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Winners

2020 winner y separately published work icon Hopping Weird! Anh Do , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2019 15638810 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'Mum's got a cool new job at the animal hospital… but now Weir's house is like a ZOO! How can Bella and Weir help look after all the animals AND finish their school project?! It won't be easy… but it will be FUNNY!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 winner y separately published work icon Do-You-Think-He-Saurus?! The Bad Guys Episode 7 Aaron Blabey , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2018 14045481 2018 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'The dawn of time! Nothing on earth could rival the terrifying power of the dinosaurs. Except maybe that wolf over there...Yeah, the one standing next to the snake and the shark and that other sardiney-looking thing.

'Huh?!

'This is all wrong. This is all bad. This is all awesome. Its time to get your Jurassic on, baby. It's time... For the Bad Guys Episode 7!' (Publication summary)

2018 winner y separately published work icon Intergalactic Gas Bad Guys Episode 5 Aaron Blabey , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2017 10721519 2017 single work children's fiction children's science fiction

'The bad news? The world is ending. The good news? The Bad Guys are back to save it! Sure, they might have to borrow a rocket . . . And there might be something nasty in one of the spacesuits . . . And Mr Piranha might have eaten too many bean burritos . . . But seriously, how BAD can it be? How bad?! SUPER BAD. Its one small step for the Sort-Of-International-League-Of-Good-Guys-Guys. Its one giant leap for The Bad Guys.' (Publication summary)

2017 winner y separately published work icon Mega Weird Anh Do , Jules Faber (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2016 9704735 2016 single work children's fiction children's

'Life for WeirDo is MEGA BUSY! Hes planning on making MEGA bucks from the Street Garage Sale, plus he's helping Bella write a winning song! And is that a dusty dino bone in the corner? It won't be easy ... but it will be funny!' (publication blurb).

2016 winner y separately published work icon The Bad Guys - Episode 1 Aaron Blabey , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2015 8805481 2015 single work children's fiction children's

'They sound like the Bad Guys, they look like the Bad Guys . . . and they even smell like the Bad Guys. But Mr Wolf, Mr Piranha, Mr Snake and Mr Shark are about to change all of that!

'Mr Wolf has a daring plan for the Bad Guys first good mission. The gang are going to break 200 dogs out of the Maximum Security City Dog Pound.

'Will Operation Dog Pound go smoothly? Will the Bad Guys become the Good Guys?

'And will Mr Snake please spit out Mr Piranha?' (Publication summary)

2015 winner y separately published work icon The Treasure of Dead Man's Cove George Ivanoff , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2014 6912728 2014 single work children's fiction children's adventure

'Wealth beyond your wildest dreams or deadly pirate's curse!

'You find an old treasure map while holidaying in a secluded seaside town. Could it be real, or is it someone's idea of a joke? You set off to follow the map and find out. There is an actual treasure hidden by pirates over a hundred years ago . . . but all sorts of booby traps have been left behind to keep it safe.

'Will you uncover the treasure of Dead Man's Cove or will you be destined for doom?' (Publisher's blurb)

2014 winner y separately published work icon The Best Project Sally Rippin , Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2011 Z1854233 2011 single work children's fiction children's

'Billie's little brother is cute, but he can be annoying. Billie has to keep everything away from him. Especially the tower she has made for her school project'.' (Trove)

2013 winner y separately published work icon The Golden Door Emily Rodda , Malvern : Omnibus Books , 2011 Z1799310 2011 single work children's fiction children's fantasy 'The walled city of Weld is under attack from ferocious flying creatures that raid in the night, bringing death and destruction. The Warden calls for Volunteers to find and destroy the Enemy sending the invaders, and the heroes of Weld answer the call one by one, never to return. Rye is officially too young to go, but his brothers are among the lost, and he must help them. What terrors await him beyond the wall?' Source: www.readings.com.au/ (Sighted 18/08/2011).
2010 winner y separately published work icon The Big Fat Cow that Goes Kapow Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan , 2008 Z1517960 2008 single work children's fiction children's humour

'More rhyming mayhem and comic madness from the bestselling duo of the inspired JUST! series. Andy Griffiths’ rhyming text — that will entice and engage the most reluctant child to read while laughing all the way — is hilariously counterpointed by Terry Denton’s delightfully wonky illustrations. A side-splitting companion to the award-winning and Children's Book Council shortlisted title, The Cat on the Mat is Flat.' (Publication summary)

2009 winner y separately published work icon Zac Power Classic Series Meredith Badger , Hilary Badger , Chris Morphew , 2006 Prahran : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2006-2013 Z1259086 2006 series - author children's fiction children's adventure Awarded for series one.
2008 winner y separately published work icon Just Shocking! Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2007 Z1377034 2007 selected work children's fiction children's humour

'Is this the right book for you?

