Anna Fienberg

Anna Fienberg grew up in a house filled with books. Her mother was a teacher librarian who relished stories as much as chocolates. 'On Sunday mornings we'd all lie in bed with our books, lost in magical wardrobes, witches’ spells, genies’ magic... What we were going to read next was just as important in our family as what was for lunch!' says Anna.

Anna started writing stories when she was eight, but never imagined being an author. She studied psychology, fascinated by the dark world of dreams. She gave up counselling after an unfortunate incident with an enraged man and a chair (he missed!), began writing and scored the best job in the world. 'Working for School Magazine was a treat,' Anna says. 'I couldn't believe you could get paid for sitting back comfortably in your chair, cappuccino in hand, reading over a thousand books a year. Heaven!' Of course, as an editor she also had to write reviews and articles, stories and plays. One of those stories for School Magazine later became her first book.

'Tashi began as a conversation with my mother. She was telling me how, when she was a child, she used to tell whoppers. Creative fibs. Tall stories. And the kids would crowd around, dying to hear the latest tale. We began talking about a character like her - a character who told fantastic stories - and over many cups of tea we cooked up Tashi’ - Anna Fienberg.

What was your favourite book as a child?
‘My favourite books as a child were the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe contained the best idea, I thought, anyone could ever come up with. Imagine, opening up a wardrobe door and instead of finding shoes and shelves of jumpers, stepping out into a snowy land. To me, it was like all books expressed in this one idea – the magical delight of opening a first page, and being transported beyond the ordinary, into the extraordinary.’

What are the best and worst things about being a writer?
‘The best thing about being a writer is that you can sit around in your pyjamas all day and talk to yourself – and not feel guilty because it’s your job! You can be alone with your imagination and your lantern, embarking on secret and dangerous journeys, and be back in time to pick up the children and make the dinner. The worst things are that no one is telling you to sit down at the computer, you have to tell yourself to work but sometimes, if you’re stuck, or a character is being rebellious and sulking, you drift off and clean the kitchen floor and you don’t write enough.’

Where do you do your writing?
‘I write at home, in my bedroom. I have a small desk and a computer near my bed, so I just have to drift across a couple of steps and I’m at work (in my pyjamas). I do carry a notebook though and, if I get a good idea, I jot it down. Often, listening to the radio in the car I hear something interesting and pull over for a minute. If I haven’t got a notebook I write on my shopping list. It might go something like this: dozen eggs, 2 cucumbers, carrots, mutton birds migrate from Australia toward Japan and Siberia every year...’

What makes you laugh?
‘I love laughing. My son makes me laugh, he is a wonderful mimic. Lots of things make me laugh – watching people at the lights in their cars when they think no one is looking, my huge slobbery dog Fig who means well but is incredibly clumsy, my father’s dreadful puns, funny books, Kim Gamble’s accounts of his eccentric but hilarious childhood...’

Books by Anna Fienberg

The Complete Adventures of Figaro and Rumba

Published: January 2017

From the creator of Tashi - meet the irrepressible dog Figaro and his cat-friend Rumba, who find themselves in big adventures that are fabulous fun for chapter book readers. With pictures in full-colour by award- winning illustrator Stephen Michael King.

Tashi and the Wicked Magician

Published: June 2016

Come with Tashi and his friend Jack on four fabulous adventures of mystery and magic. In this collection, Tashi tells tales of courage and daring, and each story features a beautiful colour illustration.

Wicked's Way

Published: March 2016

Anna Fienberg's fabulous new high-seas pirate adventure, with scoundrels and blaggards, devilish treachery, and pirates who long for a bit of comfort - great reading for 8 to 12 year olds from the world of Horrendo's Curse.

Tashi and the Big Scoop

Published: September 2015

Tashi and Jack want to start a newspaper but Tiki Pu always seems to get the scoop in this all-new novelisation of an original episode from the popular animated series 'Tashi', screening on ABC3, based on Anna and Barbara Fienberg's classic character.

Tashi and the Magic Carpet

Published: September 2015

Tashi and Jack get a surprise when they are given an old carpet that really does have magical powers in this original Tashi story from the popular animated series 'Tashi', screening on ABC3, based on Anna and Barbara Fienberg's classic character.

Tashi and the Giant Squid

Published: August 2015

Jack and Tashi have to solve the mystery of the missing trophy and Tiki Pu's spittoon in this all-new novelisation of an original episode from the popular animated series 'Tashi', screening on ABC3, based on Anna and Barbara Fienberg's classic character.

