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Ben Wood Ben Wood i(A115409 works by)
Born: Established: 1983 ;
Gender: Male
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Ben Wood was born in Melbourne, but grew up in the country in South Gippsland. He has lived in Bendigo, Melbourne and Sydney. Wood has been illustrating for publishers and design studios for many years. In 2006 he was accepted into the May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Mentorship Program where he was introduced to the big world of publishing and children’s book illustration. He even got a chance to work alongside award winning illustrator Roland Harvey. Wood has a twin brother.

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Awards for Works

Squishy Taylor and the Tunnel of Doom 2016 single work children's fiction children's

Sita ‘Squishy’ Taylor is a cheeky, sneaky 11-year-old who lives with her dad and step-family in a very crowded apartment. Luckily for Squishy, their building is huge – and there's always plenty of mysteries to investigate! Like…

1. Why are tunnels be both exciting and scary?

2. How do dogs always know who the bad guys are?

3. Why are pinkie-swears so important?

4. Who’s storing toxic waste under the park? (publication blurb)

2017 shortlisted The Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature Fiction
2017 longlisted Davitt Award Best Children's Novel
Small and Big 2015 single work picture book children's

'Inspired by Karen's small son's attention to detail, 'Small and Big' celebrates the wonder of the world through the eyes of a child. Small and Big are the best of friends but they have very different personalities. Big is loud and confident and certain that it's the big things in life that matter, while the more reserved Small finds beauty in the details. When Small finds himself hopelessly lost in the city, Small and Big both discover what really matters: each other. A beautiful story about being lost and being found again, 'Small and Big' is a little book with a big heart. ' (Publication summary)

2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
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