Author(s): Rod Clement
Phoebe is small, grey, and ordinary - very ordinary. I want to get noticed! she declares. Zelda is glamorous, talented and famous - and she runs the most popular beauty salon in the forest. And she's only too happy to help Phoebe become the bird she's always wanted to be. First a little feather headdress, then wing extensions - until Phoebe is transformed into a Diva. She looks gorgeous - but when she tries to take off, surprises are in store for them both! Ages 3-8.
Humour prevails in Rod s books with wacky and exaggerated situations and illustrations, and his nature-lover's eye helps him portray the animal world with a precision and flair that makes images leap off the page. When he went to school, Rod s main ambition was to draw and to make people laugh. Living in Papua New Guinea for several years as a child gave Rod an intense awareness of nature and his initial work was in the realism mould. Rod soon decided that this was too restrictive and that he wanted to draw straight from the imagination. His acclaimed picture books include Counting on Frank, Just Another Ordinary Day and the bestselling Edward the Emu and Edwina the Emu, both written by Sheena Knowles. Grandad's Teeth has been shortlisted for the Children s Book Council 1998 Awards in the Picture Book category. Rod currently works for the Australian Financial Review drawing daily cartoons, some of which are collected in The Economic Rationalist's Guide to Sex. Rod lives in NSW with his wife and three daughters.