Smith, Craig 1955–

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Smith, Craig 1955–

Personal

Born 1955, in Woodside, South Australia; son of business owners; married Lisa Young (an artist); children: Hannah, Huw. Education: Torrens College of Advanced Education, Diploma (graphic design), 1976. Hobbies and other interests: Gardening.

Addresses

Office—98 Collier Crescent, Brunswick W. 3055, Victoria, Australia. E-mail[email protected] illustration.com.

Career

Freelance illustrator, beginning 1976. Has worked variously as a rust scraper, animator, and nurse's aide. Lecturer at schools, including Elizabeth Community College, Elizabeth, South Australia, Australia, 1979; South Australian College of Advanced Education, Underdale, 1983–87; and Adelaide Central School of Art, Norwood, South Australia, 1994. Exhibitions: Work exhibited at galleries throughout Australia, including Noosa Regional Gallery, Queensland, New South Wales; Austra-lian Museum of Childhood, Sydney, New South Wales; Victorian Arts Centre, Victoria; LaTrobe Regional Gallery, Victoria; and State Library of Victoria; and in Prague, Czech Republic.

Awards, Honors

ABPA Book Design Awards commendation, 1979, for Black Dog; South Australia S10 Young Artist Award; Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year Award commendation, 1982, for Whistle up the Chimney; CBCA Book of the Year Award honor book, younger reader category, 1987, Kids Own Australian Literature Award (KOALA), secondary category, 1988, and Young Australian Best Book award (YABBA) in Fiction—younger reader category, 1987, all for Sister Madge's Book of Nuns; YABBA award, and COOL award, Australian Capital Territory, 1988, for The Cabbage Patch Fib; CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award Honor Book designation, 1993, for Where's Mum? and The Hiccups, 1994, for Doctor Frank's Monster, 1995, for Fly, Tea for Three, and I Can't Wait, 1996, for Musical Harriet and Ermyntrude Takes Charge, 1997, for That's Enough, Paul, 1998, for Tough Lester, I Want Earrings, and Sleeping In, 1995, for Bob the Builder and the Elves, Troy Thompson's Excellent Poetry Book, I Miss You, and The Cockroach Cup, 2000, for Winning Back Dad and The Worst Team Ever, 2001, for Troy Thomson's Radical Prose Folio and Fixing the Tiger, 2004, for On the Team, and 2005, for Just You Wait!; COOL award, KOALA award, and YABBA award, all 1997, all for Billy the Punk; CYBER award, 1999, COOL award, 2000, KOALA Top-Ten designation, 2002, and YABBA Hall of Fame inductee, 2004, all for Bob the Builder and the Elves; KOALA Hall of Fame inductee, 2003, for The Cabbage Patch Fib; KOALA award, 2005, for "Toocool" series.

Illustrator

FOR CHILDREN

Sally Farrell Odgers, The Room Upstairs, Hodder & Stoughton (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1978.

Hesba Brinsmead, High Dive, Hodder & Stougthon (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1978.

Christobel Mattingley, Black Dog, Collins (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1979.

Nan Hunt, Whistle up the Chimney, Collins (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1981.

Geoffrey Dutton, The Prowler, Collins (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1982.

Nan Hunt, An Eye Full of Soot and an Ear Full of Steam, Collins (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1983.

Eleanor Nilsson, Parrot Fashion, Omnibus Books (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia), 1983.

Sally Odgers, Dreadful David, Omnibus Books (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia), 1983.

Nan Hunt, Rain, Hail, or Shine, Collins (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1984.

Jane Covernton, anthologizer, Putrid Poems, Omnibus Books (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia), 1985.

Doug MacLeod, Sister Madge's Book of Nuns, Omnibus Books (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia), 1986.

Jane Covernton, anthologizer, Petrifying Poems, Omnibus Books (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia), 1986.

Heather Fidge, Elizabeth's Red Rooster, Jacaranda, 1986.

Robyn Green and Bronwen Scarffe, Poor Tina, Collins (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1986.

Julie Hampston, Mum's Rest Day, Collins (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1986.

Robyn Green and Bronwen Scarffe, Sorts of Things, Collins (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1986.

Mary O'Toole, A Strange Visitor, Macmillan (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1987.

Duncan Ball, My Dog's a Scaredy Cat, Walter McVitty (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1987.

Paul Jennings, The Cabbage Patch Fib, Puffin (Ringwood, Victoria, Australia), 1988.

Gail Jorgenson, Beware!, Omnibus Books (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia), 1988.

