Stephen Axelsen works as a full-time freelance
illustrator for many children's publishers and also for the School
Magazine. His bibliography is large and varied, beginning
with the Blinky Bill books he illustrated some time
ago. He is well known for books such as Eucalyptus
Christmas, I Findem P.I., Red
Hot Jokes for Kool Kids and his illustrations for
the Crazy Tales series - Rodney's Runaway
Nose (with Richard Tulloch), Quentin's
Lunch (with Duncan Ball), The
Mad Murkin's Holiday (with Bob Ryan), Cocky
Colin (with Richard Tulloch) and Terrible
Troy (with Max Fatchen). The four books in the wonderfully whimsical Piccolo & Annabelle series
have enjoyed great success.
whimsical and zany drawings have won him a number of awards
- The Oath of Bad Brown Bill was commended
in the 1979 CBCA Book of the Year Awards. The Racing
Car Driver's Moustache won the prestigious Critici
in Erba Award at the Bologna Book Fair in 1985 and Cocky
Colin was shortlisted for the K.O.A.L.A Awards. The
first volume in the Piccolo and Annabelle series, The
Very Messy Inspection, was a finalist in the 2004
Aurealis Awards for Children's Short Fiction.
irreverent sense of humour makes him an ideal communicator
with children. His sessions concentrate on his drawing techniques
and he is always happy to leave behind the artwork he has produced.
As one school said, 'Stephen passed on his experiences in both
writing and illustration by practical demonstration. His understanding
of the audience, his wit and humour all ensured highly successful
in Sydney a long time ago, Stephen now lives by the beach,
watching the tides, near Byron Bay with his wife Jennifer,
and son, Harlee. They share their house with a dog named Oscar,
a cat called Willow and their budgie, Trippy. When not illustrating,
Stephen might be found gardening, walking Oscar or reading
until he falls asleep.
from Stephen's school visits:
"Well prepared and an excellent, warm, friendly presentation. A huge success."
For more information vist www.stephenaxelsen.net
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