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Ron Brooks Ron Brooks i(A42372 works by) (a.k.a. Ronald George Brooks; Ron Perversi-Brooks)
Born: Established: 1948 Pambula, Merimbula - Pambula area, Far South Coast, South Coast, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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Born in 1948 in NSW, Ron Brooks grew up in Gippsland, Victoria. Brooks subsequently went on to RMIT where he trained as an illustrator. He has been an artist and designer in theatre and journalism, and as well as lecturing in art and design, his work includes book illustration, painting, printmaking and sculpture.

Brooks has twice won the Children's Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award and he has illustrated many books for children, including The Bunyip of Berkeley's Creek (1973) and John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat (1978). He illustrated Old Pig (1995) and Rosie and Tortoise (2000) which were written by Margaret Wild. He also illustrated the Frankel Mouse books, authored by Odo Hirsch, which are aimed at the 7 to 10 year old market. The stories feature the adventures of a group of mice, led by Frankel. Brooks's pictures are the result of a strong and sympathetic engagement with the text. He has also written and illustrated his own books such as Annie's Rainbow (1975).

While enjoying working on classical and traditional book design, Brooks also experiments with many different materials in his illustrations. He has been regarded as the illustrator who first brought Australian children's books onto the world scene, with publications now in many countries.

Brooks undertakes educational engagements by visiting schools in NSW and Victoria to discuss his work with teachers, librarians and students.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2014 nominated International Awards Hans Christian Andersen Award (Switzerland) Illustrator
2011 Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Literature Board Fellowship $100,000 for two picture books and one work of literary non-fiction.
Centenary Medal For service to Australian society and literature

Awards for Works

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
y separately published work icon The Coat Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2012 Z1857927 2012 single work picture book children's 'The Coat stood in a paddock at the end of a row of strawberries. It was buttoned up tight and stuffed full of straw and it was angry. 'What a waste of me!' it yelled. Then along came a man. 'I could do with a coat like that,' the man said. Together, swooping and swinging, they travelled to the Cafe Delitzia, and had the night of their lives.' (Publisher's blurb)
2013 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Children's Literature
2013 winner CBCA Book of the Year Awards Picture Book of the Year
y separately published work icon The Dream of the Thylacine Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2011 Z1767541 2011 single work picture book children's 'The Dream of the Thylacine is a lament for a lost species, and a celebration of the Australian landscape. It interposes arresting text and images of the last known thylacine in a concrete cage with sweeping colour paintings of the animal in its natural environment.' (From the publisher's website.)
2012 shortlisted The Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature
2012 honour book CBCA Book of the Year Awards Picture Book of the Year
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