ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Maxine is born into the superhero Thunderbolt-Lightning family. She gets her own cape (loving knitted by Grandma) and her own leather boots (carefully crafted by Grandad). She already has the mask. Her older brother Max gives her his precious veterinary textbook… Maxine grows quickly, as befits a superhero, and starts school four years early. There she sees other ways of being, other paths to take - and with determination, and a loving family, she will find what she needs. As always with Bob Graham's picture books, there is a reassuring message, sweetness without saccharine, young characters discovering the world and dogs. Those familiar with his books will also see the occasional visual reference to past characters. A real treat! Lindy
Bob Graham is a Kate Greenaway-winning bookmaker who has written and illustrated many acclaimed children's picture books including Ellie's Dragon, The Poesy Ring, Home in the Rain, How to Heal a Broken Wing, How the Sun Got to Coco's House, Max, Jethro Byrde: Fairy Child and The Underhills. A Bus Called Heaven is endorsed by Amnesty International UK and was the winner of the Children's Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award - a prize Bob has won an unprecedented seven times. He has been awarded the prestigious Prime Minister's Literary Award in Australia twice, for Silver Buttons and Home in the Rain. Bob lives in Melbourne, Australia.