Nursery Crimes is a riotous reimagining of seven popular nursery rhymes. The central character in each story is Little Miss Muffet who is capable, smart, calm and practical. An amateur sleuth, she has many other hidden talents (locksmith, woodcutter, makeup artist) which serendipitously come into play to help solve the crimes. In each story she teams up with the protagonist (Baaa Baa Black Sheep, Humpty Dumpty etc.) to solve a crime hinted at in the rhyme, but previously concealed. Other familiar nursery rhyme characters also make appearances, as well as some popular fairy story characters (who are often the villains of the piece). Each book reveals the cover-ups and complex web of crime and corruption in each story and finally unlocks the secrets to these much-loved, but confusingly incomplete, rhymes.
A successful and versatile writer, John Barwick has published about 230 titles. He started of writing funny stories for children, but then turned off to children’s non-fiction and text books. His books have been shortlisted in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards and in The Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing. Recently retired as a Primary School Principal, John now writes full-time.
Dave Atze: professional fun-haver and Illustrator of all things cute and cuddly. Commonly found sketching up a storm with his trusty K9 by his side, Dave has worked in cartoons, comics, games, toys, advertising and children’s books. Dave illustrates amazing books for kids that sell all over the world including Cat Spies Mouse, the Max Booth series, the Nursery Crimes series and books about a kangaroo from Uluru!