Michelle Dawson was born in New Zealand, and moved to Australia in 1985. She has been working as a professional artist since 1996 and has studied both in Australia and the UK. In 2009 she illustrated her first picture book How Weird Is That? a fantastic tale (written by Gyan) which features a collection of amazing hybrid beasts woven around the theme of Australian native animals. Both an art book and a children's book, it was subsequently shortlisted for the 2009 Crichton Award for New Illustrator of the Year. Fluke is her third picture book, which follows the very successful bedtime book Let's go to Sleep written by Margaret Wild and published by Working Title Press in 2013. Michelle lives and works in a converted church near the coast in rural Australia.
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