Tashi and the Golden Jawbone

Published: August 2015

Tashi, Lotus Blossom and Jack enter a storytelling competition in this all-new novelisation of an original episode from the popular animated series 'Tashi', screening on ABC3, and based on Anna and Barbara Fienberg's classic character.

Once Tashi Met a Dragon

Published: July 2015

In this fabulous full-colour picture book, Tashi rides on a white tiger to the top of the mountain to see why the dragon is not sending the rains to his village.

Tashi: 20th Anniversary Edition

Published: June 2015

Tashi's adventures have been loved by children all over the world for twenty years! This special hardback edition of the original Tashi book celebrates Tashi's anniversary, and includes a new story about Tashi's first birthday, 'Tashi and the Silver Cup'.

Minton Goes!

Published: January 2015

One big book with all the Minton Goes! adventures, plus the story of Minton and the Hottest Boy who ever lived. Minton the spotty salamander loves things that move - and he finds just what he needs to make them. He's always keen for adventure, but his friend Turtle always worries that it will end in disaster. A fabulous story collection from the creators of Tashi.

Tashi and the Wicked Magician

Published: November 2014

Come with Tashi and his friend Jack on four fabulous adventures of mystery and magic. In this classic storybook, Tashi tells tales of courage and daring, and each story features a beautiful colour illustration.

Tashi 16 book gift box (Flip top box)

Published: May 2014

The Tashi Collection of sixteen books in a gorgeous boxed set. There are two stories in each book - that makes thirty-two fabulous Tashi adventures! Tashi is a brave as he's clever, and he tells the best stories ever.

Figaro and Rumba and the Crocodile Cafe

Published: January 2014

In this young chapter book by much-loved and acclaimed creators Anna Fienberg and Stephen Michael King, the irrepressible Figaro and his cat-friend Rumba get caught up in cat-napping adventure when they ride the Very Fast Train.

Once Tashi Met a Dragon

Published: November 2013

In this fabulous full-colour picture book, Tashi rides on a white tiger to the top of the mountain to see why the dragon is not sending the rains to his village.

Figaro and Rumba and the Cool Cats

Published: October 2013

Another exciting adventure starring the irrepressible Figaro and his cat-friend Rumba, and the Cool Cats from the cafe - an entertaining picture book in five chapters by Anna Fienberg and Stephen Michael King.

Horrendo's Curse

Published: August 2013

A rib-tickling, larger-than-life pirate adventure for 7 to 11 year olds, in an enjoyable easy-to-read comic book form. Adapted from the acclaimed novel.

The Tashi Collection (slipcase)

Published: November 2012

The Complete Collection of the sixteen Tashi books in a gorgeous slipcase edition. There are two stories in each book - that makes thirty-two fabulous Tashi adventures! Tashi is a brave as he's clever, and he tells the best stories ever. This is a lovely gift and a must for every Tashi fan.

Figaro and Rumba and the Crocodile Cafe

Published: October 2012

A picture book in six chapters by much-loved and acclaimed picture-book creators Anna Fienberg and Stephen Michael King. The irrepressible Figaro and his cat-friend Rumba get caught up in cat-napping adventure when they ride the Very Fast Train.

Louis Beside Himself

Published: August 2012

When a burglar jumps through the kitchen window one night, Louis knows he should get him in a wrestling-hold while he has the advantage, but his heart is hammering and his legs feel like wobbly air. A larger-than-life story from Anna Fienberg, author of the classic Tashi series and Horrendo's Curse.

Great Big Enormous Book of Tashi

Published: October 2010

Tashi's too cunning for the war lord and the wicked baron, and far too clever for giants, ghosts and demons. And Tashi tells the best stories ever! When he comes face to face with sneaky strangers, ancient warriors, fearless kidnappers or even a haunted house.Tashi always knows what to do: stay calm, think hard and move fast!

Madeline the Mermaid

Published: June 2010

Some people tell stories about mermaids and their wild, wicked ways, but Madeline is the friendliest mermaid you could ever meet. The creator of Tashi, Anna Fienberg, invites you into the magical world of Madeline the Mermaid, and her merdog, Byron, and mercat, Bella.

Amazing Tashi Activity Book

Published: October 2009

An amazing full-colour activity book about everyone's favourite adventuring hero Tashi! Play the board game, make a dragon, a boat, a pop-up tiger card and a diorama. Do puzzles, a maze, learn how to draw Tashi and then read a brand new Tashi adventure story. The perfect gift for 5-8 year olds.

Tashi and the Golem

Published: September 2009

The sixteenth book of Tashi's adventures, in which Tashi and his friends use clay and magic to make a golem who will stand up to the bully boy, Bang Bang. But will their big golem obey them? And can they rescue Ah Chu's baby sister from the River Pirate before the pirates sail away?

