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Ursula Dubosarsky Ursula Dubosarsky i(A28497 works by) (birth name: Ursula Coleman) (a.k.a. Ursula Bridget Dubosarsky)
Born: Established: 1961 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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Ursula Dubosarsky was born into a family of writers in Sydney in 1961, studied several languages at Sydney University and after graduating in 1982, taught French for a while to primary school children. She moved to Canberra for two years, working by day in the public service and by night writing a book that was to become Ziggy Zing (1991). She then travelled to Israel working on a kibbutz before returning to Australia. Her first book, Maisie and the Pinny Gig, illustrated by Roberta Landers, was published in 1989.

Ursula Dubosarsky has published many works of fiction for children and young adults including The White Guinea Pig, (1992) and The First Book of Samuel (1995), both influenced by her experiences in Israel, and non-fiction for children including an activity book The Word Spy Activity Book (2012), part of a series of works on language and grammar. She completed a PhD in English literature at Macquarie University on the work of the British authors Rumer Godden and Mary Norton. Her works have been well received not only in Australia but also overseas and she has won many awards.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Boy Who Could Fly and Other Magical Plays for Children Armidale : Second Look Publishing , 2019 16975956 2019 selected work drama

'Have you ever wished you could fly? Well a boy called Icarus and his father built themselves wings out of feathers and wax. Up they flew into the huge blue sky. But it wasn’t as easy as it looked!

'Here are eleven easy-to-read, exciting and funny plays for children, based on stories from ancient Greek and Roman myths, where all sorts of very strange things can happen! A girl becomes a spider, a statue comes to life, a couple turn into a pair of lions and that’s just a few of the startling transformations. Inspired by the Roman poet Ovid’s Metamorphoses, these plays by multi award-winning author Ursula Dubosarsky, with lively illustrations by Amy Golbach, are great fun for group performance, reading aloud, or just curling up by yourself with your eyes wide open, ready to be amazed!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Eight to 10 Years
y separately published work icon Ask Hercules Quick Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 16866844 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'A hilarious and entertaining story about a boy who does a series of odd jobs for his eccentric neighbours, from the bestselling creators of The Terrible Plop.

''How much money do I have in my piggy bank?' asked Hercules.
'Actually,' said Aunt Alligator, 'I don't think you have a piggy bank, Hercules.' 

'Hercules sighed. No piggy bank, no money. I need a job, he thought.That's what I need. 

'He got out his paints, his paintbrush and a big piece of plain paper. On the paper, he painted some words.
'ASK HERCULES QUICK!' (Publication summary)

2020 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Five to 8 Years
2020 longlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book designed by Romina Edwards
y separately published work icon Midnight at the Library Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2018 14539091 2018 single work picture book children's

'In Midnight at the Library, critically-acclaimed author, Ursula Dubosarsky, and award-winning illustrator, Ron Brooks, traverse space and time, telling the story of a book throughout history. Dubosarsky and Brooks piece together the story of a book that was opened and loved, given and taken, closed and lost, found and forgotten before being discovered, uncovered and preserved at the library. 

Beautifully written and splendidly illustrated, this is a story about the inception, creation and preservation of books and culture. This enchanting children’s book has vast educational potential and is sure to captivate the hearts of book-lovers across the nation, encouraging them to find their own book of wonder. 

Brilliantly evocative and exceptionally engaging, there is something undeniably magical about Dubosarsky and Brooks’ timeless and ageless story, Midnight at the Library.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 selected International Awards White Ravens
2019 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
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