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About the book
  • Published: 2 March 2009
  • ISBN: 9781741662931
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 114
  • RRP: $15.99

Curly Saves Grandma's House




Curly and the Fent are off to the beach for another adventure!

Curly and his naughty friend the Fent are visiting Grandma Rose by the ocean. They soon discover that Mr Smythe will do ANYTHING to get Grandma's house - even if it means tearing up Grandma Rose's garden, having secret meetings with the mayor and sending a shark after Curly and Pook. That's not all. It turns out that Fents have bigger, meaner cousins . . . the Grents. Can Curly avoid the Grent and produce the evidence that will save Grandma's house?

  • Pub date: 2 March 2009
  • ISBN: 9781741662931
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 114
  • RRP: $15.99

About the Authors

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan is one of Australia's best-known Aboriginal artists and writers.

For as long as she can remember, Sally wanted to paint and write but at school she was discouraged from expressing herself through her art because her teachers failed to see the promise in her individual style. It was not until she researched her family history and discovered her Aboriginal identity that she found meaning in her images and gained the confidence to pick up her paints again.

Sally’s widely-acclaimed first book, My Place, has sold over half a million copies in Australia. Her children's picture story books include Little Piggies and Hurry Up Oscar. She has collaborated with artist and illustrator Bronwyn Bancroft on several picture books including Dan's Grampa. Curly and the Fent was written by Sally in collaboration with her children Ambelin, Blaze and Ezekiel.

Sally is a Professor at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at the University of Western Australia and lives in Perth with her three children.


Ambelin Kwaymullina

Ambelin Kwaymullina is an Aboriginal writer and illustrator from the Palyku people. The homeland of her people is located in the dry, vivid beauty of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Ambelin has written and illustrated a number of award winning picture books as well as writing a dystopian series – 'the Tribe' – for Young Adults. When not writing or illustrating, Ambelin teaches law and spends time with her family and her dogs.

Adam Hill

Adam Hill is an Indigenous painter, graphic designer, illustrator and cartoonist. Adam is a multi-award winner in the medium of acrylic on canvas, and his public artworks and murals have adorned the walls of schools, council structures and shopping malls. Recently Adam has illustrated Yirra and Her Deadly Dog, Demon by Anita Heiss. Adam is also an accomplished performer of Yidaki (Didgeridoo), and has performed for Nelson Mandela and at the Deadly Awards, the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony and the final of Australian Idol.


Praise for Curly Saves Grandma's House

“Praise for CURLY AND THE FENT:”

“* 'Quirky, original social realism-come-fantasy novel for young boys and reluctant readers … Throughout the book there are genuine moments of laugh-out-loud humour that boys will love. Sentences are short and easy to manage, perfect for 7 to 9 years olds ... Highly recommended.' BUZZWORDS”

“* 'Based in reality with a touch of fantasy, Sally and the kids conceived the book to entice reluctant readers and appeal to children, especially boys seven to nine, who have reading difficulties. The team says they worked hard to keep the language accessible for struggling readers while maintaining a rollicking narrative.' KOORI MAIL”

“* ‘It was great. It was funny, hilarious.’ Natalie Baxter, age 8, Random House Book Buddies Club”

“* ‘The story was funny. It was the best ever!’ Lucas Dunne, age 7, Random House Book Buddies Club.”


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