Born in Bairnsdale, Victoria in 1946, Andrew McLean studied art at Prahran Technical School and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. After graduating, he taught art, painting and drawing and became a full-time artist and illustrator.
Andrew and his Melbourne-born wife, Janet McLean (q.v.) wrote The Riverboat Crew (1978), which was commended in the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) awards. Hector and Maggie (1990) and Dog Tales (1993) were both CBCA Picture Book of the Year Honour Books. McLean and his wife travelled to Sarajevo to enable him to achieve a naturalistic feel for the illustrations for John Heffernan's story on the Bosnian conflict, My Dog (2001), the first book in which McLean uses charcoal to give a more subtle, less stylised line.
'A powerful and beautifully illustrated picture book based on the true story of a heroic horse called Fabish, who saved a group of young horses during the Black Saturday bushfires.
'This is the true story of a brave horse called Fabish. In his racing days, he always tried his hardest. And when he retired, Fabish took care of the flighty young horses.
'One hot summer day, a wild wind blew up and the yearlings were restless. Then Fabish smelled smoke. Fire was coming, fast. The trainer threw open the gate and said, 'Go now!' Fabish neighed to the young ones and they galloped away. All through the night, the fire raged and the trainer battled to save the racehorses in the stables.
'But what would become of Fabish and the yearlings? Could he save them from the firestorm?' (Publication summary)
'The true story of a little dog who had adventure in his heart and the rattle of the rails in his soul.
'In the early days of the railway, when shiny new tracks were opening vast areas of Australia, there was an adventurous dog who was part of it all. As the tracks were being laid he was there on the train - riding in his favourite spot on top of the Yankee engine. Everyone knew him. He was Bob the Railway Dog. ' (Publication summary)
'Every week Lucas' mum visits Great Grandpop at the nursing home. And every week Lucas waits for her outside. Waiting is boring! Until Lucas meets Jack.
'Jack is tricky and Jack is fun, and he is a great storyteller.
'Lucas & Jack is a great book for introducing young children to the idea that old people can be fun and that deep down we have more in common than we think. More importantly Lucas & Jack encourages children to ask questions, be curious, imaginative and empathetic.' (Publication summary)