Claire Saxby was born in Melbourne and grew up in Newcastle, NSW where she thought she'd stay until the end of her days. Then, while she was holidaying in Melbourne, Claire's parents decided to move to Bougainville Island in Papua New Guinea. Fortunately, they waited and took her with them. Since then, she's lived in more houses than she can remember. Claire is the author of Ebi's Boat, illustrated by Anne Spudvilas, which was a Children's Book Council of Australia Notable book in 2007. Her title published with Walker Books Australia in 2010, There Was an Old Sailor, illustrated by Cassandra Allen was short-listed for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2010, Young Children Category.
A compelling account, written with sophisticated, descriptive
language, and enlightening charcoal and digital media illustrations
to match. * Boomerang Books Blog *
Just three page turns and Byrne's dramatic charcoal and digital collages propel readers into one night in the life of Red, a large Australian kangaroo. * The Horn Book *
The digital and charcoal art is simply stunning, with a smudgy angularity reminiscent of the late Glen Rounds but an immersive, otherworldly earthiness all its own, and both the main text and the secondary explanatory text stand out strongly against the sandy pages. * Bulletin for the Centre of Children's Books *
Everything from the size of this book to the color and style of the artwork evokes the Land Down Under. * School Library Connection *