We would like to thank David Attenborough for writing to us after receiving and reading a copy of Windows. We are glad that he enjoyed and appreciated the book.
Thanks David, cheers Pat
Check out on You tube the great work by the teachers and students at Kananook Primary as they put their own images to the words, pictures and music of Windows. Its powerful stuff and something we can all relate too. Thank you KPS for sharing.
Click on the image or text and view on You tube.
Monday 20th July 2020
Read about the real life inspiration for Windows. When Patrick's job as a physiotherapist puts him in touch with a wide range of people, from police officers to supermarket workers and he knew it could be fatal if he passed COVID-19 on to Noah.
And so, when the first COVID-19 wave hit in late March, Mr Guest left his wife, Lisa, 49, and children Noah, Reuben, 13, and Grace, 11, and moved to a friend's vacant house 18 kilometres away in Seaford.
During his six-week exile, he visited the family home every day – talking, playing games and reading stories through Noah’s bedroom window.
Monday Apr 6th, 2020
Patrick has a new audio book based on the international language called Everyone say Aahhhh. Its spectacularly narrated by Bianca Glazebrook and a great listen. As yet it doesn't have an illustrator so if you do some drawings we'll post them on our site for everyone to see.
Tuesday, 18th June, 2019
The Dress Up Box written by Patrick Guest and illustrated by Nathaniel Eckstrom made the shortlist for The Children's Book Council of Australia 2019 Early Childhood Book of the Year. The award was taken out by the excellent Tricky's Bad Day by Alison Lester took out the award. Well done Alison.
The library at Auburn North Primary School, NSW, celebrated 2019 Book Week (Reading is my Super Power) with a great display featuring The Dress UP Box. More power!
Tuesday, 14th May, 2019
Both Rabby The Brave written by Patrick Guest and illustrated by Tom Jellett and The Dress Up Box written by Patrick Guest and illustrated by Nathaniel Eckstrom were listed as Notables for The Children's Book Council of Australia 2019 Early Childhood Book of the Year. The Dress Up Box went on to make the shortlist however the excellent Tricky's Bad Day by Alison Lester took out the award. Well done Alison.
Another of Patrick's talented followers has turned the great story into a short animation for a school project which is worth sharing.
Great work Sheoaka.
Tuesday, 27th March, 2018
The Second Sky written by Patrick Guest and Illustrated by Jonathan Bentley has been shortlisted by The Children's Book Council of Australia for the 2018 Early Childhood Book of the Year.
Its such an honour to make the short list of six, alongside some of Australia's most gifted and loved authors and illustrators. I remember my earliest contact with JB, a few years ago. His first sketches of Gilbert were coming in. It was as if he'd downloaded my dreams. In JB's words: 'There's something strange and very special happening here' and its still happening....
The awards will be announced on the 17th August, 2108.
Saturday, 3rd March, 2018
Rabby the Brave – As well as supporting the launch of Rabby the Brave Farrell’s bookshop (my local bookshop) on Main Street Mornington have devoted the shop widow to the release of Rabby the Brave. Pop down to check put the window and talk to the great staff about all things books!
Inspired by Bluey and That’s What Wings Are For, Tori has put her talents to use and created this exquisite ceramic Bluey action figurine – Albert the Turtle and Wolf next door are next. If you’d like more or if you have your own art work or experiences to share you can send them to me via the contact page or at Patrick.guest(at)Bigoproductions(dot)com(dot)au
Monday, 4 April 2016
The Ricker Racker Club – As well as supporting the launch of the Ricker Racker Club Farrell’s bookshop (my local bookshop) on Main Street Mornington have devoted the shop widow to the release of The Ricker Racker Club. Pop down to check put the window and talk to the great staff about all things books!
In this radio interview with Heather Mc on Radio Port Phillip about the launch of The Ricker Racker Club, Thats What Wings are For and the importance of kindness, silliness and bravery in children's stories.
On this short YouTube clip I talk about the story behind the book “That’s What Wings Are For” connecting it to our families experience with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Bluey the hero.