'Take the SHOCKING TEST and find out.

  1. Do you wish you could drive around in a monster truck crushing everybody and everything that gets in your way?
  2. Do you love watching videos of people having painful accidents?
  3. Do you do any – or all – of the following: touch electric fences, play with loaded mousetraps or put buttons up your nose?
  4. Do you think stories about exploding pink butterflies are funny?
  5. Do you ever laugh so hard that you feel like you're going to throw up all over yourself... and then you actually do?

'SCORE: One point for each yes answer.
3-5: You are a shocking, shocking person! You will love this book.
1-2: You are quite shocking! You will love this book.
0: What a shocking score! You will love this book.' (Publication summary)
 
2006 winner y separately published work icon Selby's Shemozzle Duncan Ball , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 2005 Z1278083 2005 single work children's fiction children's

'Duncan Ball's Selby books have repeatedly been winners of 'children's choice' book awards. Selby - the only talking dog in Australia, and perhaps the world - returns with more stories to entertain and amuse in the thirteenth book of the series. Between being coated in chocolate and almost eaten by those horrible brats Willy and Billy, falling in love with the world's first talking cat, pretending to be a seeing-eye dog and maybe - just maybe - changing the recipe of Dry-Mouth Dog Biscuits, Selby is in a right shemozzle. But the biggest shemozzle of all is when he becomes invisible... This hilarious collection of stories in the bestselling Selby series is guaranteed to leave you gasping with laughter. Ages 7-12' (Publisher's blurb)

2005 winner y separately published work icon Little Lunch Three Danny Katz , Fitzroy : Black Dog Books , 2003 Z1022138 2003 selected work children's fiction children's
2002 winner y separately published work icon Tongue-Tied! Paul Jennings , Camberwell London : Puffin , 2002 Z955946 2002 selected work children's fiction children's

'Have you ever . . .

  • swallowed a live fish?
  • seen bugs in hailstones?
  • had luminous teeth?
  • used a smell-detector?
  • been a ghost?

    'No? Then read about kids who have - eight twisted tales to leave you tongue-tied!'

(Publication summary) 

2001 winner y separately published work icon Just Crazy! Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan , 2000 Z793607 2000 selected work children's fiction humour children's (taught in 3 units)

'"Just Crazy!" Is this the right book for you? Take the crazy test and find out the answer. Answer yes or no: Do you bounce so high on your bed that you hit your head on the ceiling? Do you ever look in the mirror and see a maniac staring back at you? Do you like to read stories about kittens, puppies and ponies getting mashed and pulverised? Do you sometimes get the urge to take your clothes off and cover yourself in mud? Do you often waste your time taking crazy tests like this one? Score by giving one point for each 'yes' answer. If you score 3-5, you are completely crazy. You will love this book. If you score 1-2, you are not completely crazy, but you're not far from it. You will love this book. If you score 0, you are so crazy you don't even realise you're crazy. You will love this book.' (Publication summary)

2000 winner y separately published work icon Just Stupid! Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan , 1999 Z893846 1999 selected work children's fiction children's humour

'Another JUST outrageous title from the author of the NY Times bestseller THE DAY MY BUTT WENT PSYCHO! The series that made Andy Griffiths an Australian publishing phenomenon is sweeping America!

'Before introducing the world to butts gone bad, Andy Griffiths unleashed the bestselling JUST books. The series continues to amuse, annoy, and totally ick out readers with this latest collection of just stupid stories.

'GASP as Andy careens downhill in a runaway baby carriage wearing only a diaper.... SQUIRM as he almost explodes searching for a bathroom in a shopping mall.... GROAN as he stuffs twenty marshmallows in his mouth-and then has to kiss the cutest girl in class...

