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There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake Paperback – Picture Book, 31 January 2005

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Hazel Edwards (Author)
Hazel Edwards, O.A.M., is an award-winning author of books for children and adults. Her beloved picture book series 'There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake' has been hugely popular for almost forty years, inspiring a musical stage production and a short movie. Hippo gets lots of fan mail.
Awarded the Australian Society of Authors' Medal in 2009, Hazel has been nominated three times for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Deborah Niland (Illustrator)
Deborah Niland has been drawing and painting all her life. She has painted for art exhibitions and galleries, and illustrated for newspapers and magazines. Most of all, she has built a successful career illustrating children's books.

Some well-known and popular titles include
Mulga Bill's Bicycle, When The Wind Changed and There's a Hippopotamus On Our Roof Eating Cake and Chatterbox.

Deborah now enjoys writing and illustrating her own stories. She has had great success with
Annie's Chair. This picture book, first published in 2005, has won many awards, including the 2006 Children's Book of the Year- Early Childhood, and several Children's Choice awards. Annie to the Rescue, a follow-up tale of the intrepid little girl, was published in 2007.

Now that her own children have grown up, Deborah has enjoyed spending time widening her knowledge of different illustration techniques, both traditional and digital. Other interests include doodling, fine art painting, photography, and playing with the grandchildren.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Picture Puffin; 1st edition (31 January 2005)
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0143501364
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0143501367
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 - 5 years
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 21.2 x 0.3 x 25.4 cm
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Hazel Edwards OAM ( has always been keen on books and ideas. Her anecdotal memoir 'Not Just a Piece of Cake;Being an Author' is about being a longterm author with a family and taking cultural or physical risks such as being an Antarctic expeditioner. Her over 200 books, have been translated into ten languages. ( not every book in every language!) and adapted for screen.

'Difficult Personalities', co-written with Dr Helen Mc Grath (Penguin) has been reprinted with Polish, Russian Chinese,Vietnamese, Korean, American and Canadian audio translations available. Her controversial co-written YA novel about transitioning gender 'f2m;the boy within' has inspired a (W.I.P.) comic graphic novel 'The Boy Within' with transguys Ryan Kennedy and Sam Orchard.

Best known for 'There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake' picture book series , illustrated by Deborah Niland celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2020, and toured nationally as a Garry Ginnivin musical. Hazel writes across media, for adults & children. Hazel runs Non Boring Writing and 'Complete Your Book in a Year' workshops for genealogists.

'Hijabi Girl' (Making Friends' and 'What It Takes' book series ( published by Ali-Gator) co-written with Muslim librarian Ozge Alkan and illustrated by Serena Geddes is premiering as a Larrikin Puppets' musical in Brisbane's Children's Book Week in 2022, based on the 8 year old Melek who starts a girls' footy team with her Australian mates.

'Celebrant Sleuth: I Do or Die' is first in an adult mystery series with Quinn, a celebrant of diverse gender who performs wedding and funerals but who also solves mysteries.The sequel 'Wed Then Dead on The Ghan', an Agatha Christie role-play was commissioned for adaptation for screen by the ABC. includes FAQs, book notes, bios, bibliography and events. Plus hints for aspiring writers.

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