An engaging addition to the Nature Storybooks series, Tasmanian Devil showcases different elements of the habitat, behaviours, and day to day life of one of Australia’s most famous marsupials. Now in paperback.

In Tasmanian Devil award-winning author Claire Saxby and talented artist Max Hamilton tell the story of two imps, or young devils. As the book progresses the brother and sister grow and venture further from the den, exploring more and more of their world in this stunning Nature Storybook.


Claire Saxby lives in Melbourne, Australia and loves her city. She is the bestselling and award-winning author of many books. There Was an Old Sailor (illustrated by Cassandra Allen) won the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Crystal Kite Award. Big Red Kangaroo and Emu (both illustrated by Graham Byrne) and Koala (illustrated by Julie Vivas) have won numerous awards including the Whitley Award, the Environment Award for Children's Literature, and the CBCA Crichton Award. Koala was a CBCA Honour Book. Dingo (illustrated by Tannya Harricks) was joint winner of the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature at the NSW Premier's Literary Award (2019), won the Royal Zoological Society of NSW's Whitley Award (2018), was shortlisted in 2019 for the CBCA New Illustrator Award, and Best Picture Book in the Educational Publishing awards.

Max Hamilton has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for over 20 years. She studied fine art at COFA and went on to study graphic design and illustration at Enmore TAFE under the guidance of amazing teachers such as Wayne Harris. Wayne helped confirm that what Max wanted to do with her life is to illustrate children's books. Max was awarded an illustrators residency at Pinerolo in November 2018, through WestWords and has published a couple of picture books for Windy Hollow.


Readers of fiction and non fiction will love this book, full of facts but also laying down a story, one which helps readers understand the Devil and its habitat. The illustrations show us the wide expanse of Tasmanian bushland where the Devil lives; Hamilton includes other animals in that vegetation, and allows readers to see the different vegetation in a Devil’s environment. This is a wonderful addition to a noteworthy series of books.

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Saxby’s tremendous skill is evident, conveying the devils’ personalities, emotions, and nature with an economy of words. The Tasmanian wilderness come alive on the pages through Hamilton’s charming illustrations and choice of colour palette. A beautiful book for ages 5+ about an iconic, endangered Australian marsupial, their habitat, and their behaviours

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