Gail Jorgenson, On a Dark and Scary Night, Omnibus Books (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia), 1988.

Gail Jorgenson, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Omnibus Books (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia), 1988.

Gail Jorgenson, Bubble Gum, Omnibus Books (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia), 1988.

Jenny Hessell, Our Baby Doesn't, Omnibus Books (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia), 1988.

Jenny Hessell, Our Baby Gets Dressed, Omnibus Books (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia), 1988.

Jenny Hessell, Our Baby Helps, Omnibus Books (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia), 1988.

Duncan Ball, Comedies for Kids, Angus & Robertson (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1988.

Marcia Vaughan, Still Room for More, Australasian Publishing (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1989.

Phil Cummings, Goodness Gracious!, Omnibus Books (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia), 1989, Orchard Books, 1992.

Mem Fox, Sophie, Ian Drakeford (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1989.

Edel Wignell, Big April Fools, Harcourt Brace, 1989.

Nan Hunt, The Whistle Stop Party, Collins Ingram (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1990.

Colin Pearce, The Monkey and the Crocodile, Tyndale House (Wheaton, IL), 1990.

Rachel Flynn, I Hate Fridays, Penguin (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1990.

Richard Tulloch, The Brown Felt Hat, Omnibus Books (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia), 1990.

Anna Weld, Fractured Fairy Tales and Revolting Rhymes, Omnibus Books (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia), 1990.

Mould I. Locks (a pseudonym), The Heebie-Jeebie Joke Book, Omnibus Books (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia), 1990.

Hazel Edwards, Show Off, Harcourt Brace, 1990.

Lucy Lawrence, The Lonely Giant, Mimosa Publications (Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia), 1990.

Lucy Lawrence, Fly Fly Witchy, Mimosa Publications (Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia), 1990.

Nigel Gray, Anna's Ghost, Ashton Scholastic (Gosford, New South Wales, Australia), 1991.

Clare Carmichael, The Mystery of the Haunted Dog, Random House Australia (Milsons Point, New South Wales, Australia), 1991.

Gretel Killeen, How to Live with a Sausage in a Bonnet, Random House Australia (Milsons Point, New South Wales, Australia), 1991.

Gillian Rubenstein, Squawk and Screech, Omnibus Books (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia), 1991.

Ralph Vaughn Carr, The Frog Who Thought He Was a Horse, Mimosa Publications (Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia), 1991.

Libby Gleeson, Where's Mum?, Omnibus Books (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia), 1992.

Rachel Flynn, It's Not Fair, Penguin (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1992.

Clare Carmichael, The Mystery of the Alien Spacecraft, Random House Australia (Milsons Point, New South Wales, Australia), 1992.

Maureen Sherlock, Pink Fluffy Slippers, Omnibus Books (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia), 1992.

Margaret Clark, Plastic City, Random House Australia (Milsons Point, New South Wales, Australia), 1992.

Nette Hilton, Toys, Macmillan (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1992.

Margaret Wild, Christmas Magic, Australian Post, 1992.

Nette Hilton, The Hiccups, Angus & Robertson (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1992.

Nette Hilton, Alfie's Gift, Mimosa Publications (Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia), 1992.

H.O.O. Dunnit, Who Pushed Humpty, Mimosa Publications (Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia), 1992.

Janet Slater Redhead, Sheep, Sheep, Sheep, Thomas Nelson, 1992.

Gillian Rubinstein, The Giant's Tooth, Viking (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1993.

Nigel Gray, Doctor Frank's Monster, Random House Australia (Milsons Point, New South Wales, Australia), 1993.

Alison Stewart, Pilchards, in Tomato Sauce, Random House Australia (Milsons Point, New South Wales, Australia), 1993.

Nettie Hilton, A Frilling Time, Angus & Robinson (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1993.

George Negus, Trev the Truck Saves the School Bus, Penguin (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1993.

George Negus, Trev the Truck Fights the Fire, Penguin (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1993.

George Negus, Trev the Truck Hits the Highway, Penguin (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1993.

George Negus, Trev the Truck Falls in Love, Penguin (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1993.

Margaret Watts, Trouble with Hairgrow, SRA School Group (Santa Rosa, CA), 1994.

Diana Noonan, Fat Cat Tompkin, SRA School Group (Santa Rosa, CA), 1994.

Michael Dugan, The Emu Who Wanted to Be a Horse, SRA School Group (Santa Rosa, CA), 1994.