The Hottest Boy who ever lived

Published: March 2009

The first time Minton saw him, Hector was shooting right out of a volcano! Hector is so very hot that only Minton can be near him, so how will he ever find more friends? This extraordinary tale for young children is from the creators of the Tashi books and the Minton Goes! series. Full colour illustrations throughout.

Tashi and the Phoenix

Published: July 2008

In the 15th book of Tashi's magical adventures, Tashi outwits the Warlord, with the help of a dazzling Phoenix, in order to get his Uncle Tiki Pu out of terrible trouble. And then he persuades the Emperor to let Princess Sarashina's sister marry her true love.

Minton Goes! Driving & Trucking

Published: February 2008

Minton the spotty salamander loves things that move, and he's always ready for adventure, but Turtle worries that it will end in disaster. From the creators of Tashi, here are two satisfying stories in one book, for beginner readers aged 4-6. Includes a guide to making your own model car and truck.

Minton Goes! Sailing & Flying

Published: February 2008

Minton the spotty salamander loves things that move, and he's always ready for adventure, but Turtle worries that it will end in disaster. From the creators of Tashi, here are two satisfying stories in one book, for beginner readers aged 4-6. Includes a guide to making your own model boat and plane.

Minton Goes! Underwater & Home At Last

Published: February 2008

Minton the spotty salamander loves things that move, and he's always ready for adventure, but Turtle worries that it will end in disaster. From the creators of Tashi, here are two satisfying stories in one book, for beginner readers aged 4-6. Includes a guide to making your own model submarine and hot air balloon.

Tashi and the Mixed-up Monster

Published: July 2007

In the fourteenth book about the ever-popular Tashi, a fire-breathing monster breaks out of Wise-as-an-Owl's workshop and threatens them all, and when Tashi is accused of killing the carp in Soh Meen's pond, he uses a Truth Potion to find the real culprit.

The 2nd Big Big Book of Tashi

Published: November 2006

Another five fabulous Tashi books all together in one big, fat volume. Ten terrific Tashi stories!

There once was a boy called Tashi

Published: October 2006

The paperback edition of a spectacular, full-colour picture book that makes a perfect introduction to the magical world of Tashi. When Gloomin the ogre tramples into the village, Tashi must find what he's looking for, or else the village will have years of the Gloomin winter.

Tashi and the Stolen Bus

Published: July 2006

In the thirteenth book in the Tashi series, Tashi has to get behind the wheel to outsmart the demons and solve the mystery of a thief in the night.

Tashi and the Haunted House

Published: July 2006

The ninth book in the Tashi series of daring adventures and tall tales about magic, courage and the triumph of brains over brawn. Created by the much loved, multi-award winning author/illustrator team of Anna and Barbara Fienberg and Kim Gamble.

Tashi Lost in the City

Published: July 2006

The eleventh book in the Tashi series of daring adventures and tall tales about magic, courage and the triumph of brains over brawn. Created by the much loved, multi-award winning author/illustrator team of Anna and Barbara Fienberg and Kim Gamble.

Tashi and the Forbidden Room

Published: July 2006

The twelfth book in the Tashi series of daring adventures and tall tales about magic, courage and the triumph of brains over brawn. Created by the much loved, multi-award winning author/illustrator team of Anna and Barbara Fienberg and Kim Gamble.

Tashi

Published: July 2006

The first book in the Tashi series of daring adventures and tall tales about magic, courage and the triumph of brains over brawn. Created by the much loved, multi-award winning author/illustrator team of Anna and Barbara Fienberg and Kim Gamble.

Tashi and the Giants

Published: July 2006

The second book in the Tashi series of daring adventures and tall tales about magic, courage and the triumph of brains over brawn. Created by the much loved, multi-award winning author/illustrator team of Anna and Barbara Fienberg and Kim Gamble.

Tashi and the Ghosts

Published: July 2006

The third book in the Tashi series of daring adventures and tall tales about magic, courage and the triumph of brains over brawn. Created by the much loved, multi-award winning author/illustrator team of Anna and Barbara Fienberg and Kim Gamble.

Tashi and the Genie

Published: July 2006

The fourth book in the Tashi series of daring adventures and tall tales about magic, courage and the triumph of brains over brawn. Created by the much loved, multi-award winning author/illustrator team of Anna and Barbara Fienberg and Kim Gamble.

Tashi and the Baba Yaga

Published: July 2006

The fifth book in the Tashi series of daring adventures and tall tales about magic, courage and the triumph of brains over brawn. Created by the much loved, multi-award winning author/illustrator team of Anna and Barbara Fienberg and Kim Gamble.

