'do you remember the water buffalo at the end of our street?
or the deep-sea diver we found near the underpass?
do you know why dogs bark in the middle of the night?
Shaun Tan, creator of The Arrival, The Lost Thing and The Red Tree, reveals the quiet mysteries of everyday life: homemade pets, dangerous weddings, stranded sea mammals, tiny exchange students and secret rooms filled with darkness and delight.'
Source: Back cover.
'Tales from Outer Suburbia is a curiously fun celebration of the magic that happens in the most familiar places.
Be taken on a journey of discovery through your own backyard where you might just see a peanut-sized, pantry-dwelling creature, a massive wise buffalo on a vacant block or a row-boat floating magically through the streets.
With a lively and imaginative mix of real-time animation, projection, miniature marionettes, gigantic rod puppets and playful performers this world premiere season will capture hearts, minds and imaginations across generations.
Presented in partnership with Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.'
Source: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre.
'One of the many benefits of attending biennial International Board of Books for Young People (IBBY) Congresses in different countries, hosted by national sections, is meeting and befriending those engaged in book promotion all over the world and discovering how similar we are, despite our cultural differences. Doris Breitmoser has worked for The Association for Children's and Youth Literature (AKJ) Arbeitkreis fur Jugenliteratur for twenty years and has been its director since 2002. We met at the IBBY Congress in Santiago, Spain in 2010, again in 2014 in Mexico City, and most recently in 2016 in Auckland , NZ. Doris's work with AKJ is truly inspiring and so I share it with you here.' (Introduction)