Marcia K. Vaughan, The Stick-Around Cloud, SRA School Group (Santa Rosa, CA), 1994.

Anthony Holcroft, Bootlace Soup, SRA School Group (Santa Rosa, CA), 1994.

Cecily Matthews, Captain Orinoco's Onion, SRA School Group (Santa Rosa, CA), 1994.

Anne Houghton, There Stood Our Dog, SRA School Group (Santa Rosa, CA), 1994.

Nigel Gray, Fly, Cygnet Books/University of Western Australia Press, 1994.

June Loves, I Know That!, SRA School Group (Santa Rosa, CA), 1994.

Thurley Fowler, Not Again, Dad, Penguin (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1994.

Max Fatchen and Colin Thiele, Tea for Three, Moondrake, 1994.

Rachel Flynn, I Can't Wait, Penguin (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1994.

Ron Elisha, Pigtales, Random House Australia (Milsons Point, New South Wales, Australia), 1994.

Jo Croser, Don't Panic Podge, Angus & Robinson (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1994.

Robyn McIlhenny, Our Baby, Thomas Nelson, 1994.

Calvin Irons, The Racing Horses, Mimosa Publications (Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia), 1994.

Ian Trevaskis, Bumped and Thumped, Reed, 1994.

Jessica Carroll, Billy the Punk, Red Fox (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1995.

Garry Disher, Ermyntrude Takes Charge, Angus & Robertson (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1995.

Meredith Costain, Musical Harriet, Ashton Scholastic (Gosford, New South Wales, Australia), 1995.

Jenni Overend, Richard the Elder, Omnibus Books (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia), 1995.

Rachel Flynn, Worried Sick, Penguin (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1995.

Phil Cummings, Marty and Mei-Ling, Random House Australia (Milsons Point, New South Wales, Australia), 1995.

Carol Jones, Let's Make a Deal, Ashton Scholastic (Gosford, New South Wales, Australia), 1995.

Amanda Hay, Getting into Shapes, Ashton Scholastic (Gos-ford, New South Wales, Australia), 1995.

Pamela Graham, Hat Trick, Reed, 1995.

Robin Klein, Glumly, Mimosa Publications (Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia), 1995.

Pamela Rushby, All the Flavours in the World, Reed, 1995.

Lesley Hicks, Jeremy and Minh, Reed, 1995.

Peter Shaw, A Bull in a China Shop, Mimosa Publications (Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia), 1995.

Lesley Jane, The Rain, Lands End, 1995.

Philippa Jean, Insects That Bother Us, Lands End, 1995.

Ruby Corbet, Buster McLuster Has Mumps, Lands End, 1995.

Kevin Boon, The Flood, Lands End, 1995.

Jim Bebbington, Aussie Allsports, Penguin (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1995.

Rosemary Reuille Irons, Ten Tiny Ants, Mimosa Publications (Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia), 1996.

Sydnie Kleinhenz, Oodles of Noodles, Mimosa Publications (Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia), 1996.

Faith Johnstone, Lion's Limousine, Mimosa Publications (Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia), 1996.

Brenda Parkes, The Three Little Pigs, Mimosa Publications (Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia), 1996.

Shane Armstrong and Susan Hartley, What Is Big?, Scholastic (Gosford, New South Wales, Australia), 1996.

Shane Armstrong and Susan Hartley, We Went Fishing, Scholastic (Gosford, New South Wales, Australia), 1996.

Pamela Rushby, Because I'm Little, Rigby Heinemann (Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1996.

Damien Lovelock, Soccer: Great Moments, Great Players in World Football, Allen & Unwin (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1996.

Wendy Blaxland, The Treehouse Club, Rigby Heinemann (Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1996.

Sandra Iverson, Buildings in My Street, Lands End, 1996.

Julia Wall, The Best Guess, Lands End, 1996.

Meg Stein, A Day Shopping, Lands End, 1996.

Phil Cummings, I Bet You Can't, Macmillan (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1996.

George Negus, Trev the Truck Beats the Tide, Puffin (Ringwood, Victoria, Australia), 1996.

Literacy Tree, Mimosa Publications (Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia), 1996.

George Negus, Trev the Truck Scores a Goal, Puffin (Ringwood, Victoria, Australia), 1996.

Victor Kelleher, Johnny Wombat, Random House Australia (Milsons Point, New South Wales, Australia), 1996.

Paul Jennings, The Cabbage Patch War, Puffin (Ringwood, Victoria, Australia), 1996.

Thurley Fowler, That's Enough, Paul, Puffin (Ringwood, Victoria, Australia), 1996.

