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Bruce Whatley

Biography

Bruce Whatley

Bruce was born in Wales in the UK but immigrated to Australia with his parents when he was five. He moved back to the UK in his teens to eventually complete a bachelor of arts degree in visual communication specialising in illustration. Much of his early career was spent in advertising as an art director and freelance illustrator first in London then Sydney. During this time Bruce also had several exhibitions in oils and watercolours. In 1992, inspired by his children, Ben and Ellyn, Bruce had his first book published, THE UGLIEST DOG IN THE WORLD. This award winning book is still in print. Bruce writes most of the books he illustrates often in collaboration with his wife, Rosie Smith. Together they produced among others, DETECTIVE DONUT AND THE WILD GOOSE CHASE, WHATLEY'S QUEST and LITTLE WHITE DOGS CAN'T JUMP. In 1995 Bruce moved to the US where he lived and worked in New Hampshire producing books for the American market. Most notable of these were his version of THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS and THE TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC in association with the late Gerry Garcia. Bruce and his family moved back to Australia in 1999. A collaboration with Australian writer Jackie French produced the award winning, international best seller, DIARY OF A WOMBAT. Like many of Bruce's books this has now been translated and distributed to many countries in Europe and Asia. Bruce likes to experiment with illustration styles and formats of picture books always looking for a new approach. Australia is still Bruce's home. He lives on a few acres with his wife, two children (in the process of leaving home), seven cows, one sheep, one white rabbit and one white boxer that isn't ugly enough yet to put in a book!

Bruce Whatley

Books by Bruce Whatley

Written by Jackie French, Illustrated by Bruce Whatley - Children's, Fiction, Holiday

It seems like Christmas will be just like every other day for the wombat, but when she smells carrots and becomes an accidental stowaway on Santa's sleigh, she finds out Christmas will be like nothing she has ever experienced before!