Tashi and the Demons

Published: July 2006

The sixth book in the Tashi series of daring adventures and tall tales about magic, courage and the triumph of brains over brawn. Created by the much loved, multi-award winning author/illustrator team of Anna and Barbara Fienberg and Kim Gamble.

Tashi and the Big Stinker

Published: July 2006

The seventh book in the Tashi series of daring adventures and tall tales about magic, courage and the triumph of brains over brawn. Created by the much loved, multi-award winning author/illustrator team of Anna and Barbara Fienberg and Kim Gamble.

Tashi and the Dancing shoes

Published: July 2006

The eighth book in the Tashi series of daring adventures and tall tales about magic, courage and the triumph of brains over brawn. Created by the much loved, multi-award winning author/illustrator team of Anna and Barbara Fienberg and Kim Gamble.

Tashi and the Royal Tomb

Published: July 2006

The tenth book in the Tashi series of daring adventures and tall tales about magic, courage and the triumph of brains over brawn. Created by the much loved, multi-award winning author/illustrator team of Anna and Barbara Fienberg and Kim Gamble.

There once was a boy called Tashi

Published: November 2004

A spectacular full-colour picture book that takes you into the magical world of Tashi. When Gloomin the ogre tramples into the village, Tashi must find what he's looking for, or else the village will have years of the Gloomin winter.

Joseph

Published: November 2003

A vibrant rendition of the story of Joseph, who believed in his dreams and trusted his destiny - brought to life with Kim Gamble's superb illustrations and the fresh voice of Anna Fienberg.;

Horrendo's Curse

Published: April 2002

A rib-tickling, larger-than-life pirate adventure for 7 to 11 year olds, with plenty of colourful cursing, fighting and eating.

The Big Big Big Book of Tashi

Published: November 2001

The first seven Tashi books all together in one big, fat volume. Fourteen fabulous Tashi stories!;

Joseph

Published: September 2001

A vibrant rendition of the story of Joseph, who believed in his dreams and trusted his destiny - brought to life with Kim Gamble's superb illustrations and the fresh voice of Anna Fienberg.;

The Witch in the Lake

Published: January 2001

Leo is only a young wizard, but he is determined to confront the witch who lives in the lake and free his village from the spell of fear.

Power to Burn

Published: May 2000

Anna Fienberg tells the extraordinary story of a boy's self-discovery in her own unique style of magical realism.

Ariel, Zed and the Secret of Life

Published: May 2000

An exuberantly imaginative fantasy from Anna Fienberg about two reluctant friends who travel to the Island - a magical, mysterious place where they discover that fresh possibilities spring from dangerous adventures.

The Hottest Boy Who Ever Lived

Published: July 1999

This is a reprint of the paperback edition with a new cover image. The new cover features Hector, the boy who emerged from a volcano, and Minton the salamander. On the back you will find Turtle, the co-star of the Minton books.

Borrowed Light

Published: April 1999

An intensely honest book, brimming with ideas and emotion. How do you make the most difficult decision in life when your family, friends and lover are more distant than the nearest galaxy?

The Magnificent Nose and Other Marvels

Published: January 1998

A charming collection of stories about the adventures of five different children by the much-loved creators of Tashi.

Madeline the Mermaid and other fishy tales

Published: January 1998

Four fabulous, fishy tales told with with the magical quality of folk tales of old. This B-format paperback edition will suit independent readers aged 6-10 years.

Dead Sailors Don't Bite

Published: September 1996

Crazy pirate entertainment as the sequel to Pirate Trouble for Wiggy and Boa.

Pirate Trouble for Wiggy and Boa

Published: September 1996

First published as Wiggy and Boa, now reissued with a new cover design, and a sequel of crazy pirate entertainment, Dead Sailors Don't Bit.

Madeline the Mermaid and other fishy tales

Published: November 1995

Four delightful fishy tales about Madeline the Mermaid. For children from 6-10 years.

Wiggy and Boa

Published: March 1994

The Hottest Boy Who Ever Lived

Published: July 1993

Another extraordinary tale from Anna Fienberg and Kim Gamble.

Ariel, Zed and the Secret of Life

Published: July 1992

Ariel and Zed discover they can write their own script for life when they visit The Island, peopled by rebellious book characters who refuse to behave according to type.

The Magnificent Nose

Published: July 1991

Five marvellous stories about some very resourceful children and their adventures in the wide world, by an author with a rare talent for fantasy and humour, illustrated with charm and loving detail. Perfect for reading aloud to young children, or for older children to read by themselves.

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