Emily Rodda, Yay!, Omnibus Books (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia), 1996, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1997.

Dyan Blacklock, Nudes and Nikes, Allen & Unwin (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1997.

John Parker, Fifty Thousand Dollars, Rigby Heineman (Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1997.

Lorraine Wilson, Art Lesson, Nelson ITP (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1997.

Phil Cummings, I Bet You Don't, Macmillan (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1997.

Down by the Station, Nelson ITP (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1997.

Terri McLauchlan, Eye'll Be Watching You, Nelson ITP (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1997.

Cory Lindquist, Someone Knocked on the Door, Scholastic (Gosford, New South Wales, Australia), 1997.

Matthew Dunstan, The Gravity Buster, Macmillan (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1997.

Mandy Stevens, Revolting Rita's Cousin, Nelson ITP (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1997.

Mandy Stevens, Taran and the Flying Scarf, Nelson ITP (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1997.

Lesley Jane, The Rain, Folens (Dunstable, England), 1997.

Richard Tulloch, Scruffy's Way Home, ABC Books (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1997.

Sally Farrell Odgers, Dreadful David, Omnibus Books (Norwood, South Australia, Australia), 1997.

Nette Hilton, Tough Lester, Omnibus Books (Norwood, South Australia, Australia), 1997.

Christine Harris, Sleeping In, Random House Australia (Milsons Point, New South Wales, Australia), 1997.

Libby Gleeson, Where's Mum?, Omnibus Books (Norwood, South Australia, Australia), 1997.

Rachel Flynn, Messing Around: More Thrills from Koala Hills, Puffin (Ringwood, Victoria, Australia), 1997.

Phil Cummings, Goodness Gracious!, Omnibus Books (Norwood, South Australia, Australia), 1997.

Raewyn Caisley, Monkey Trix, Penguin (Camberwell, Victoria, Australia), 1997.

Dyan Blacklock, I Want Earrings!, Omnibus Books (Norwood, South Australia, Australia), 1997.

Duncan Ball, Emily Eyefinger, HarperCollins (Pymble, New South Wales, Australia), 1997.

Duncan Ball, Emily Eyefinger, Secret Agent, HarperCollins (Pymble, New South Wales, Australia), 1997.

Duncan Ball, Emily Eyefinger and the Lost Treasure, HarperCollins (Pymble, New South Wales, Australia), 1997.

Annette Smith, Toby and BJ, Nelson ITP (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1997.

Annette Smith, Toby and the Big Tree, Nelson ITP (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1997.

Annette Smith, Toby and Big Red Van, Nelson ITP (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1997.

Annette Smith, Toby and the Accident, Nelson ITP (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1997.

Mandy Stevens, Taran and the Burping Hat, Nelson ITP (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1998.

Mandy Stevens, Revolting Rita's Baby Brother, Nelson ITP (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1998.

Gillian Rubinstein, The Pirates' Ship, Puffin (Ringwood, Victoria, Australia), 1998.

Gillian Rubinstein, The Fairy's Wings, Puffin (Ringwood, Victoria, Australia), 1998.

Anne-Maree Rolley, Show and Tell, Macmillan Education (South Yarra, Victoria, Australia), 1998.

Emily Rodda, Green Fingers, Omnibus (Norwood, New South Wales, Australia), 1998.

Emily Rodda, Game Plan, Omnibus (Norwood, New South Wales, Australia), 1998.

Emily Rodda, Bob the Builder and the Elves, Omnibus (Norwood, New South Wales, Australia), 1998.

Mary Pershall, Too Much to Ask For, Puffin (Ringwood, Victoria, Australia), 1998.

Rachel Flynn, My Mummy and Me, Puffin (Ringwood, Victoria, Australia), 1998.

Rachel Flynn, My Daddy and Me, Puffin (Ringwood, Victoria, Australia), 1998.

Gary Crew, Troy Thompson's Excellent Poetry Book, Lothian (Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1998, Kane/Miller (La Jolla, CA), 2003.

Kim Caraher, The Cockroach Cup, Random House (Milsons Point, New South Wales, Australia), 1998.

Sharon Callen, I Miss You, Koala Books (Mascot, New South Wales, Australia), 1998.

Beryl Ayers, Are You My Friend? or Not?, Macmillan Education (South Yarra, Victoria, Australia), 1998.

Kirsty Murray, Man-Eaters and Blood Suckers, Allen & Unwin (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1998.

Annette Smith, Toby at Stony Bay, Nelson ITP (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1998.

