The Tram to Bondi Beach
Australian Children’s Classics
Author: Libby Hathorn, Julie Vivas (Illustrator)
It was Kieran’s dream to be a paperboy and when he finally gets the chance finds it’s not as easy as he thought it would be but with his friend Saxon teaching him the ropes he eventually gets the opportunity to work at his favourite place…the beach, and the tram rides are the best part of the job to Kieran. When he grows up he won’t be a paper boy, he’ll be a tram driver rattling and flying down the hill to Bondi Beach.
About the Author
Libby Hathorn is an award-winning author of more than forty books for children and young people. Her stories have been translated into several languages and adapted for stage and screen.
About the Illustrator
One of Australia’s foremost illustrators, Julie Vivas’s work for the world renowned Possum Magic (written by Mem Fox) began a career as a children’s illustrator that has since seen the creation of some very important picture books. Julie was born in Adelaide, lived in Melbourne and Sydney as a child, and later studied interior design in Sydney. After living in Spain for a number of years she returned to Sydney with her family and her illustrating career began with “The Tram to Bondi Beach”.
Her very distinctive watercolour style is seen in such well-known books as “Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge”, “The Nativity”, “Let the Celebrations Begin”, “Let’s Eat”, “Hello Baby” , and “Sleepy Pendoodle” . Julie has always dealt with controversial issues in her pictures in an uncompromising and down-to-earth way. Julie’s most recent title is “Cuddle Time” (written by Libby Gleeson)