The Gift by Michael Speechley

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The house across the road looks abandoned, but Rosie knows someone lives there. She decides to give her mystery neighbour a gift – something different, something unusual, something surprising. Something her mum would have been proud of.

Championing simple acts of kindness, this exquisite Australian children’s picture book explores the importance of friendship and the joy of giving. A gorgeous hardback edition about seeing the beauty in everything. This is one to keep in your library, and is perfect for children and adults. The illustrations have a feeling of being in a timeless place, with muted vintage colours and sepia tones.

Format Hardback | 32 pages
Dimensions 275 x 217mm | 390g
Publication date 03 Sep 2019
Publisher Random House Australia
Publication City/Country North Sydney, Australia
Language English
ISBN10 0143788981
ISBN13 9780143788980

About the author

Michael Speechley has been a graphic designer and high school art teacher in WA. His first picture book, The All New Must Have Orange 430, explores themes of consumerism and the environment. It was shortlisted and awarded as an Honour Book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Children’s Book of the Year Award in 2019, and was the winner of The Wilderness Society’s 2019 Environment Award for Children’s Literature, Picture Books. His second book is The Gift, which was published in September 2019. This book deals with loss, kindness and the joy of giving. It was a Notable Book in the 2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, and was shortlisted for the 2019 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards.

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The house across the road looks abandoned, but Rosie knows someone lives there. She decides to give her mystery neighbour a gift – something different, something unusual, something surprising. Something her mum would have been proud of.

Championing simple acts of kindness, this exquisite Australian children’s picture book explores the importance of friendship and the joy of giving. A gorgeous hardback edition about seeing the beauty in everything. This is one to keep in your library, and is perfect for children and adults. The illustrations have a feeling of being in a timeless place, with muted vintage colours and sepia tones.

Format Hardback | 32 pages
Dimensions 275 x 217mm | 390g
Publication date 03 Sep 2019
Publisher Random House Australia
Publication City/Country North Sydney, Australia
Language English
ISBN10 0143788981
ISBN13 9780143788980

About the author

Michael Speechley has been a graphic designer and high school art teacher in WA. His first picture book, The All New Must Have Orange 430, explores themes of consumerism and the environment. It was shortlisted and awarded as an Honour Book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Children’s Book of the Year Award in 2019, and was the winner of The Wilderness Society’s 2019 Environment Award for Children’s Literature, Picture Books. His second book is The Gift, which was published in September 2019. This book deals with loss, kindness and the joy of giving. It was a Notable Book in the 2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, and was shortlisted for the 2019 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards.

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