Kim Gamble

Kim Gamble was born in Sydney. He moved around, trained as a teacher and worked in a variety of occupations before beginning, at the age of thirty-six, to illustrate stories for children. His first assignment was for the School Magazine, and he continued illustrating stories for the magazine for many years. It was there he met Anna Fienberg, with whom he has since produced more than twenty books, including The Magnificent Nose and Other Marvels, the Tashi series and Tashi picture books, the Minton series and a book close to his heart: Joseph. He worked with many authors and illustrated over seventy books in his career.

All his life Kim was interested in drawing, painting, reading, music, gardens, walking and making things. He described himself as fairly relaxed, loving, curious, grateful, a bit confused and often happy, especially when the pictures flowed, and he considered Odilon Redon and Marc Chagall to be truly 'great artists'. He barracked for the Newcastle Knights.

How did you become an illustrator?

‘I've always loved drawing, both for its own sake and to get things out of my system. As the youngest of four, whenever I was angry because I wasn't getting my own way, I'd go into my room, take a sheet of paper and a pencil, fill the sky with jet planes and draw soldiers all over the ground. Then I'd attack them - zzzooomm BLAT! BOOM! BLAT! - with long fast lines and lots of squiggles. After ten minutes, the ground was a mess of destruction and I'd feel much better. I also drew flowers, when I couldn’t contain my happiness.’

What was your favourite book as a child?
‘Tove Jansson’s Moominsummer Madness.’

If you weren’t an illustrator what would you be?
‘A struggling artist.’

Where do you like to work?
‘I work at a table under a window looking out onto the garden or the sea, with jars and bowls, and bits and pieces for drawing, water-colours, an easel, and another table for oil or acrylic painting, a phone, a CD player, a sofa for visitors to sit on, bookshelves, and flowers. They are big rooms, full of light.’

What are the best and worst things about being an illustrator?
‘Best: reading the stories, getting the ideas. Worst: when it’s time for the pictures to go to the printer, and I haven’t finished them.’

Of all the books you have illustrated, which is your favourite?
‘I have two daughters. Which one is my favourite? I don’t understand the question.’

Kim Gamble died in 2016. Children's literature specialist Judith Ridge called Kim ‘one of the greatest children's book illustrators this country has ever produced’.

Books by Kim Gamble

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

You Can Draw Anything

Published: December 2011

One of Australia's most popular picture-book illustrators shows you how you can draw anything you want to. Kim's stories, jokes and examples make his approach to drawing intriguing, effective and fun. Ideal for children aged 8 - 12 years.

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!

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.;

First Day

Published: September 1999

An endearing picture book about six young children on their first day at school - delightfully illustrated by Kim Gamble. A story book for parents to read with young children about to begin school, or for older children to read when they are remembering their first days at school.

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.

First Day

Published: September 1998

An endearing picture book about six young children on their first day at school - delightfully illustrated by Kim Gamble. A story book for parents to read with young children about to begin school, or for older children to read when they are remembering their first days at school.

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.

You Can Do Great Lettering

Published: February 1996

A Little Ark Activity Book. Kim Gamble provides a wealth of inspiring examples of how to play with lettering, and encourages kids to express themselves with words and pictures. Endless fun, and plenty of useful ideas for projects, cards, posters, signs. Ideal for children aged 8 - 12 years.

Ghost Train

Published: March 1995

An amazing inter-galactic adventure with a living, breathing train, space pirates, a revolutionary marmoset, a talking umbrella, and a rush of unexpected characters and events. Great reading for 9 - 14 year olds.

You Can Draw Anything

Published: September 1994

A Little Ark Activity Book. One of Australia's most popular picture-book illustrators shows you how you can draw anything you want to. Most how-to-draw books are simplistic or dry and academic; Kim's stories, jokes and examples makes his approach intriguing, effective and fun. Ideal for children aged 8 - 12 years.

Come the Terrible Tiger

Published: September 1994

'When the terrible tiger comes to my place, you'd better watch out! We make a terrible noise, we make a terrible mess, and then we're off into the blue.';A fantastic and glowing picture book for children aged 4 - 7 years.

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