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Christmas Always Comes

CBCA Notable Book 2022

Bruce Whatley Jackie French



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01 October 2021
From the author and illustrator of many beloved classic picture books comes a story about an Australian Christmas. Beautiful and heartwarming, this is a book that is destined to become a family favourite.

'Joy comes in the morning'

It's Christmas Eve in 1932, and Joey, Ellie and their parents are droving cattle in the drought.

How will Santa find them on the long and dusty road? And will there be pudding and presents and a tree in the morning?

But Joey knows that Christmas always comes.

From two of Australia's best-loved picture book creators comes a story about finding joy and beauty where you least expect it, and how kindness can create miracles.


'This is a heart-warming story from one of Australia's best teams for creating picture books, and both French and Whatley have crafted words and images that cut to the core of what we really remember and celebrate at Christmas regardless of the time or circumstances.' -- The Bottom Shelf
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Imprint:   HARPER360
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 276mm,  Width: 268mm,  Spine: 8mm
Weight:   433g
ISBN:   9781460757895
ISBN 10:   1460757890
Pages:   32
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 3 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  0-5 years
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jackie French AM is an award-winning writer, wombat negotiator, the 2014-2015 Australian Children's Laureate and the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. In 2016 Jackie became a Member of the Order of Australia for her contribution to children's literature and her advocacy for youth literacy. She is regarded as one of Australia's most popular children's authors and writes across all genres - from picture books, history, fantasy, ecology and sci-fi to her much loved historical fiction for a variety of age groups. 'Share a Story' was the primary philosophy behind Jackie's two-year term as Laureate. Bruce Whatley is one of Australia's most highly regarded and talented authors and illustrators for children, both here and internationally. Since 1992 Bruce has written and/or illustrated over 90 picture books. In 2002 he paired with author Jackie French and illustrated Diary of a Wombat, which was the start of an extraordinary creative collaboration.

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