Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Gus Gordon.
From motorbike riding stunt chickens to oboe playing crocodiles, internationally acclaimed illustrator and author, Gus Gordon, is ingenious in creating books for the vast array of children’s book lovers. Age is no barrier to the type of books that Gus is able to produce. Writing for small people and big people alike, anyone who enjoys reading can find solace within the colourful, eclectic and whimsical pages of his books.
Gus grew up in a household full of enthusiastic readers, on a farm in northern New South Wales, Australia. As a keen artist, growing up surrounded by books, Gus became fascinated by the striking pictures that accompanied the words in stories. He had an innate desire to be part of this process. After leaving school Gus worked on cattle stations all over the country before officially pursuing a drawing career, studying at the Julian Ashton School of Art in Sydney.
Following a short stint as a cartoonist, Gus illustrated his first children’s book, The Trouble with Parents by Dianne Bates, in 1996. Through working on this project, Gus instantly found his passion.
Gus has since illustrated and written over 80 books for children, some of his most celebrated titles include Herman and Rosie, Wendy, A Day With Noodles, To The Moon and Back by Jackie French, The Dirt Experiment and The Joke Trap by Richard Glover, the ‘So Series’ by J A Mawter and Sing, Pepi Sing by Jen Storer. His most recent book, Somewhere Else, was selected as a ‘Notable book’ by the Children’s Book Council of Australia, for their 2017 Book of the Year Awards. Gus’s books have received praise around the world, including in Canada, USA, Germany, Holland, France, Spain, Taiwan and New Zealand.
Being inspired by children themselves, Gus is able to connect with a child’s natural artistic ability and their honest approach to storytelling, to develop words and pictures that fundamentally resonate with his audience. The earnest respect he gives his audience, makes him all the more admirable and compelling.
Gus’s fondness of Kenneth Grahame's, Wind in The Willows, is evident through his own anthropomorphic tales. His ability to use animals in his stories as central characters, giving them the pizzazz and soul they need, is particularly captivating.
When he is not creating, you will most likely find Gus with his family at the beach, listening to music or indulging in cheese and wine.
Gus is a remarkable illustrator and author. With a good cup of coffee, a spacious room full of light and the right art supplies he is capable of producing magic.
Introduction by Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern
To learn more about Gus Gordon, visit: www.gusgordon.com
Here are some of Gus Gordon's books: