We first discovered Polly Dunbar through the book ‘Fly Away Katie’. My kids absolutely love this book as they often disappear into their own little worlds for hours at a time. Polly has a totally fabulous website – just click on her name. I love her use of mixed media, the freedom in her drawing and beautiful characters. We aslo recently bought ‘Down the back of the Chair’ by Margaret Mahy and illustrated by Polly Dunbar, and although the rhymes and rhythm of the words are great we really bought it for the fabulous pictures. I know she’s English and I will get round to acknowledging some of the wonderful Australian illustrators but I understand that ‘Fly Away Katie’ was inspired by time Polly spent amongst the birds in the South Australian rainforests.
from ‘Fly Away Katie’ by Polly Dunbar