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Illustrated by Ruth de Vos and written by Danny Parker


Shine is a love song between a parent and a child, celebrating the beauty and joy of everyday family life, through mess and chaos and daily routines. This is a story that seeks to find the beauty in ordinary things: the wonder of a lazy afternoon, the joy of being together. It is an attempt to put words to that spark of connection that we have with each other.


'If you’re looking for a picture book stunner to share with your little ones, or a loving gift for a newborn or child in your life, I highly recommend Shine. It will warm your heart and is sure to become a family favourite.' Kids' Book Review

'The frenzy of such a household, where dirty dishes and piles of washing are secondary, is beautifully realised in both word and image as the family and its interaction is held to be most important.' ReadPlus

'This big book offers the reader a bouncy rhyming couplet across each double-page in a text that’s splashed across wildly chaotic, happy, messy, jangling scenes of a family life where there are three young children and two madly busy adults in love with them.' Reading Time

'Shine is a book for children about childhood, about family, about community and the importance of hunting the good stuff.' Sunshine Coast News

'A beautiful homage to family love, Shine is sure to become a family favourite.' Magpies

'Infused with love and humour this is a beautiful book which deserves a home in every family.' Writing WA

'There are plenty of new words to learn, new ideas to grasp, and splendid pictures to enjoy in this book which is ideal for sharing.' Story Links

ISBN 9781760990213 (Hardback)
Formats Picture Book (245 x 245mm) (Hardback)
Categories Children's Books 2021
Children's Picture Books
New Releases
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2021
Pages 32
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    Ruth de Vos

    Ruth de Vos’s illustration work has grown out of a career as an internationally recognised textile artist. Ruth combines traditional (pencil, gouache, collage, screen-printing) and digital techniques to create fun scenes and worlds. Ruth’s passion lies in illustrating children’s books. As a mother of six young children, she is an avid and critical consumer of children’s literature, and she also has a ready source of drawing inspiration right in her home. Read more

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    Danny Parker

    Danny Parker has been an actor, a nurse, an undertaker and a drama teacher. The youngest of six children, Danny grew up with a family competing for airtime at the dinner table. His memories of the stories told and the laughter ringing out as one sibling or another held court surely influenced his own desire to create narrative. Danny writes about joy and challenge, about creativity and curiosity, and always – not very far from the surface he writes about love. Read more