Stephen Michael King was born in Sydney and loved drawing from an early age. After leaving school he worked at the local library as a children's library assistant where he read stories to pre-schoolers. This was valuable training for his future career as a children's author. He went to work as an artist at Walt Disney studios in Sydney. In 1994 Stephen started working as a designer and illustrator for a children's publisher. Since then King has authored and illustrated numerous children's books and won several awards.
'Words sing over the pictures in this evocative story: a beautiful lullaby about what we can be for each other. A mother and baby, a boy and a dog run for their lives. A little boat carries them across the sea. A polar bear, too, has come adrift. When will they find land? Who will welcome them in? An inspiring and timely story of courage, endurance and hope . . . for a world in which we can reach out and embrace one another.'
'Grandpapa's eyes shine when he remembers the beauty of the world, long-ago. Peterboy wants to find something wonderful to bring the light to Grandpapa's eyes and keep it there. What he finds is a duck, wounded and broken, and Grandpapa mends her from top to tail; quack, waddle and wing!
'The Duck and the Darklings is a triumphant story, for children and adults, about the coming of hope in dark days, the warmth of friendship and the splendour of a new dawn.' (Publication summary)
'Once upon a scary night three friends set out on a journey. Hare with hat. Cat with a cake and Pig with Parcel. But where were they going in the dead of the night, tip-toe creeping in the pale moonlight? It was a mystery!'