Colin Thiele, Monster Fish, Omnibus (Norwood, South Australia, Australia), 1999.

Gwenda Smyth, The Famous Whispy Bell, Lothian (Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1999.

Robyn Ryan, What a Week!, Playworks (Prahran, Victoria, Australia), 1999.

Diana Lawrenson, Pickle the Perfectly Awful Pig, ABC Books (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1999.

Phillip Gwynne, The Worst Team Ever, Puffin (Ringwood, Victoria, Australia), 1999.

Ian Bone, Winning Back Dad, Walker (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1999.

Moira Robinson, compiler, Waltzing Matilda Meets Lazy Jack: Thirty Australian Ballads, Poems, and Rhymes, Silverfish (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1999.

Alison Stewart, Pineapple Ravioli, Hodder Children's (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1999.

Calvin Irons, The Racing Horses: A Story about Ordinal Numbers, Mimosa Publications (Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia), 1999.

Helen Beaglehole, Plum Stones, Roland Harvey Books (Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1999.

Helen Beaglehole, John's Remarkable Day, Roland Harvey Books (Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1999.

Rose Inserra, Bad Bart, Rigby Heinemann (Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1999.

Diana Noonan, Hang in There, Howard Martin, Learning Media, 1999.

William Taylor, Harry Houdini: Wonderdog, Learning Media, 1999.

Sherryl Clark, Which Dog, Nelson ITP (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1999.

Janet Slater Bottins, That Johnny Wigg, Nelson ITP (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1999.

Margaret Watts, Hoola Gooma, Macmillan (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1999.

Sandra Iverson, Who Jumped Out?, Macmillan (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1999.

Heather Grant, The Dangerous Footpath, Macmillan (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1999.

Sharon Dalgleish, Ali's Top Secret Diary, Blake Education, 1999.

Paul Collins and Meredith Costain, editors, Altered States, Longman, 1999.

Kate Walker, Sticky Stuff, Omnibus (Norwood, South Australia, Australia), 2000.

Mandy Stevens, Taran and the Magic Umbrella; Taran and the Wilful Wheelchair, Nelson ITP (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 2000.

Mandy Stevens, Revolting Rita's Babysitter; Revolting Rita and the New Girl, Nelson ITP (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 2000.

Peter Rigby, Stanley Sticks Out, Cygnet Books (Nedlands, West Australia, Australia), 2000.

Christobel Mattingley, First Friend, Puffin (Ringwood, Victoria, Australia), 2000.

Doug MacLeod, The Birdsville Monster, Penguin (Camberwell, Victoria, Australia), 2000.

Chris Bell, McTavish's Creatures, Nelson ITP (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 2000.

Matthew Dunstan, The Flying Snake, Scholastic Educational (Linfield, New South Wales, Australia), 2000.

Margaret Clyne, Midge and Emily, Scholastic Educational (Linfield, New South Wales, Australia), 2000.

Sarah Prince, If I Were Invisible, Eleanor Curtain Publishing, 2000.

Christine Harris, I Don't Want to Go to School, Random House Australia (Milsons Point, New South Wales, Australia), 2000.

Katherine Goode, The Worst Year of My Life, Lothian (Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 2000.

Rachel Flynn, Sacked!, Puffin (Ringwood, Victoria, Australia), 2000.

Max Fatchen, The Very Long Nose of Jonathan Jones, ABC Books (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 2000.

Gary Crew, Troy Thompson's Radical Prose Folio, Lothian (Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 2000.

Duncan Ball, Emily Eyefinger and the Black Volcano, Angus & Robertson (Pymble, New South Wales, Australia), 2000.

Bill Scott, compiler, Lies, Flies, and Strange Big Fish: Tall Tales from the Bush, Allen & Unwin (St. Leonards, New South Wales, Australia), 2000.

Penny Hall, Fixing the Tiger, Koala Books (Mascot, New South Wales, Australia), 2000.

Janine M. Fraser, Countdown, Koala Books (Mascot, New South Wales, Australia), 2000.

Claire Bowes, The Fair, Learning Media, 2000.

Paul Collins and Meredith Costain, editors, Beyond the Grave, Longman, 2000.

Paul Collins and Meredith Costain, editors, Noises in the Dark, Longman, 2000.

Jeni Jones, Ariel, Blake Education, 2000.

Elizabeth Best, Black Dots, Penguin (Camberwell, Victoria, Australia), 2000.

Emily Rodda, Crumbs!, Omnibus (Norwood, South Australia, Australia), 2001.

