Sean E Avery is a teacher, writer-illustrator, sculptor and designer born in South Africa; living in Perth, Western Australia. He is a passionate Art teacher at Carnaby Rise Primary School in Landsdale.
Sean’s first picture book with Fremantle Press, All Monkeys Love Bananas, is a hit with children in Australia, The Middle East and Asia. Praise for All Monkeys Love Bananas:
‘… Avery’s illustrations, with their subversive, Steadman-esque quality, are full of movement and humour.’ The West Australian
‘You’ve got to love a flocked cover and the story … is just as enchanting.’ Scoop Magazine
‘… a playful tone and impish, endearing animals that will appeal to pre-schoolers. Verdict: Monkey Magic.’ Herald Sun
‘I highly recommend you look at this gorgeous book.’ Kids Book Review
‘… cool drawings and rhymes.’ The Sunday Times
‘With its velvet feel monkeys, the cover itself is enough to draw you in.’ Practical Parenting
‘Avery’s rhyming text is infectious.’ Canberra Times
His second picture book, Harold and Grace, has become an excellent teaching resource for the Year Two science focus of metamorphosis. Some praise for Harold and Grace:
'This creative and intriguing picture book will definitely be a teacher’s delight.' Kidz Review Krew
'It’s ideal for schools to explore both the Sustainability cross-curricular priority and Biological Science units.' Buzz Words
'Beautifully illustrated, this is a book that can be read to littlies over and over again' Pedals
Sean’s reputation as an internationally acclaimed artist has come from his work as a sculptor specializing in re-purposing electronic waste. His most popular sculptures feature deconstructed CDs and DVDs, which he has re-built into organic shapes. Birds and small mammals have been his most popular subjects. Photos of Sean’s sculptures have featured in print and screen publications all around the world and many galleries and private collectors have commissioned him to build unusual and exciting pieces for them. Some of these commissions have gone to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!, Scitech, Woodside Oil and Gas and Nespresso to name a few. In 2014, Sean represented Australia at the International Waste To Art exhibition in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Sean is curious, enthusiastic and ready to work hard for the things he believes in.