Truly Tan Series by Jen Storer

Client: ABC Books / Harper Collins Australia
2012 - present
Digital - colour cover, black and white internal illustrations

"Meet tan. She's funny. She's lively. She has the mind of a Great Detective ... Dear Diary It's official. Our whole family has moved to the country. the pets are disturbed and restless. My sisters are disturbed and restless - although that's normal. What is not normal is a cursed fox and a haunted clubhouse. that is definitely unnormal. At least the country people now have an expert in their midst. Someone with a cool head and a sharp eye. Someone who can solve intriguing mysteries and knows how to keep detailed Secret Spy Files. Really, it's lucky I came along when I did. truly tan Ages:8-12


Awards for Truly Tan

CBCA Book of the Year
Notable Book in 2014 for Truly Tan: Jinxed! (Younger Readers)

Davitt Awards
Winner in 2014 for Truly Tan: Spooked! (Best Children’s Novel)
Short-listed in 2014 for Truly Tan: Jinxed! (Best Children’s Novel)

Just the Way We Are

Client: ABC Books/Harper Collins Australia
Digital illustration

"Bestselling creators Jessica Shirvington and Claire Robertson combine in this important story that aims to reinforce the notion that each kind of family unit is unique and special.

With its bright and colourful text and pictures, each family can be easily identified as told from the perspective of the child. The characters and their message effectively command entire focus as represented by pastel-hued, digitally-drawn illustrations on white backgrounds.

Just the Way We Are comprises a beautiful spread of inter-generational and multicultural diversity within the home, supporting and encouraging our modern day society with its mixture of unique qualities and family dynamics. A vibrant and joyous book that will inspire young readers to understand and appreciate the ‘normality’ of their own and others’ families."

Reviewed by Romi Sharp
Reading Time - 
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Little Letters

Client: Klutz / Scholastic
Digital illustration

Page illustrations
Notecard & envelope illustrations
Postcard illustrations and design
Envelope templates
Sticker illustrations
Doorknob mailbox illustration

"Future party planners, pen pals and all purpose keep-in-touchers will love Little Letters, the most adorable kids' stationery set ever. It's everything kids need to make, write and deliver their very own cards, notes and invitations. The book itself is a charming introduction to letter writing, charmingly illustrated. But did we stop there? (Do we ever?) We also threw in three full pages of custom-designed stickers, an easy-to-make doorknob mailbox, a portfolio with bonus postcards and a plastic template that lets kids transform a plain old piece of paper into a personalized envelope."

Bright Sparks Titles

Client: Cambridge University Press
Digital - colour covers, colour internal illustrations

The Big Black Blob by Sue Whiting
What If? by Del Mendoza
The Water Festival by Margaret Case
The Walking Leaf by Julie Mitchell

Bright Sparks Literacy Project is a set of reading materials that provide staged opportunities for the progressive acquisition of literacy skills in the early years of schooling. Each title draws on a broad base of literacy skills, yet focuses on one or two skills, enabling teachers to appropriately select texts according to student's perceived need. Readers are exposed to a range of appropriate text types and language structures. Texts and activities have been developed around common themes explored in contemporary classrooms, allowing teachers to capitalise on the use of context when reading and writing.