5 Minutes With Graeme Base – World Famous Author, Artist & Dad!
His alphabet book Animalia received international acclaim when it was first published in 1986 and has now sold over three million copies.
Animalia has also inspired an animated TV series, has its own app and is the first offering in a detailed digital education program called The Graeme Base Educational Suite.
Other books written and illustrated by Graeme include; The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery, The Sign of the Seahorse, Truck Dogs, Uno’s Garden, The Legend of the Golden Snail, and most recently Eye to Eye.
Amongst numerous awards across many of his published works, Graeme has received the 2007 Speech Pathology Book of the Year (Younger Readers), the 2007 Wilderness Society Environment Award and the 1989 Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year.
We are lucky enough to have spent 5 minutes with Graeme to get a sneak peek into what life is like for him.
Who is your family made up of?
Wife Robyn, 3 kids, James, Kate, Will, all in their 20s.
What is a typical day with your family like?
We are a family of artists/musicans/filmmakers all living under one roof – it is chaotic but it certainly keeps life interesting.
Who is one person in your life you are thankful for and why?
Robyn. She is the least chaotic of us. We all need her.
Where do you live and if we were to visit you what would you show us?
Bayside innercity Melbourne. The door.
What is your greatest talent or ability?
Writing pithy and occasionally amusing one line responses to interview questions.
If you had the attention of the world for just 10 seconds, what would you say?
Relax, love each other and try to be happy.
If you could have any superpower, which would you choose?
The ability to talk to the world for 10 seconds.
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