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Grace and Mr Milligan (PB)


Shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year Early Childhood and CBCA Award for New Illustrator 2024

Grace lives next door to old Mr Milligan and his goat Charlie. They are the best of friends. But when Mr Milligan’s beloved goat dies, everything changes. Will Grace be able to help her friend overcome his sadness?  Grace and Mr Milligan is a heart-warming story of grief, love and the healing power of friendship.  

The Author:
Caz Goodwin is an Australian award-winning author who writes picture books, short stories, poetry and junior fiction. Her work has been published internationally and illustrated by Gus Gordon, Shaney Hyde and Kerry Millard (Australia), Ashley King (UK), Low Joo Hong (Singapore) and others. She heads the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) in Victoria and is on the Young Australian Best Book Awards (YABBA) council. She is also an Australia Reads ambassador. Caz was the judge of the 2021 Nance Donkin Award for Children’s Literature. She has been the recipient of an ASA mentorship, a May Gibbs Creative Time Residential Fellowship and a resident at the Police Point Artist in Residence Program. Caz is best known for her popular “Daisy” books, Lazy Daisy and Daisy Runs Wild, which have featured on Sarah Ferguson’s Fergie and Friends show, CBCA Storytime, podcasts, ezines, newspapers and radio.
The Illustrator:
Pip Kruger is a freelance Illustrator. She lives in a small seaside town on the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia, with her husband and two daughters. Since completing a Master of Design in 2012, she has created graphics for international children’s and lifestyle brands, illustrated for local and state government agencies and magazines, designed logos and branding packages, and developed a line of illustration-based greeting cards, prints and textiles.  Pips work incorporates hand-drawn elements with digital collage, fabric patterns and textured decoration. She celebrates the personal touch and appreciates imperfections and freehand lines that bring warmth and charm to her unique illustration style. 


* Story deals with the delicate subject of losing a loved one in a gentle accessible way,
* Bright, beautiful and sensitive illustrations will engage the reader while exploring a difficult topic,
* Helps children understand and develop empathy for others going through the grieving process,
* Provides a platform to discuss and navigate death, grief and saying goodbye,
* Explores the themes of loss, change and the passage of time, while remaining hopeful.
* Shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year Early Childhood and CBCA Award for New Illustrator 2024.

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