Roland Harvey is one of Australia's best-loved illustrators. In 1978, he established Roland Harvey Studios and began designing and producing greeting cards, posters and stationery with a distinctly Australian flavour. Ventures into publishing quickly followed. Some of his best-loved books include My Place in Space (with Joe Levine), Burke and Wills, The First Fleet and Sick As (with Gael Jennings). His recent books include the best-selling At the Beach and In the Bush and his illustrations are featured in It's True! Burke + Wills Forgot the Frying Pan by David Greagg and the Bonnie + Sam series - The Horses and Ponies of Coolibah Creeks, in collaboration with Alison Lester. Roland was the recipient of the 2005 Dromkeen Medal.
In the Bush is a hilariously illustrated diary of one family’s holiday at Wombat Flat. Meet Henry, Penny, Mum, Dad and little Frankie as each one tells of their own experiences and mishaps in more pictures than words. With three-quarters of every page filled with illustrations of Wombat Flat and its campers, you can spend hours spotting every comical event that the artist has so skilfully included. Dad meets some shy locals, Frankie learns to fly, Henry crosses the gap at Mt Great Concern, Penny successfully executes the jump on the double doughnut and Mum performs the dance of the passionfruit pavlova. The story is not written in a strictly linear form, and so the storyline might be difficult to follow for the text-oriented, but the illustrations more than make up for what the words lack. The illustrations tell us, in very few words, what the family does each day. Only the very bare basics and most important events are described. Hidden sugar-gliders and snowstorm monsters provide for a very entertaining read for those who are prepared to commit their time to gazing at illustrations. Brittany Linklater is a Year 10 AB&P work experience student from country Victoria C. 2005 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors
'...text and illustrations are so integrated and so full of wit, humour and fascinating detail I laughed out loud and guffawed but there is also beauty. At times Harvey seems to distil the essence of the Australian bush...Here is a treasure of unfailing pleasure reassurance that Australia does still produce great comic and narrative art.' Maurice Saxby, MagpiesVol 20 No 5 Nov 2005'...hilariously illustrated you can spend hours spotting every comical event that the artist has so skillfully included.' AB&PSept 2005