I haven't seen all the book shortlisted for the CBCA Crichton New Illustrators Award yet, but this one is firming as my personal favourite.
Big Red Kangaroo is beautifully illustrated by Graham Byrne.
The kangaroos are realistically set into their natural environment. Byrne uses a lovely ochre palette - typical of inland Australia.
His use of charcoal and digital collaging also creates a pleasing, earthy storyboard for Saxby to weave her words through.
Her story is part fiction, part non-fiction.