Precious Little

Julie Hunt and Sue Moss, illustrated by Gaye Chapman
NZD $29.99

Luscious, richly detailed artwork provides the perfect backdrop for this beautifully written story of friendship, perseverance and the power of taking a chance.

'Take the Hope or the Dream or the Song or the Dance.

You might choose the Joke. You might take the Chance.

Take the Risk or the Scare or the Stunt or the Rip.

What prize will you pick from today's lucky dip?'


Precious Little wants to be a trapeze artist but no one in the circus encourages her - apart from Fat Chance and Tough Luck, who run the lucky dip. Precious Little practises her skills, but it's only when she takes a risk in the lucky dip that she really takes off. A heart-stirring story about the rewards of perseverance, friendship and taking a chance.

Author bio:

Julie Hunt and Sue Moss are great collaborators. Some of their projects include Brave Arts - the Art of Healthy Community, a CD for the Department of Health and Human Services, a public art commission for Sorell District School library, and poetry and images for the exhibition 'Will the Real Australia please stand up?'.

Julie Hunt is the author of the Little Else series and The Coat, which is being illustrated by Ron Brooks. Sue Moss is a poet, performer and reviewer. Precious Little is her first children's book. Both live in southern Tasmania.

Gaye Chapman is a fine artist who uses various techniques in her artwork. She used sepia ink line drawings, acrylic ink and collage to create the Precious Little's world. Gaye's picture book, Little Blue, was the winner of the Children's Book Award in the 2009 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards. She has illustrated other picture books including Kaito's Cloth by Glenda Millard, which was shortlisted in the 2007 Qld Premier's Awards and was selected in The 2007 White Ravens Outstanding International Books for Children.

Category: Picture books
ISBN: 9781741751475
Awards: Commended Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year, Picture Book 2011 AU; Short-listed Aurealis Awards, Children's Fiction 2010 AU
Publisher: A&U Children's
Imprint: A & U Children
Pub Date: September 2010
Page Extent: 32
Format: Hard Cover
Age: 4 - 8
Subject: Picture books