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There's Something Weird About Lena

By Sigi Cohen
Illustrated by James Foley

The award-winning picture book duo behind My Dead Bunny is back with another hilarious rhyming tale.

On my first day back at school I met a girl called Lena. Every time she acted mean she laughed like a hyena. There's something a little odd - a little weird about Lena. Could she be hiding a scary secret behind her schoolyard pranks and beastly laugh? It may take a committed band of courageous classmates to uncover the hideous truth.

  • The combination of Sigi Cohen's rollicking rhyming text and James Foley's hilarious irreverent illustrations make this a sure winner with kids aged 7 to 107.
  • Will appeal to kids who love horror, unexplained weirdness and all things gross!
  • Sigi Cohen's rhyming text is a joy to read aloud! His playful use of words fills the story with vibrancy and fun.

About the author

Sigi Hallis Cohen grew up in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a compulsion for matching words that rhyme, graduating from writing limericks and sonnets to writing children's verse. Sigi works as a lawyer, which he says greatly alleviates the stresses of writing children’s picture books. His first book, My Dead Bunny, was shortlisted for the 2016 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards. His second book Filthy Fergal, was published in 2018. His newest title, There's Something Weird About Lena, published by Walker Books in 2020, is a follow-up to My Dead Bunny.

About the illustrator

James Foley started his illustration career in primary school, drawing cartoons for the school newspaper. The paper only lasted one issue - probably because his class used smoke machines to fake a fire in the school hall (though it did make the front page). In the Lion was his first book with Walker, and it was selected for the International Youth Library’s prestigious White Raven List. His latest, My Dead Bunny, was short-listed for the 2016 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards. James is in high demand as a speaker in schools and libraries across Australia. He is also an ambassador for literacy charities Room To Read and Books In Homes. He lives in Perth with his wife, son and labrador. www.jamesfoley.com.au, @jamesfoleybooks

ISBN: 9781760651503
Imprint: Walker Books Australia
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: October 7, 2020
Dimensions: 288 x 216mm, 32pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $25.99
New Zealand RRP: $28.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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