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Graeme Base

GRAEME BASE is one of the world's leading creators of picture books. The hallmarks of a Base book are amazing detail and creative depictions of wildlife from all corners of the globe, alongside hidden images for readers to discover.

His alphabet book Animalia received international acclaim when it was first published in 1986, and has achieved classic status with worldwide sales of three million copies. It has since inspired an animated TV series. Other favourites include The Eleventh Hour, My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch, The Sign of the Seahorse, The Waterhole, Jungle Drums and Uno's Garden. A number of Graeme’s books are available in Chinese, including his latest creation Eye to Eye.

‘Graeme Base’s children’s books are special. They are the sort you read and re-read and save for your grandchildren. Artist and author Base’s vivid and highly detailed drawings are so sumptuous, so full of fun and whimsy, without compromising on realism that you can look at his work long after you’ve finished reading the text.’Magdalena Ball, Aussie Reviews



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11 March  AM           " Life and Work of Graeme Base " Talk
                                      Beijing British School

                  14:00     Children's Writing in the Digital Age

18 March AM           " Life and Work of Graeme Base " Talk
                                      Dulwich School

                   PM           " Life and Work of Graeme Base " Talk
                                      Jingshan School


13 March    PM                Opening of exhibition of Graeme's artwork in Wuhan and launch of Eye to Eye


19 March 14:15    Amimalia and other Tales

21 March 10:15   " Life and Work of Graeme Base " Talk 
                                    Leman International School

                    PM       " Life and Work of Graeme Base " Talk 
                                    Xihua University Australian Studies Centre