Gary Crew, Arno the Garbo, Lothian (Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 2001.

M.D. Clark, A Wee Walk, Puffin (Ringwood, Victoria, Australia), 2001.

Duncal Ball, My Dog's a Scaredy-Cat, Angus & Robertson (Pymble, New South Wales, Australia), 2001.

Duncan Ball, Emily Eyefinger's Alien Adventure, HarperCollins (Pymble, New South Wales, Australia), 2001.

Stephen Measday, Roger Bacon Reporting, Hodder Headline Australia (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 2001.

Adam Osterweil, The Comic Book Kid, Front Street (Asheville, NC), 2001.

Stephen Measday, A Pig Called Francis, Hodder Headline Australia (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 2001.

Errol Broome, Some Dog, Nelson ITP (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 2001.

Jim Schembri, Top Cow, Scholastic (Gosford, New South Wales, Australia), 2001.

Don Carter, Digger Reckons, Nelson ITP (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 2001.

Trevor Todd, The Big Toe Robbery, Nelson ITP (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 2001.

Pam Bull, Harry the Hamster, Wright Group, 2001.

Pam Bull, The Lemonade Stand, Wright Group, 2001.

Fia Clendinnen, Tom's Ambition, Blake Education, 2001.

Sharon Hill, The Wind Blows, Learning Media, 2001.

John Marsden, A Day in the Life of Me, Lothian (Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 2002.

Doug MacLeod, Sister Madge's Book of Nuns, Puffin (Camberwell, Victoria, Australia), 2002.

Doug MacLeod, On the Cards, Puffin (Camberwell, Victoria, Australia), 2002.

Rachel Flynn, I Hate Fridays Collection, Puffin (Camberwell, Victoria, Australia), 2002.

Andrew Daddo, Writing in Wet Cement, Hodder Headline Australia (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 2002.

Andrew Daddo, Creepy Cool, Hodder Headline Australia (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 2002.

Meredith Costain, The Sandpit War, Puffin (Camberwell, Victoria, Australia), 2002.

Duncan Ball, Emily Eyefinger and the Devil Bones, HarperCollins (Pymble, New South Wales, Australia), 2002.

Lisa Thompson, Operation Green Thumbs, Blake Education (Glebe, New South Wales, Australia), 2002.

James Moloney, Intergalactic Heroes, Word Weavers Press (Bulimba, Queensland), 2002.

David Westley Johnson, Little Fingers, Omnibus Books (Norwood, South Australia, Australia), 2002.

Penny Hall, Alan the Alien, Koala Books (Mascot, New South Wales, Australia), 2002.

Claire Saxby, Runaround Rowdy, Nelson Thompson Learning (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 2002.

Chris Bell, Zit Face, Nelson Thompson Learning (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 2002.

Sue Bursztynski and Justin D'Ath, On the Case, Longman, 2002.

Annette Smith, The Helpful Bulldozer, Nelson Thompson Learning (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 2002.

George Ivanoff, Singing in the Shower, Pearson Education (Camberwell, Victoria, Australia), 2002.

Cameron Fusillo, Brainy Brain, Black Dog Books, 2002.

Cameron Fusillo, A Digestive Tale, Black Dog Books, 2002.

Bill Condon, The Joker, Pearson Education (Camberwell, Victoria, Australia), 2002.

Wendy Blaxland, Saving Greedy Guts, Blake Education, 2002.

Paul Jennings, The Cabbage Patch Pong, Penguin (Camberwell, Victoria, Australia), 2002.

Ian Bone, Pimplehead and Curly, Walker (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 2002.

Garry Disher, Good One, Erm, Hodder Headline Australia (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 2002.

Chris Bell, Jono's Rescue, Thomson Learning, 2003.

Jenny Dobbie, Toothless, Blake Education, 2003.

Anne Giuleri, The Snail, Thomson Learning, 2003.

Helen McKinlay, Grandma's Week Off, ABC Books (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 2003.

Rosemary Reuille Irons, Ten Tiny Ants: A Story about Addition, Mimosa Publications (Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia), 2003.

Rachel Flynn, On the Team, Puffin (Camberwell, Victoria, Australia), 2003.

Andrew Daddo, A Dog of a Day, Hodder Headline Australia (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 2003.

Duncan Ball, Emily Eyefinger and the Balloon Bandits, HarperCollins (Pymble, New South Wales, Australia), 2003.

Krista Bell, Sniffy the Sniffer Dog, Lothian (Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 2003.

Ross Mueller, The Big Ball of String, Allen & Unwin (Crows Nest, New South Wales, Australia), 2004.

