Thank you to the Magic Fish Dreaming Team

12885951_1728459957436677_2678568342636172810_o Helene, Heidi, June team meeting – Matilda was there by skype.

14446167_1809127186036620_126459434951546028_n Richard Tillotson – from Fergies

Just have the most dedicated and delightful team to work with on Magic Fish Dreaming. They have made the process of creating this book one of the best experiences of my life.

Even when we have challenges they are just solved and everyone is never afraid to say how to make something even better and everyone just strives for excellence. I feel very blessed. I wish all work places could be like this. There’s just no ‘ego’ and we all just want to make the book the best it can be.

I have gained such an insight and understanding of the talents and skills of an editor, designer, illustrator and printer. They put as much effort into this as writers do. When you understand what they do better, you can just put trust in…

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A Quest of the Most Wondrous Kind


Magic Fish Dreaming is a quest of the most wondrous kind, entreating young readers and old alike to venture forth into nature and their imaginations. It is an invitation to spend time with the ancients and experience a taste of our country through poem and illustration.

As readers journey through the collection, they unearth secrets and encounter magic. The tropical heart of far north Queensland pulses resolutely throughout this medley of verse and art yet the stories it recites have far-reaching appeal. Odes to the wildlife whose habitats we explore; to those who attempt to make their livelihoods on the same lands and to Mother Nature herself, beat with sublime sincerity.

Look beneath the beautiful camouflage of words and watercolours and you will find an evocative sense of spirit and place, and a plea to respect that from where we came and those that we live amongst.

The lilting rhythms of June’s verse and the creatures and curiosities that swirl throughout each of Helene’s illustrations will entrance and delight children for generations.

Dimity Powell, Children’s Author & Book Reviewer