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Australian Book of the Year for Younger Children
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Winners

2020 winner y separately published work icon The 117-Storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2019 16432360 2019 children's fiction

'Andy and Terry's treehouse now has 13 new storeys, including a tiny-horse level, a pyjama-party room, an Underpants Museum, a photo-bombing booth, a waiting room, a Door of Doom, a circus, a giant-robot-fighting arena, a traffic school, a water-ski park filled with flesh-eating piranhas and a treehouse visitor centre with a 24-hour information desk, a penguin-powered flying treehouse tour bus and a gift shop.

Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 winner y separately published work icon The 104-Storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2018 14252516 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'The 104-Storey Treehouse is the eighth book of Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s wacky treehouse adventures, where the laugh-out-loud story is told through a combination of text and fantastic cartoon-style illustrations.

'Join Andy and Terry in their now 104-storey spectacular treehouse. They’ve added thirteen new levels, including a never-ending staircase, a burp bank, and even a mighty fortress. But Andy and Terry are in a race against time to find a funny story for their next book – will the tooth fairy, the two-million-dollar shop or even the riddles of the deep-thoughts thinking room be able to help?

'Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!' (Publication summary)

2018 winner y separately published work icon Nevermoor : The Trials of Morrigan Crow Jessica Townsend , Sydney : Lothian Children's Books , 2017 11160400 2017 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she's blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor. It's then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organisation: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart–an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests–or she'll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.' (Publication summary)

2017 winner y separately published work icon The 78-Storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2016 9652462 2016 single work children's fiction children's

'Join Andy and Terry in their spectacular new 78-storey treehouse. They've added 13 new levels including a drive-thru car wash, a combining machine, a scribbletorium, an ALL-BALL sports stadium, Andyland, Terrytown, a high-security potato chip storage facility and an open-air movie theatre. Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!' (Publication summary)

2016 winner y separately published work icon The 65-Storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2015 8682364 2015 single work children's fiction children's

'Andy and Terry's amazing 65-Storey Treehouse now has a pet-grooming salon, a birthday room where it's always your birthday (even when it's not), a room full of exploding eyeballs, a lollipop shop, a quicksand pit, an ant farm, a time machine and Tree-NN: a 24-hour-a-day TV news centre keeping you up to date with all the latest treehouse news, current events and gossip. Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!' (Publication summary)

2015 winner y separately published work icon The 52-Storey Treehouse The Fifty-Two-Storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2014 7711206 2014 single work children's fiction children's

'Andy and Terry's incredible, ever-expanding treehouse has 13 new storeys, including a watermelon-smashing level, a wave machine, a life-size snakes and ladders game (with real ladders and real snakes), a rocket-powered carrot-launcher, a Ninja Snail Training Academy and a high-tech detective agency with all the latest high-tech detective technology, which is lucky because they have a BIG mystery to solve - where is Mr Big Nose??? ' (Publication summary)

2014 winner The 39-Storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2013 6805277 2013 single work children's fiction children's

'Andy and Terry's amazing treehouse has 13 new levels including a chocolate waterfall, a non-erupting active volcano, an opera house, a baby-dinosaur petting zoo, Andy and Terry's Believe it or Else! museum, a not-very-merry merry-go-round, a boxing elephant called the Trunkinator, an X-Ray room, a disco with light-up dance floor, the world's scariest roller-coaster and a top secret 39th level that hasn't even been finished yet! Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!' (Publisher's blurb)

2013 winner y separately published work icon The Very Hungry Bear Nick Bland , Nick Bland (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Press Scholastic Press , 2012 Z1868188 2012 single work picture book children's 'The Very Cranky Bear is back, and now he's hungry! When the Very Hungry Bear goes fishing, he ends up catching more than he bargained for - a polar bear, with an armful of fish, who needs help finding a new home! Vibrant illustrations and a fun, engaging story make this book perfect for reading aloud' (Libraries Australia).
2012 winner y separately published work icon Rudie Nudie Emma Quay , Emma Quay (illustrator), Pymble : ABC Books , 2011 Z1796632 2011 single work picture book children's A charming bath time and bedtime book for very young children. Two little children go through their night-time routine in this fun picture book. From the bath to the bed – a classic tale all children (and parents!) are familiar with. (Publisher's blurb)
2011 winner y separately published work icon Noni the Pony Alison Lester , Alison Lester (illustrator), East Melbourne : Allen and Unwin , 2010 Z1737889 2010 single work picture book children's

'Noni the pony is friendly and funny.
Her shimmering tail is the colour of honey.
She lives on a farm at Waratah Bay,
and likes eating apples and carrots and hay.

'Would you like to meet Noni? She loves to entertain the cows and play with with the hens and the ducks, and her best friends are Dave Dog and Coco the Cat.' (From the publisher's website.)

2010 winner y separately published work icon Baby Wombat's Week Jackie French , Bruce Whatley (illustrator), Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 2009 Z1648459 2009 single work picture book children's 'The star of the international bestseller Diary of a Wombat is back - with a new mouth to feed! Cuter, stroppier and even more determined than her mother ... meet Mothball's baby. Like any growing family, this baby wombat and her mum are finding it hard to fit into their home. When setting out to dig a new, bigger hole with room for them both, Shaggy Gully's newest resident gets some help from a friend, causes more mayhem than Mothball ever did, and sorts things out in hilarious style.' (From the publisher's website.)
2009 winner y separately published work icon Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes Mem Fox , Helen Oxenbury (illustrator), Hawthorn : Viking , 2008 Z1523360 2008 single work picture book children's 'Rhyming text compares babies born in different places and in different circumstances, but they all share the commonality of ten little fingers and ten little toes.'--(Publisher)
2008 winner y separately published work icon The Peasant Prince Cunxin Li , Anne Spudvilas (illustrator), Camberwell : Viking , 2007 Z1435037 2007 single work picture book children's (taught in 1 units) 'In a poor village in northern China, a small boy is about to be taken away from everything he's ever known. He is so afraid, but his mother urges him to follow his dreams. For soon he will become a dancer, one of the finest dancers in the world...' (Publisher's blurb)
2007 winner y separately published work icon Josephine Wants to Dance Jackie French , Bruce Whatley (illustrator), Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 2006 Z1335136 2006 single work picture book children's 'Josephine is a kangaroo - who loves to dance ballet. Her little brother, Joey, tells her that kangaroos don't dance, they hop - but Josephine continues to point her toes and leap through the air. When a ballet troupe comes to town and both the lead ballerina and understudy are injured, Josephine's talents are called upon to help save the day. Can she do it and, more importantly, does it matter that she's a kangaroo?' (Source: publisher's teachers' notes).
2006 winner y separately published work icon Little Fur : The Legend of Little Fur The Legend of Little Fur Isobelle Carmody , Camberwell : Viking , 2005 Z1231151 2005 single work children's fiction fantasy fable children's Little Fur is very old, though she looks more like a four-year-old child. She is half elf and half troll, and she lives in her very own wilderness, a patch of park, within the city where the humans live. Little Fur is distressed by what the humans are doing to her patch of wilderness - they are burning trees - and she must go on a perilous journey to prevent her precious home from being destroyed. She enlists the help of her friends: Brownie the shaggy Shetland pony, Crow the crow and the Sett Owl.
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