This stunning collection includes four of the best and favourite Bottersnikes and Gumbles stories chosen from the original beloved classics...Deep in the Australian bush live some very strange creatures. Bottersnikes make their homes in rubbish heaps. They have green wrinkly skin, cheese-grater ses and pointed ears that go red when they're angry - which is most of the time. Gumbles are happy little creatures who can be squashed into any shape without being hurt. They're clever and resourceful except when they go giggly. Then they're far too silly to do anything at all. This is handy for the Bottersnikes who, with cries of 'Got You', grab the Gumbles, squash them into tins and only take them out when there's work to be done. Can the Gumbles outwit the grouchy Bottersnikes and avoid being captured again?
Sydney Alexander (S. A.) Wakefield (1927-2009) received much recognition for his writing, and in 1991 Captain Deadlight's Treasure was shortlisted for the CBC awards. But he is best known for his Bottersnikes and Gumbles series of children's books, all of which were illustrated by Desmond Digby. Desmond Digby (1933-2015) was born in Auckland, and after studying at the Slade School of Art he moved to Australia and worked as a set and costume designer with Opera Australia, the Australian Ballet and the Elizabethan Trust Opera. He illustrated Waltzing Matilda by A. B. Paterson and also designed covers for Patrick White's novels. His paintings are held by most of Australia's major galleries.