Gus Gordon – Picture Book Month

Gus Gordon Spotlight


Check Out Our Previous Author/Illustrator Spotlights-

Sam Garton and Otter

Tara Lazar and James Burks


As our series of Author/illustrator spotlights continues, your lit. rat is honored to introduce you to author-illustrator Gus Gordon


While his best known book outside Australia is “Herman and Rosie” (more on that later) he’s got a slightly bigger blacklist in his native homeland  which I discovered recently-





 For now, this seems to be an “Down Under” exclusive, but hopefully it’ll come stateside, eventually…


Herman and Rosie


Herman and Rosie

by Gus Gordon (@IllustratorGus)

(AU) Publisher: Viking

(An Imprint of Penguin AU)

(U.S.) Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

(An Imprint of Macmillan)

Pub. Date: October 15th, 2013


This was one of my favorite finds last year and reviewed it as part our “Holiday 2013 Showcase”


That said, it’s not a seasonal title, but I included it in the showcase as it embodies the goodwill and spirit the winter holidays universally represent whatever you celebrate.

Check out my fan book trailer for

“Herman and Rosie”


In addition to books Gus has written and illustrated, he’s also teamed up with various authors over the years-


I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo!

I Am Cow, Hear Me MOO! 

by Jill Esbaum 

Publisher (U.S.): Dial

(Penguin Imprint)

Publisher (AU): Penguin Books 

Pub. Date: May 15th, 2014


If you LOVE Sam Garton’s “I Am Otter” (No relation, mind you) than this is another book to have on your radar if it’s not already. T.A.A. will review this in near future!



In the meantime, check out the fan book trailer created by my colleague, Patricia Miller- 


For my T.A.A. fans in the U.S. and Canada, get ready for Gus Gordon’s most recent author collaboration

Big Pet Day (AU+US)

(Big Pet Day Cover, AU Left, U.S. Right)

Big Pet Day

by Lisa Shanahan

Publisher (U.S.): Templar Publishing (@templarbooks)

Publisher (AU): Hachette (@HachetteAus)

Pub. Date: January 1st, 2014


Learn More about Gus, his books, and more at his website-


He’s Also on Facebook and Twitter via @IllustratorGus

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