Doug MacLeod, Spiky, Spunky, My Pet Monkey; and Other Weird and Wicked Rhymes, Penguin (Camberwell, Victoria, Australia), 2004.

Paul Jennings, The Cabbage Patch Curse, Puffin (Camber-well, Victoria, Australia), 2004.

Megan de Kantzow, Just You Wait!, Omnibus Books (Norwood, South Australia, Australia), 2004.

Andrew Daddo, The Girl Trap, Hodder (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) 2004.

Paul Collins, The Wish Bug, Lothian (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 2004.

Helen Bethune, Riddle-Me-Ree, Lothian (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 2004.

Heather Catchpole, It's True! There Are Bugs in Your Bed!, Allen & Unwin (East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 2004.

Duncan Ball, Emily Eyefinger and the Ghost Ship, HarperCollins (Pymble, New South Wales, Australia), 2004.

Jackie Tiley, Looking for Leo, Thomson Learning, 2004.

Jill Eggleton, Where Is Clown's Pants?, Heinemann Library New Zealand, 2004.

Jill Eggleton, Clown's Party, Heinemann Library New Zealand, 2004.

Mike Craig, A Job at the Zoo, Blake Educational, 2004.

Jackie Tidley, Leo, You Are a Star, Thomson Learning, 2004.

Doug MacLeod, Leon Stumble's Book of Stupid Fairytales, Working Title Press (Kingswood, South Australia, Australia), 2005.

Paul Collins, The Big Squeeze, Five Mile Press (Rowville, Victoria, Australia), 2005.

Duncan Ball, Emily Eyefinger and the Puzzle in the Jungle, HarperCollins (Pymble, New South Wales, Australia), 2005.

Mandy Stevens, Mishap Harriet and the Sticky Chase, Oxford University Press (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 2005.

Mandy Stevens, Mishap Harriet and the Glue Tale, Oxford University Press (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 2005.

Krista Bell, If the Shoe Fits, Lothian (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 2005.

Meredith Costain, It's True!: Hauntings Happen and Ghosts Get Grumpy!, Allen & Unwin (Crows Nest, New South Wales, Australia), 2005.

Ross Mueller, The Boy Who Built the Boat, Allen & Un-win (Crows Nest, New South Wales, Australia), 2005.

Victor Kelleher, Spaceman Bill, Word Weavers Press, 2005.

Meredith Costain, The Really Big Beliefs Project, Curriculum Corporation, 2005.

Elizabeth Best, That Bear Is Really Stuck, Blake Education, 2005.

Teena Raffa-Mulligan, Getting Rid of Wrinkles, Blake Education, 2005.

Lili Henderson, Get on the Train, McGraw-Hill/Trillium, 2005.

Marlene Perez, Why Night Follows, McGraw-Hill/Trillium, 2005.

Yara S. Mignon, Three Dog Wishes, McGraw Hill/Mimosa Publications (Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia), 2005.

Janet Stutley, Knitwits, McGraw-Hill/Mimosa Publications (Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia), 2005.

Kayte Murphy, Harry's Game, McGraw-Hill/Mimosa Publications (Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia), 2005.

Julie-Anne Justus, Saving Sophia, McGraw-Hill/Mimosa Publications (Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia), 2005.

Kerrie O'Connor, Little Jingle Says No, Allen & Unwin (Crows Nest, New South Wales, Australia), 2006.

Rachel Flynn, My Mummy and Me, Puffin (Camberwell, Victoria, Australia), 2006.

Duncan Ball, Emily Eyefinger and the City in the Sky, HarperCollins (Pymble, New South Wales, Australia), 2006.

Contributor of illustrations to poetry collections, including Vile Verse.

"TOOCOOL" SERIES

Phil Kettle, Toocool, Golfing Giant, Scholastic Education (Linfield, New South Wales, Australia), 2002.

Phil Kettle, Toocool, Sonic Mountain Biker, Scholastic Education (Linfield, New South Wales, Australia), 2002.

Phil Kettle, Toocool, Soccer Superstar, Scholastic Education (Linfield, New South Wales, Australia), 2002.

Phil Kettle, Toocool, Skateboard Ripper, Scholastic Education (Linfield, New South Wales, Australia), 2002.

Phil Kettle, Toocool, Rugby Great, Scholastic Education (Linfield, New South Wales, Australia), 2002.

Phil Kettle, Toocool, Parball Hotshot, Scholastic Education (Linfield, New South Wales, Australia), 2002.

