2018 PNC - Snugglepot and Cuddlepie
'Where are you going?" asked Snugglepot. 'To see the Humans," said Cuddlepie.
Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie : Their Adventures Wonderful, by May Gibbs (1877-1969), was first published in 1918, following May Gibbs' successful Gumnut Babies book series. This classic of Australian children's literature charts the adventures of two little gumnut foster brothers, who set out to see a human, who they have been told can be 'strong as the Wind, swift as the River, fierce as the Sun".
They make many new friends along the way, but must also fend off several foes. May Gibbs was already an established artist when she published this delightful tale, the first in what became The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (1940), which has never been out of print. The whimsical story and delightful illustrations are very much inspired by the flora and fauna of the Australian bush, where May Gibbs enjoyed playing as a child.