Ella and The Ocean by Lian Tanner & Jonathan Bentley

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A very Australian story of drought and renewal, of family, of imagination and of the power of hope.

Ella lived in the red-dirt country where the earth was as dry as old bones and it hadn’t rained for years and years and years. One night, Ella dreamt of the ocean…

Winner of the 2020 Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature, this is the hardback edition of this gorgeous Australian children’s picture book from the award-winning author of The Keepers and the CBCA Notable illustrator of Where is Bear?

About the Author

Lian Tanner has been dynamited while scuba diving and arrested while busking. She once spent a week in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, hunting for a Japanese soldier left over from the Second World War. She likes secrets, old bones, and animals that are not what they seem. Nowadays she lives by the beach in southern Tasmania with a large fluffy tomcat called Harry-le-beau. She is the author of the internationally bestselling The Keepers series, The Rogues and The Hidden. This is her first picture book.

About the Illustrator

Jonathan Bentley is the illustrator of many wonderful picturebooks, including The Second Sky by Patrick Guest (CBCA Shortlist 2018), Tales from a Tall Forest by Shaun Micallef, First Day by Andrew Daddo, Blue Sky Yellow Kite by Janet A Holmes, and Where is Bear?

Industry Reviews
‘Ella and the Ocean is a flawlessly composed and executed picture book. It is perfect for young children and will continue to delight on multiple readings. It could be placed into the hands of children anywhere in Australia and the world over, to be appreciated and loved.’

NSW Premier’s Literary Award Judges’ Report

Published: 5th August 2019

Hardback edition
ISBN: 9781760633691
Number Of Pages: 32

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A very Australian story of drought and renewal, of family, of imagination and of the power of hope.

Ella lived in the red-dirt country where the earth was as dry as old bones and it hadn’t rained for years and years and years. One night, Ella dreamt of the ocean…


Winner of the 2020 Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature, this is the hardback edition of this gorgeous Australian children’s picture book from the award-winning author of The Keepers and the CBCA Notable illustrator of Where is Bear?

About the Author

Lian Tanner has been dynamited while scuba diving and arrested while busking. She once spent a week in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, hunting for a Japanese soldier left over from the Second World War. She likes secrets, old bones, and animals that are not what they seem. Nowadays she lives by the beach in southern Tasmania with a large fluffy tomcat called Harry-le-beau. She is the author of the internationally bestselling The Keepers series, The Rogues and The Hidden. This is her first picture book.

About the Illustrator

Jonathan Bentley is the illustrator of many wonderful picturebooks, including The Second Sky by Patrick Guest (CBCA Shortlist 2018), Tales from a Tall Forest by Shaun Micallef, First Day by Andrew Daddo, Blue Sky Yellow Kite by Janet A Holmes, and Where is Bear?

Industry Reviews
‘Ella and the Ocean is a flawlessly composed and executed picture book. It is perfect for young children and will continue to delight on multiple readings. It could be placed into the hands of children anywhere in Australia and the world over, to be appreciated and loved.’

NSW Premier’s Literary Award Judges’ Report

Published: 5th August 2019

Hardback edition
ISBN: 9781760633691
Number Of Pages: 32

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