Joey and Riley
Written and illustrated by Mandy Foot. Published by Hachette Australia.
A beautiful story of the bond between a boy and his dog, as well as a moving portrait of rural life, by the bestselling Australian author/illustrator Mandy Foot.
Joey lives on a farm with his mum, his grandad, and his best friend - Riley, a working dog. Joey and Riley are inseparable, sharing adventures all day long.
But times are tough, and Joey and his mum have to move to town so that she can find work. Joey misses Riley desperately, relying on his grandad's letters to stay connected to his best mate. Until the day Grandad writes with sad news: Riley has gone missing in a big storm. Joey is devastated - but things might not be as they seem ...
Mandy Foot's naturalistic illustrations beautifully capture Australian rural life.
Awarded to Best Children's Picture Book for dynamic interplay between words and illustration and open to Author/Illustrators throughout Australia and New Zealand.