Paul Jennings Paul Jennings i(A18343 works by) (a.k.a. Paul Arthur Jennings)
Also writes as: Peter Wilson
Born: Established: 1943 Middlesex,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
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Paul Jennings was born in England in 1943 and came to Australia at the age of six. He grew up in Melbourne and was educated and trained as a teacher there. He later studied speech therapy and for six years worked with disabled and socially deprived children. He has been a lecturer in special education and then a senior lecturer in language and literature at Warrnambool Institute of Education in country Victoria while writing part-time.

Jennings wrote his first book Unreal, which was published in 1985, partly in response to his son's boredom with the book he was currently reading. He returned to Melbourne in 1989 with his family to become a full-time writer because of his involvement with the TV series 'Round the Twist' produced by the Australian Television Foundation for which he wrote all thirteen scripts. It became a top rating children's program shown in over forty countries around the world.

Paul Jennings is one of Australia's best loved children's writers, and has been the recipient of numerous literary awards. His many novels and collections for children of all ages are entertaining, quirky and sometimes spooky. In Singenpoo Strikes Again (1998) Jennings uses the cat Singenpoo to explore the experiences of young children learning to read. Jennings demonstrates that the uneven process can ultimately lead to mastering reading and a love of books.

Jennings's books include the collections Unbelievable (1986), Quirky Tails (1988) and Uncanny (1988), and the novels The Cabbage Patch Fib (1989), The Paw Thing (1989) and Undone: More Mad Endings (1995). In 2000 he published a six volume series of adventure stories. His novel Tongue-Tied! was published in 2002. His books have been translated into many languages.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

A Different Dog 2017 single work children's fiction children's

'The forest is dense and dark. And the trail full of unexpected perils. The dog can’t move. The boy can’t talk. And you won’t know why. Or where you are going. You will put this story down not wanting the journey to end.

'But it’s from Paul Jennings so watch out for the ambush.

'One of the best. From one of the best.' (Publication summary)

2017 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Children's Book Award
The Unforgettable What's His Name 2016 single work children's fiction children's

'Now you see him, now you don't - an action-packed adventure about a boy who just wants to blend in, from a bestselling author/illustrator team.

'Even before all this happened I had never been like the other kids. I tried not to be seen. If I climbed a tree or hid among the bins, no one could find me. 'Where's What's His Name?' they'd say.

'Then, one weekend, I got what I wanted. First, I blended in with things. But on the second day I changed.

'I mean, really changed.

'The hilarious story of a boy with an unusual problem, from children's book legend Paul Jennings. Includes fantastic look-and-find colour illustrations.' (Publication summary)

2017 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Eight to 10 Years
2017 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Older Children
2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
Hobby Farm [and] Seeing Red 2013 selected work children's fiction

'At last, Ricky is friends with Samantha. But he still wants to be FAMOUS. Find out if he can finally realise his dream even though he can't let anyone see him fly.

'A brilliant series presented in words and pictures by master story tellers Paul Jennings and Andrew Weldon. Don't Look Now will have readers laughing out loud at Ricky and his hilarious adventures - on and off the ground.' (Publisher's blurb)

2016 shortlisted YABBA Fiction for Younger Readers
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Stage Fright! : plays based on the stories of Paul Jennings Richard Tulloch 1996 selected work drama
Unbeatable! Richard Tulloch 1996 single work drama
Thumbs Up! Richard Tulloch 1996 single work drama
The Copy Richard Tulloch 1996 single work drama
Next Time Around Richard Tulloch 1996 single work drama
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