Quenda Books

The Scoot, Scoot Bandicoot Book Series

About the author

Karen Treanor has been writing about animals since the age of six, when she first made the acquaintance of a chipmunk in her back yard in New England. While working in Southern Africa, she wrote several reading books based on local folk tales for the Ministry of Education in Swaziland, and a number of radio scripts for the English Language program of the Ministry of Education in Lesotho.

Since settling in Western Australia and meeting the original Bounce and Pounce bandicoots in her own backyard, Karen has been dedicated to improving public awareness of these charming little native animals of Australia, which often suffer for their superficial resemblance to rats. She thinks bandicoots would have been a more appropriate State Animal for Western Australia than numbats, "who got the job because of their flashy suits". She started Quenda Books, which publishes the "Scoot, Scoot, Bandicoot®" series for children, in 2003.

Karen’s crusade to make people more aware of bandicoots continues, as she visits libraries and schools and gives talks to children about these endearing little creatures, and also tells about the trials and tribulations of being a small publisher.

She has given presentations at many Western Australian schools and libraries and to adult organisations such as Rotary and local seniors' groups. Anyone wanting Karen to give a talk to children or adults should email her at Quenda Books.

Karen writes books for older readers, including The Angelus Ghost, Death in the Sea of Grass, A Tree in Mundaring, and the 'malice domestic' series featuring amateur sleuth Geneva Bradford, Bitter Bones and Long Bones and Blessed Bones. Several of the books are available from www.fidopublishing.com in electronic formats.

About the Illustrators

Katie Stewart has combined a love of drawing with her love of animals to gain a reputation as a painter of pet portraits and wildlife. She has illustrated a number of school textbooks and a cookery book, as well as children's books both in Australia and overseas. She illustrated the second, third and fourth books in the Scoot, Scoot Bandicoot® series.

bandicoot cat These days, Katie works as a freelance book cover designer and illustrator and spends a lot of her spare time writing fantasy for all ages. She has e-published four books, 'Treespeaker' (for adults) and its sequel, ‘Song of the Jikhoshi’, 'Mark of the Dragon Queen' (YA) and 'The Dragon Box (for children 8 - 12 years). More information about these books can be found on Katie's website.

Otherwise she is kept busy with her family and an assortment of animals on their farm, north of Northam.

Email: --- nenabrookart@yahoo.com.au
Website: --- www.katiewstewart.com 
Facebook: --- www.facebook.com/Treespeaker

Mary Woodward is widely known around Western Australia as the 'Frog Lady'. In the winter months she shares her love of frogs with many family and school groups, leading classes in search of her favourite animal in the local wetlands.

Pobblebonk Paper combines Mary's artwork and photographs on beautiful paper, handmade from recycled junk mail, flowers, leaves and feathers. Her popular wildlife watercolour prints and cards feature Australian birds, reptiles, mammals and frogs. "Scoot, Scoot Bandicoot" was her first foray into children's book illustrating.

Pobblebonk Paper E-mail: pobblebonk@iinet.net.au;

Louise Fowler-Tuttgrew up in the hills of Perth, WA. She is an Illustration Lecturer for the Design Department at Curtin University and works from her studio on freelancing projects. She has always enjoyed illustrating for children, and illustrated Where's Our Dad?, the 5th book in the Scoot, Scoot, Bandicoot© series. Email: louise.fowler-tutt@live.com

Kelly Iveson is a Perth based artist specializing in portraits. She started drawing at the age of four. She works in the public sector as a cartographer, but in her spare time draws and paints realistic human portraits and murals, travels, and plays beach volleyball. Sleepy Harley was her first children's book. Kelly has also illustrated Animalimericks, a collection of animal poems by Nancy Sibtain for Quenda Books. Kelly’s email is Kelly.Iveson@hotmail.com

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Tasmania 7163
Phone (613) 6292 1585