The Midnight Gang
Omnibus Books, 2004 - Fantasy - 32 pages
At midnight, baby Brenda climbs out of her cot, creeps out of the house and joins all the other babies for a wild adventure in the park. As soon as the sun comes up, they toddle home to bed and no-one ever knows what they've been up to ... least of all their families.
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Margaret Wild was born in South Africa and moved to Australia in 1972. She has been a journalist on newspapers and magazines, and worked as a book editor in children's publishing for sixteen years. She eventually quit to write fulltime. Wild has written more than 40 books for children. Some titles include The House of Narcissus, Jenny Angel, Tom Goes to Kindergarten, Nighty Night!, The Pocket Dogs and The Very Best of Friends. Her books are published around the world and have won numerous awards, including the Young Australian Best Book Award (YABBA) - Picture Book Shortlisted in 2001 for Jenny Angel; the New South Wales State Literary Award - Young Reader Shortlisted in 2000 for Jenny Angel; the CBC Book of the Year - Picture Book Winner in 2000 for Jenny Angel; the Young Australian Best Book Award (YABBA) - Picture Book listed in 2000 for Miss Lily's Fabulous Pink Feather Boa; the Australian Publishers Association - Design Shortlisted in 1999 for Jenny Angel; the Family Award for Children's Books - Picture Book shortlisted in 1999 for Jenny Angel; the Young Australian Best Book Award (YABBA) - Picture Book Shortlisted in 1999 for Miss Lily's Fabulous Pink Feather Boa; and the CBC Book of the Year - Picture Book Shortlisted in 1985 for There's a Sea in My Bedroom. In 2015 she had an Honour Book at the 2015 Children's Book Council (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards with her title, The Stone Lion.
Illustrator, Ann James was born in Melbourn, Australia in 1952. The first book she illustrated was A Pet for Mrs. Arbuckle by Gwenda Smyth. Since then she has illustrated over forty books including the Penny Pollard series. Her work has won her several awards. Bernice Knows Best by Max Dann and Hannah Plus One by Libby Gleeson, won the CBC Junior Book of the Year Award, and The Midnight Gang, by Margaret Wild, was an Honour Book in the Picture Book of the Year, and won three Children's Choice awards in Australia. In 2002, James won the Dromkeen Medal which is awarded each year to an Australian citizen for work that 'makes a significant contribution to the appreciation and development of children's literature.' Ann has also written and illustrated two picture books, Finding Jack and One Day. She was an Art teacher at Doveton High School and Ringwood High School, 1974-77. The former art teacher and graphic designer formed Books Illustrated, a children's bookshop and gallery, with partner Ann Haddon in 1988. They were the recipients of the Pixie O'Harris Award for Distinguished Service to Australian Children's Literature in 2000. Ann James was also the Ministry of Education's Publication Branch, Victoria, Australia. She has received numerous awards over the years including the CBCA Picture Book award shortlist in 2004, for Shutting the Chooks In.