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Anne Spudvilas Anne Spudvilas i(A54066 works by)
Born: Established: 1951 Heyfield, Heyfield - Rosedale area, Central Gippsland, Gippsland, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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Spudvilas grew up in Camperdown, Victoria. She left school at 16 and worked at the local newspaper where she learned graphic design. She trained in advertising layout during her employment in an advertising agency. She studied Fine Arts and exhibited in group and solo exhibitions. She has been one of Australia's most prolific and successful cover illustrators.

Spudvilas works mainly in oils and coloured inks. She was a finalist in the Portia Geach Portrait Prize (1995), the Doug Moran Portrait Prize, and her portrait of children's illustrator and author, Leigh Hobbs, was a finalist in the Archibald Prize. She has also worked as a courtroom artist with the Melbourne media.

In 2000, she was illustrator in Residence at Charleville, Queensland and in 2002, was a May Gibbs Literature Trust Fellow in Adelaide. Spudvilas travelled to China with Li Cunxin and studied Chinese painting in preparation for illustrating The Peasant Prince.

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Where's Jessie? 2015 single work picture book children's

'Bertie Bear was going on a long journey. He didn’t realise it would be on a camel! And he never imagined he would be having adventures on his own, far away from Jessie.

'Bertie sets off with his family to head out into the Outback. He is packed into a box to travel with the cameleers as he won’t fit on the horse-drawn cart with the family (and young Jessie, his owner). But Bertie doesn’t understand where his family has gone. ‘Where’s Jessie?’ is the refrain that runs through the book, as Bertie bumps along on the camel, then falls off unnoticed. Bertie has adventures with the kind cameleers, and meeting desert animals before he is swept along in a flash flood, gets taken high in an eagle’s talons, and finally falls to the ground, left all alone. Luckily, a young Indigenous boy finds him and returns him to Jessie: a happy ending!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
The Moon Shines Out of the Dark 2012 single work picture book children's 'Harry loves to know when things are going to happen. Exactly. Mum usually says "Time to get up", "Time for the bus" and "Time to sleep now, Harry". But Mum's been away for ages. And Harry has had to guess what's coming next.

'One cold, cloudy night, Harry stays awake, thinking and wondering... Will the moon shine out of the dark?

'Beautifully illustrated and tenderly told, this heartwarming story of a little boy and his parents is a stunning collaboration by two bestselling and award-winning creators.' (From the publisher's website.)
2013 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Lower Primary
Night School 2009 single work picture book children's
2010 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Children's Division Told Primarily through Pictures
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