle Oliver 1993 single work picture book ; The Paw Natalie Jane Prior 1993 single work picture book
Disproportionate Attention on the Fortunate Few Stephen Matthews , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 23 April 1994; (p. C10)

— Review of Walking the Boundaries Jackie French 1993 single work novel ; The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay Narelle Oliver 1993 single work picture book
Cuddly Friends - a Picture More False than Fiction Sally McInerney , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 27 November 1993;

— Review of The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay Narelle Oliver 1993 single work picture book
The Art of Narelle Oliver Joy Lawn (interviewer), 2009 single work interview
— Appears in: Magpies: Talking About Books for Children , September vol. 24 no. 4 2009; (p. 4-6)
In response to Lawn's questions regarding her artistic vision, innovative techniques and interest in natural Australian history, Oliver says her work is created through the 'intriguing relationship between words and pictures' and how 'they work either together or against each other as different points of view in a narrative' (4). Lawn asks Oliver about her 'vision and vocation' which, through her strong artistic style and celebratory designs of Australian indigenous animals, produces texts that are a 'melding of non-fiction and fiction' (5). Oliver says she has been fascinated by indigenous adaptations of Australian native animals since early childhood and this interest developed further when she studied biology. With her first picture book, Leaf Tail she wanted to introduce young readers to 'some of the less-well-known Australian creatures' but 'did not want to write a straight information book' (5). Instead, she wanted to explore the creative potential of the adaptive features to be found among many creatures - design, shape, texture and pattern - in terms of storytelling and 'problem-solution scenarios' (5). Oliver has also produced picture books about imaginary and mythological creatures, for example, Mermaids Most Amazing, The Very Blue Thingamajig, and Dancing the Boom-cha-cha Boogie, however, it is mainly through her natural history picture books that she aims to capture the diversity of Australia's natural landscapes and 'instil postive feelings about these places in young Australian readers' (6). In this sense, her work is driven by the belief that 'a personal feeling and knowledge of the landscape is critical to developing a desire to preserve that landscape' (6).
Welcoming back Old friends : Re-Discovering Favourite Picture Books Noela Allen , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 26 no. 5 2011; (p. 18-21)
Aboriginality and Multiculturalism being Better Done 'At Last' Sally McInerney , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20 August 1994; (p. 10A)
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