Dr Allie Mokany grew up in the Australian bush, surrounded by frogs, lizards and snakes. She went on to study reptiles at university and has published several scientific articles.
She began writing for children when her own kids were searching for innovative material to read, she hopes that her books will both encourage a love of literature in children, as well as get parents to read to their kids.
Allie lives in Canberra with her two children and pet lizard.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am a great fan of hand-me downs, and as a youngest child I was always the one to receive the well-worn, much loved dresses. I loved the sense history that each dress had, some were from my cousins and I had watched them wear them to their formals and birthday parties. We have a tradition in our family of having a different colour theme for each Christmas, so this story was inspired both by the colours of Christmas and all the hand- me downs I had received.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing as a child, I think my first story that I can remember was 'What do fairies do?' I remember reading a book about Australian Fairy tales and how the wattle fairies came to be. Even now when I see a wattle bush I think of those fairies with their golden hair. As an adult I came back to writing for children because of my own kids. I would tell them stories in the car that I had made up and they would want them again and again, writing them down was the best way to make sure they got what they wanted.
Come along on a magical journey through the garden.
This book uses exquisite images to accompany the classic getting to know you children's song "Bee Bee, Bumble Bee, can you sing your name for me?"
A must for any toddler.
"Sam and Sophie are racing through the garden playing snakes and ladders,They are always on the look out for pythons and adders". From the first line this book will delight preschool children with its simple rhyming text and quirky images. What a great funky kids book.