Pamela Allen i(61 works by) (a.k.a. Pamela Kay Allen)
Born: Established: 1934 Auckland, Auckland (Region), North Island,
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New Zealand,
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Pacific Region,
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Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: ca. 1978
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BiographyHistory

Pamela Allen studied Fine Art, followed by one year's training at Auckland Teachers College. She worked as an art teacher in secondary schools and began illustrating for other authors. After moving to Australia, Allen wrote and illustrated her first children's picture book, Mr Archimedes' Bath; it was immediately recognised through a major literary award.

Eight of her books have been adapted for the stage by Patch Theatre Company and performed at the Sydney Opera House.

The Oxford Companion to Australian Children's Literature states that Allen's books are 'concerned with universal ideas [...] Pamela Allen's exuberant, spare illustrations, spontaneous humour and pared-down texts combine in deceptively simple picture-books.'

Allen was living in New Zealand in 2011.


Notes

  • In September 2000, Patch Theatre adapted some of her picture books into a children's production, "PoM. pOm" at the Odeon Theatre.

Awards for Works

Mr McGee and the Elephants 2012 single work picture book children's

'Mr McGee lives under an apple tree. This classic Pamela Allen tale has an unusual setting, a quirky problem and a funny twist. What would it be like to live under a tree? It’s wonderful to have an elephant to lower you to the ground when you get stuck up high, but what do you do with a greedy elephant that is stripping your tree? While rhyme and onomatopoeia add to the delicious rhythm, McGee and the Elephants is just plain fun.' (Publisher's blurb)

2013 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Young Children
Mr McGee and the Elephants 2012 single work picture book children's

'Mr McGee lives under an apple tree. This classic Pamela Allen tale has an unusual setting, a quirky problem and a funny twist. What would it be like to live under a tree? It’s wonderful to have an elephant to lower you to the ground when you get stuck up high, but what do you do with a greedy elephant that is stripping your tree? While rhyme and onomatopoeia add to the delicious rhythm, McGee and the Elephants is just plain fun.' (Publisher's blurb)

2013 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Young Children
The Little Old Man Who Looked up at the Moon 2012 single work picture book children's 'In this touching story, one of Australia's most celebrated author-illustrators takes young readers on a journey that asks some of life's big questions. Playful and thought-provoking by turns, The Little Old Man Who Looked Up at the Moon touches on universal themes and will spark many a conversation between young and old.' (From the publisher's website.)
2012 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Best Language Development Book for Young Children (2003-2013)
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