Bruce Whatley

Bruce Whatley is one of Australia’s best-loved and most-respected author / illustrators.

Bruce was born in South Australia, but as a child moved with his family to the UK. Here he studied visual communications and later worked in the advertising industry. He returned to Australia with his family in the 1980's, and later spent some years working in the US. Bruce now works in a NSW country town as a full time writer and illustrator.

His most recent books include the enormously successful and award-winning Diary of a Wombat, written by Jackie French, and its companion volume, The Secret World of Wombats, also illustrated by Bruce. The best selling team have also collaborated on Pete the Sheep, and most recently, Josephine Wants to Dance. Two of Bruce’s previous books, The Ugliest Dog in the World and Tails from Grandad’s Attic, were named as Notable Books by the Children’s Book Council of Australia in 1993 and 1996 respectively. Looking for Crabs was shortlisted by the Children’s Book Council in 1993 and Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase was named an Honour Book by the Children’s Book Council in 1998. Bruce has illustrated forty books to date, including a number that he has co-written with Rosie Smith.