'But most of all, LAUGH -- because Andy Griffiths is back with more JUST STUPID adventures!' (Publication summary)

1999 winner y separately published work icon Just Annoying! Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1998 Z804322 1998 selected work children's fiction children's humour These nine uniquely Australian stories find the author in hilarious situations doing those things you did not dare do as a child.
1998 winner y separately published work icon Naughty Stories for Good Boys and Girls Christopher Milne , 1991 Neerim South : Milne Books , 1991-2000 Z1698803 1991 series - author selected work children's fiction children's
1998 winner y separately published work icon The Bugalugs Bum Thief Tim Winton , Ringwood : Puffin , 1991 Z803724 1991 single work children's fiction children's humour (taught in 1 units)

'Skeeta Anderson woke up one morning to find that his bum was gone. And not only his bum, but the bum of every single person in the town of Bugalugs.

'It's up to Skeeta to catch the thief ...'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Aussie Bites ed.)

1996 winner y separately published work icon The Gizmo Again Paul Jennings , Ringwood : Puffin , 1995 Z920255 1995 single work children's fiction children's humour
1994 winner y separately published work icon Undone! : More Mad Endings Paul Jennings , Ringwood : Puffin , 1993 Z796883 1993 selected work children's fiction children's humour
— Appears in: Absolut unglaublich! 2003;

'A collection of eight quirky, bizarre, and very funny short stories.'

1993 winner y separately published work icon Blabber Mouth Morris Gleitzman , Sydney : Piper , 1992 Z793704 1992 single work children's fiction children's humour

'An Australian schoolgirl who is unable to speak is embarrassed by her father's outlandish dress and behavior.'

Source: Trove

1991 winner y separately published work icon Finders Keepers Emily Rodda , Norwood : Omnibus Books , 1990 Z667930 1990 single work children's fiction children's science fiction Patrick loves the excitement of computer games. He is even more excited when the computer invites him to be a contestant in a million dollar TV game show called Finders Keepers. He accepts the invitation and discovers the world beyond the Barrier, and embarks on the adventure of his life.
1990 winner y separately published work icon The Paw Thing Paul Jennings , Ringwood : Puffin , 1989 Z832414 1989 single work children's fiction children's

'Oh yuck. The mice were running up my trousers. They wriggled under my shirt. They were even inside my underpants.

'Mice, madness and mayhem' (Source: publisher's website).

1989 winner y separately published work icon The Cabbage Patch Fib Paul Jennings , Ringwood : Puffin , 1988 Z832204 1988 single work children's fiction children's humour When Dad tells Chris that babies grow out of cabbages, Chris sets off to search in the vegie patch where he finds a baby.
1989 winner y separately published work icon Uncanny! : Even More Surprising Stories Paul Jennings , Ringwood : Puffin , 1988 Z832219 1988 selected work children's fiction children's mystery adventure
— Appears in: Absolut unheimlich! 2006;
1988 winner y separately published work icon My Place : The Story of Australia from Now to Then My Place Nadia Wheatley , Donna Rawlins , Donna Rawlins (illustrator), Blackburn : Collins Dove , 1987 Z795146 1987 single work picture book children's historical fiction (taught in 7 units)

'My Place, the classic Australian picture book, is a "time machine" which takes the reader back into the past. It depicts the history of one particular piece of land in Sydney from 1788 to 1988 through the stories of the various children who have lived there. It aims to teach the reader about the history of Australia, about families, settlers, multiculturalism, and the traditional owners of the land. Each child's story covers a decade in time, showing their particular dress, customs and family life.

'The book also features maps that the successive generations of children have 'drawn' which demonstrate the things that have changed - as well as the things that have remained constant. My Place ultimately aims to show "that everyone is part of History" and that "every place has a story as old as the earth".' -- Provided by publisher (2008 ed.)

1986 winner y separately published work icon The Twenty-Seventh Annual African Hippopotamus Race Morris Lurie , London : Collins , 1969 Z828249 1969 single work children's fiction children's

Eighty-four champion hippopotamuses hit the Zamboola River with a thunderous crash and the 27th Annual African Hippopotamus Race has begun!

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