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About the book
  • Published: 30 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143780137
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $27.00

The Travel Bug




The journey of a bug with an identity crisis

The journey of a bug with an identity crisis

A strange little bug doesn’t know who he is or where he’s from. Even his name is a mystery. So he sets off to seek answers. He journeys the world meeting wonderful creatures, seeing amazing sights and eating delicious food. Adventures he has, but still no one knows what insect he is. Maybe, just maybe, the path he is on is the answer he seeks. The Travel Bug is a gently philosophical picture book about identity, fate, the joy of travelling, and the discovery of kindness and kinship across cultures.

  • Pub date: 30 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143780137
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $27.00

About the Authors

Benjamin Gilmour

Benjamin Gilmour has been a paramedic for 20 years. He is also an author and film director. His last film, Jirga, was Australia’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, 2019, and won the Best Independent Film at the AACTA Awards. His other films include Paramedico (2012) and Son of a Lion (2008), which was selected for the Berlinale. He is the author of the best-selling book Paramedico – Around the World by Ambulance, a tie-in with his film of the same name, and Warrior Poets about the making of his first feature film in Pakistan. His children's book, The Travel Bug, with illustrator James Gulliver Hancock is published by Penguin Random House. He is based in northern New South Wales, Australia, where he lives with his wife Kaspia and three children.

James Gulliver Hancock

James Gulliver Hancock is a Sydney-born illustrator who has travelled the world drawing obsessively since he was a little boy. His previous books include Meet… Banjo Paterson, Lonely Planet’s Not for Parents: How to be a World Explorer, and his All the Buildings in … series.


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