was born in Geelong, Australia. He began studying illustration and design at the Royal Melbourne Technical College (now RMIT University). Since 1970 he has written and illustrated well over one hundred books, and in1986 he was awarded the highest honor in the children's book world, the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, for his long term contribution to international children's literature. His books for minedition include The Dreamkeeper, If You Wish
, and The Ugly Duckling.