|Mulga Bill's Bicycle 1973. Illustrations Kilmeny and Deborah Niland|
This year, 2013, marks the 40th anniversary (yes 40th! ) of the first publication of my picture book, Mulga Bill's Bicycle.
The amazing thing is that this book has been in continuous print since 1973. I believe it is quite rare to have a picture book still in print after all these years.
Mulga Bill's Bicycle is the name of a poem written in 1896 by Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson.
This picture-book version of Banjo Paterson's poem was illustrated by my sister Kilmeny and me and first published by William Collins (Australia) Ltd in 1973.
To celebrate this book's long life, I thought I would post, at intervals, various snippets and original sketches which relate to the finished illustrations. I would also like to make up some activity sheets for kids to download and print.
|Mulga Bill's Bicycle 2007. Illustrations Kilmeny and Deborah Niland|