The Hush Treasure Book

Hush Foundation,Hush Foundation

The Hush Treasure Book
Allen & Unwin
29 July 2015

The Hush Treasure Book

Hush Foundation,Hush Foundation

Welcome to the world of Hush… a world of magic, wonder and mystery. Created for the Hush Music Foundation, famous for its original music albums used in hospitals all around the world, this book is a treasure trove that will delight and entertain the whole family.

A glorious collection of stories, poems and pictures from thirty favourite storytellers: Nick Bland, Karen Briggs, Kevin Burgemeestre, Michael Camilleri, Jackie French, Jane Godwin, Bob Graham, Jacqui Grantford, Mark Greenwood, Ann James, Danny Katz, Frane Lessac, Alison Lester, Chris McKimmie, Doug McLeod, Glenda Millard, Stephen Michael King, Tohby Riddle, Victoria Rohan, Judith Rossell, Paul Seden, Craig Smith, Shaun Tan, Jane Tanner, Karen Tayleur, Mitch Vane, Julie Vivas, Anna Walker, Bruce Whatley, Margaret Wild.


‘Treasure’ is a perfect word to describe this curated collection of gems from a golden line-up of much-loved Australian authors and illustrators. The Hush Music Foundation is known for producing soothing music for use in children’s hospitals and they have now created a book and accompanying CD that is filled with comforting, imaginative titbits of the highest quality.

Much of the content is rhyming and will capture the imagination of a wide audience. There are gentle bedtime poems by Doug MacLeod and Glenda Millard that tell of night-time and nature and can be read aloud like lullabies. For slightly older readers there are plenty of funny moments and a very mysterious story by Jackie French. There is even a maze page and an absolutely charming ‘Recipe to Catch a Wish’ by Jacqui Grantford that will enchant young dreamers.

With contributions from Shaun Tan, Margaret Wild, Alison Lester and so many other significant talents, this book will be a lovely and valuable addition to your family bookshelf. It’s perfect for reading together or for a child to quietly dip into as they enjoy and revisit their most-cherished pages. My own favourite is Bob Graham’s offering: a brief yet moving piece about a man and his dog.

Kim Gruschow

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