Phil Kettle, Toocool, Sailing Supremo, Scholastic Education (Linfield, New South Wales, Australia), 2002.

Phil Kettle, Toocool, the Invincible Iron Man, Scholastic Education (Linfield, New South Wales, Australia), 2002.

Phil Kettle, Toocool, Match Day Football, Scholastic Education (Linfield, New South Wales, Australia), 2003.

Phil Kettle, Toocool, Water Slide Winner, Scholastic Education (Linfield, New South Wales, Australia), 2003.

Phil Kettle, Toocool, Space Captain, Scholastic Education (Linfield, New South Wales, Australia), 2003.

Phil Kettle, Toocool, Rodeo Cowboy, Scholastic Education (Linfield, New South Wales, Australia), 2003.

Phil Kettle, Toocool, Park Games Gold, Scholastic Education (Linfield, New South Wales, Australia), 2003.

Phil Kettle, Toocool, Discus Dynamo, Scholastic Education (Linfield, New South Wales, Australia), 2003.

Phil Kettle, Toocool, Beach Patrol, Scholastic Education (Linfield, New South Wales, Australia), 2003.

Phil Kettle, Toocool, Daredevil on Ice, Scholastic Education (Linfield, New South Wales, Australia), 2003.

Phil Kettle, The Big Toocool Book, Scholastic (Gosford, New South Wales, Australia), 2005.

OTHER

Elizabeth Brooks, Dementia: Memory Loss and Confusion, South Australian Health Commission, 1983.

Mary Covernton, Head Injuries: A Guide for Families, South Australian Health Commission, 1986.

Work in Progress

More picture-book illustration.

Sidelights

One of Australia's most prolific children's book illustrators, Craig Smith's works number in the hundreds and reflect his wry humor, playful take on perspective, and his family-oriented childhood. Working for a variety of publishers, he has created cartoon art featuring his characteristic pop-eyed characters for texts by such writers as Mem Fox, Emily Rodda, and Paul Jennings, mostly in the picture-book and beginning-reader genre. His artwork also appears in Phil Kettle's sports-oriented "Toocool" book series, winner of Australia's child-selected KOALA award and a hit with reluctant readers.

Born near Adelaide, South Australia, Smith was raised in an industrious middle-class family where an interest in the arts was encouraged. As he once told SATA: "I have an older sister, Maire, who has always been passionate about drawing. My parents were involved in a family business selling footwear in two neighbouring towns. Woodside has an army barracks and was the biggest influence on my playtime. With a few friends we spent day after day involved in pretend combat, often kitted out from the local dump, which the Army used. My earliest remembered ambition was to be a cartoonist. I spent a lot of time copying Walt Disney characters. Nonetheless, going into the early teens I seriously wanted to make a career in either Army or Navy. My sister went to the South Australian School of Art (now Torrens College of Advanced Education). It was through her that the interesting world of graphic design was opened to me. I followed in her footsteps."

While working toward his design degree, Smith studied illustration under George Tetlow and, on the strength of a large class project, "sent slides of the drawings to a number of publishers, from which came an invitation to provide roughs for a book. This was Christobel Mattingley's text for Black Dog." Embarking on his career as a freelance illustrator following graduation in 1976, he also spent eight years taking on a variety of part-time jobs, including as a dishwasher, a bridge-maintenance worker, and a nurse's aid for a hospital for the elderly, the last which allowed him to observe the human figure in many different positions. In addition to book illustrations, Smith has created advertising art, done animation, and has designed several Australian postage stamps.

As Smith noted in an Angus & Robinson publicity release, he enjoys illustrating children's books "because of the freedom to develop the character of the book, as well as the characters in the book. Children's books offer a good scope for humour and satire, both of which I love to use." As Smith added, reading to his own children was enlightening: "Good books are far more than good pictures, it's the synthesis of text and image that's important."

Biographical and Critical Sources

PERIODICALS

Booklist, September 1, 1997, John Peters, review of Yay!, p. 135.

Magpies, May, 2005, review of Spaceman Bill, p. 36.

Publishers Weekly, June 9, 1997, review of Yay!, p. 46.

Resource Links, April, 2006, Mavis Holder, review of There Are Bugs in Your Bed!, p. 26.

School Library Journal, August, 2001, Elaine E. Knight, review of The Comic Book Kid, p. 186.

ONLINE

Craig Smith Home Page, http://www.craigsmithillustration.com (July 11, 2006).

OTHER

Angus & Robertson publicity release, 1993.

About this article

Smith, Craig 1955–

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