Mike Austin (Author) Mike Austin (Illustrator)

Product Details

Beach Lane Books
Publish Date
January 07, 2014
11.0 X 0.4 X 8.9 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Mike Austin is the author of A Present for Milo, a book that was originally created as a preschool app and then later published as a print picture book, as well as the picture book Monsters Love Colors. He has done editorial art for the Wall Street Journal, Boys' Life magazine, and more. This is his second book for HarperCollins.

Mike Austin is a leading illustrator and tattoo artist with more than twenty-five years of experience. Mike was first introduced to the Inuit mythology pantheon through the work of Farley Mowat, and he has been transfixed by Northern mythology ever since. Mike strives to tell visual stories with his illustrations--both on paper and skin. His images have appeared in multiple books about Inuit mythology and he has represented Canada at several international tattoo competitions. Mike lives and works in London, Ontario.


"Two civic-minded robots dubbed the Munching Machines decide to turn their junkyard home...into a fabulous community garden and playground.... Austin's digital illustrations are exuberantly jumbled and layered, making for a bright, colorful mess with an appropriately distressed texture reminiscent of block printing."--Publishers Weekly, November 2013
"Supersized robots made from spare parts are sad to find that the yard is such a mess . . . . Earthy colors dominate the digital illustrations when depicting the messy junkyard, turning to bright greens, blues, and reds when the garden is planted and the park is ready for outdoor fun. The simple sentences and rhyming text create a singsong read-aloud. Children will understand the message about the environment and enjoy these delightful robots."--School Library Journal, January 2014
"This will likely whip off library shelves and into the hands of young robotloving readers. . . . Beyond the clever rhymes and bright, friendly colors of this ode to caring for the environment, the two smiling, gear-chested robots munching on every form of vehicle imaginable are the very stuff of little boys' dreams. Austin's (Monsters Love Colors, 2013) background in design is clear in the simple but sharply defined shapes full of personality and playfulness, perfect for inviting young readers into the yard for a smash-'em-up romp of a good time."--Booklist, January 2014