As the activity of our everyday lives stopped overnight, what remained was the thread of our humanity and interconnectedness – the simplicity of seeing the beauty around us and the real need for the touch and physical presence of those we love.
This beautiful book uses a delightful playfulness to capture the poignancy, the hope and the truth of this experience for many of us through this Coronavirus pandemic, and will become a treasured capsule of life in 2020.
Available late 2020
Tiny Dancer is a story of Mirra the Mayfly as she is born, discovers an amazing world and millions of friends in the best day of her life. The beautiful image is from the illustrator Gianluca Garafalo who is illustrating the book while in isolation in Italy.
You can hear an audio of the book over on at the Listening Booth page.
The Dress-Up Box
The Frolleys have to move from their beloved house at 32 Sunshine Avenue to a place with dripping taps, stinky carpets and ants. But they have brought something with them that can turn any house into a home. The Dress-Up Box is a story about childhood, belonging and the power of imagination.
Shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the year award 2019.
Rabby the brave
When baby Lily is born, Leon and Rabby (his soft toy) find two new friends in Lily and her soft toy, Snuggles the elephant. The four of them play together and go on all sorts of adventures. But one night, Snuggles is left outside and, by morning, is seriously injured. Leon can’t sleep knowing that Lily doesn’t have Snuggles to comfort her, so he comes up with a plan. Together, he and his parents take parts of Rabby and use them to save Snuggles, creating Captain Rabby in the process! Together, Leon, Lily, Snuggles and Captain Rabby sail out over the jumbling, tumbling seas once more.
The Second Sky
That's What Wings Are For
That’s What Wings Are For – Is dedicated to every boy and girl with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), their families, and all those working and praying for a cure. The main character is a Dragon called Bluey, who like these boys and girls may have weak muscles, but they are strong and amazing in many other ways. It is a truly touching story with gorgeous illustrations. Proceeds from this book go to help Duchenne Foundation assist families whose child is affected with this condition. Now also available in Korean and Chinese.
The Ricker Racker Club
To be in the Ricker-Racker Club
- You have to be brave
- You have to be kind
- You have to NOT be a girl
(but some people are better than others at being both kind and brave)
Join Max, Ollie, Poppy and their ever growing band of adventurers in this joyful tale about silly rules, silly situations and the true meaning of courage. The Ricker Racker Club is a very real, very secret club, invented by Patrick's boys Noah and Reuben when they were four and three (just don't tell them that their Dad's written a book about it!)
Patrick has one more picture book for children scheduled for release over the next year with Little Hare / Hardie Grant Egmont and Dirt Lane Press:
(est late 2021)
Beaver and the Beast
(A collaboration with Noah Guest)
Available early 2022
He is also currently working on a novel for children aged 9-14, titled:
The Last Secret of Ernie Pigwinkle