Terry Denton

Terry Denton is one of those lucky people who can both write and illustrate. He has written fourteen children’s books himself and collaborated on thirty more with some of the most popular children’s authors in Australia.

Terry works best in the world of the imagination. His books are playful, noisy, humorous, colourful, dramatic, and always challenge the reader’s lateral thinking skills. His mind has grown wild and chaotic as a result of being trapped in a big house with his four brothers for the first eighteen years of his life. He eventually escaped and now lives by the beach in a life he shares with his wife and three kids.

Terry Denton won the CBC Picture Book of the Year Award in 1986 and has since been short-listed many times. He won both the Multicultural Book of the Year and the Best Designed Book in 1993. In 2003 he was shortlisted for the 2002 Aurealis Award. His work has won countless children’s choice awards throughout Australia.

When did you start writing?
‘I started writing in 1983. For a long time I wanted to be an illustrator, but surprised myself when I found I had this great urge to write as well. It took some time to work out what I wanted to write, but now I am feeling more comfortable in that role.’

What was your favourite book as a child?
‘I didn’t have a great many books as a child. But the one I remember the most was a cut down version of Treasure Island...with great illustrations...I still have it.’

What are the best and worst things about being a writer?
‘The challenge. Starting out on a new book is both frightening and exhilarating. I used to go kayaking and it’s the same feeling. There is also the joy of working with my publisher, building something together.’

Where do you do your writing?
‘I have a studio in the back garden. It is a quiet retreat where I can slip into that level of concentration I need to write. It has a pot belly heater so I can divert myself by playing with fire...a bit of a boy thing...and it has a dartboard...and lots of CDs.’

If you weren’t a writer what would you be?
‘A painter. I do a lot of painting and I love it. I also have another side to me that would love to be a designer and builder of houses.’

What is your favourite food and least favourite food?
‘I love really simple and traditional Chinese and Japanese food. A big family Yum-Cha is heaven to me. Indian food does nothing for me.’

Books by Terry Denton

Wombat and Fox: The Whole Story

Published: December 2017

Warm and wonderful illustrated stories for beginner readers from one of Australia's most popular kid's book creators. This collection brings together all the stories of Wombat and Fox and their hilarious adventures in the city.

Boomerang and Bat

Published: May 2016

The first Australian cricket team to tour England was a group of Aboriginal stockmen. This is their story.

The Talkative Tombstone: The Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlomagno (and Alberta) Bk 6

Published: November 2014

Perplexing puzzles, mind-boggling mazes and cracking codes feature in this series of stories about a pair of guinea-pig detectives -- Coco Carlomagno, the easily startled Chief of Police, and his more sensible cousin, Alberta.

The Quivering Quavers: The Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlomagno (and Alberta) Bk 5

Published: August 2014

Perplexing puzzles, mind-boggling mazes and cracking codes feature in this series of stories about a pair of guinea-pig detectives -- Coco Carlomagno, the easily startled Chief of Police, and his more sensible cousin, Alberta.

The Dismal Daffodil: The Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlomagno (and Alberta) Bk 4

Published: May 2014

Perplexing puzzles, mind-boggling mazes and cracking codes feature in this series of stories about a pair of guinea-pig detectives - Coco Carlomagno, the easily-startled Chief of Police, and his more sensible cousin, Alberta.

The Missing Mongoose: The Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlomagno (and Alberta) Bk 3

Published: July 2013

The third delightfully funny detective story and puzzle book for 6 to 8 year olds from a bestselling duo.

The Looming Lamplight: The Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlomagno (and Alberta) Bk 2

Published: June 2013

Perplexing puzzles, mind-boggling mazes and cracking codes feature in this series of stories about a pair of guinea-pig detectives - Coco Carlomagno, the easily-startled Chief of Police, and his more sensible cousin, Alberta.

The Perplexing Pineapple: The Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlomagno (and Alberta) Bk 1

Published: May 2013

Perplexing puzzles, mind-boggling mazes and cracking codes feature in this series of stories about a pair of guinea-pig detectives - Coco Carlomagno, the easily-startled Chief of Police, and his more sensible cousin, Alberta.

