**Books Illustrated moved to 74 Mills St, Albert Park VICHave you ever visitied Books Illustrated in Melbourne? Ann Haddon and Ann James are joint Directors of Books Illustrated. They warmly welcomed me. The Book Illustrated promotes Australian picture books. Friends, come over to the Book Illustrated, the pretty little white house is facing a beach. NOTE : Please take an appointment.
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The Book Illustrated has a gallery and a showroom for exhibitions, sale of original illustrations, limited edition prints and signed picture books by the Australian Children's Laureates! Enjoy ideas for unique literary gifts there.
This photo is the entrance. At the left hand, cards are on a desk, too. Let's go to a next show room. Yes, get through a door.
This section has many Bob Graham's picture books, 2014 PM Literary Award winner. The eye catchy limited prints are on walls. They are qualified prints that are exactly the same to originals. Or some of them might be orignals? I might as well ask Ann which is original.
The room is full of Australian picture books! Ah, a heaven, for me! I enjoyed reading as many as I like. Isn't it nice? Even though I know many of them, I love to reread them.
For indulgence and early Christmas presents, I bought Shaun Tan's "The Bird King and Other Sketches" and "The Butterfly" illustrated by Ann James. The Butterfly has so many beatiful watercolour illustrations. It was short listed for NSW Premier's Award in 1997 and today, is included in Walker Classics.
Yey, Ann James signed it for me!Ah, I wish I could buy all of them! I thought, seriously. A display was good and I felt it feminine and sweet.
Ann Hadson and Ann James are lovely and so busy persons. They are the real key persons and the engine for Australian picture book publishing industry. It was wonderful for me to share time with the people who have same interests -- picture books and illustrations! I've learned a lot from the talk with them. Thank you for your precious time, a kind permission to take photos and ... nice tea!
Friends, if you want to know Australian picture books, come over to the Book Illustrated in Melbourne.
Ah, I've posted all posts related to my Melbourne visit.
Friends, Happy Painting!