Jandamarra

Published: March 2013

The epic and tragic story of Jandamarra, Indigenous hero of the Kimberley told through text and illustrations. A story for all Australians, providing a unique insight into an extraordinary man and a powerful slice of history.

Wombat and Fox: Thrillseekers

Published: January 2009

Best friends Wombat + Fox are back in a third book, and this time they have a list of WILD and DANGEROUS deeds. What can possibly go wrong? Jam-packed with action, adventure, illustrations and humour, these stories from master of comedy Terry Denton are great for beginner readers.

Wombat and Fox: Summer in the City

Published: August 2007

Hilarious illustrated stories for beginner readers and lovers of comedy. Andy Griffiths (mega-bestselling author of the Just series, illustrated by Terry Denton) says: 'There's only one thing better than a summer holiday and that's spending a summer holiday with Wombat and Fox. This book's got everything . Wombat and Fox rocks!'

Wombat and Fox: Tales of the City

Published: May 2006

These illustrated stories about best friends Fox and Wombat are jam-packed with action, adventure and humour and are perfect for beginner readers.

It's True! Pigs Do Fly (5)

Published: May 2004

Everything you wanted to know about flight, this is the fifth book in the non-fiction series, It's True!

Storymaze 5: The Minotaur's Maze

Published: August 2003

The fifth book in the hilarious Storymaze comic adventure series. During a visit to a health farm on the planet Knossus, Claudia falls in love with the fearsome Minotaur. Enlisting the help of her friends Nico and Mikey, she attempts to free the Minotaur from his prison at the very centre of an impenetrable maze.

Storymaze 6: The Obelisk of Eeeno

Published: August 2003

Like the mythical Tantalus, Nico is always just one good wave away from winning the world surfing championship he so desires. Nico and his friends travel to a competition on far-off Planet Eeeno where he finally surfs himself into an unbeatable position only to be thwarted by the sudden appearance of the Obelisk of Eeeno. The visual and verbal jokes in this high-energy, mad fantasy quest appeal to

Storymaze 3: The Wooden Cow

Published: September 2002

The third book in Terry Denton's crazy Storymaze series is as hilarious as its predecessors. This time our Ithacan heroes use Ancient Greek mythology to help Ulysses win the heart of the Queen of Friesia.

Storymaze 4: The Golden Udder

Published: September 2002

In the fourth book of the hilarious Storymaze series, our Ithacan heroes find themselves in trouble for stealing the Queen of Friesia's Golden Udder, and it's up to you, the reader, to steer them through the Storymaze to safety!

Astrid Spark, Fixologist

Published: July 2002

An electro-dynamic adventure about Astrid Spark, the girl who can fix anything with her incredible magnetic fingers!

Echidna Mania

Published: September 2001

Another close encounter of the third (fourth and fifth) kind from one of Australia's zaniest children's authors.

Storymaze 2: The Eye of Ulam

Published: August 2001

Storymaze 2 - the comic extravaganza full of LAUGHS, no SEX and of course absolutely no BLOOD!

Storymaze 1: The Ultimate Wave

Published: August 2001

From the funniest man in the Southern Hemisphere comes a comic-novel blockbuster - the ultimate adventure in space and time!

Koala Fever

Published: November 2000

Another madcap romp through astronomy, zoology and environmental awareness from Justin D'Ath.

Storymaze: The Ultimate Wave

Published: March 2000

The first title in the Storymaze series, The Ultimate Wave is a kind of visual 'Choose Your Own Adventure', told in comic-strip style.

The Paw in Destination: Brazil

Published: December 1996

The Paw is back - in another larger-than-life adventure!;Leonie, alias The Paw, schoolgirl by day, cat-burglar by night, battles it out in the jungles of Brazil.;Great reading for 5 - 10 year olds.

The Paw

Published: November 1994

By day, Leonie is a schoolgirl. At night she put on her cat costume and prowled the alleyways. Nothing was safe when Leonie was about.;Cat-burgling adventures for readers aged 5 - 10 years.

The Paw

Published: July 1993

By day, Leonie is a schoolgirl. At night she put on her cat costume and prowled the alleyways. Nothing was safe when Leonie was about.;Cat-burgling adventures for readers aged 5 - 10 years.

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