Something big is coming soon and I couldn’t be more excited!

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I’ve been working on a book called So Wrong with artists Wayne Bryant for ages now and I’m super excited to say it’s almost here. Because it’s 192 pages long it looks like a normal novel, but it’s actually a whole bunch of weird things all thrown together, like short stories, odd ads (for things […]




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May 24th, 2016

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Bear Make Den story time at the Little Bookroom in Melbourne

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Jane and I had so much fun at the Little Bookroom this morning. We read Bear Make Den at a Teddy Bear’s picnic-inspired storytime. There were lots of children and lots of bears, and the event was co-ordinated and run by the best sport in the children’s book world, Leesa Lambert. Thanks Leesa and everyone who […]




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March 4th, 2016

‘Blown away’ by Bear Make Den

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Jeepers! Reviews like this one for Bear Make Den make me want to dance! I mean it says… ‘I’m always blown away by the deceptive simplicity of a good picture book and this creation is no exception.’ http://www.buzzwordsmagazine.com/2016/02/bear-make-den.html Thanks so much Buzz Words!




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February 24th, 2016

Bear Make Den out now!

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A book about this big guy is in shops now. It’s called Bear Make Den and you can read all about it here. It’s the first book I’ve ever co-authored – I wrote it with my wife, Jane Godwin. She is VEEERY patient. And she looks like this… And the drawings were done by Andrew Joyner, who […]




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February 12th, 2016

More photos from my Pig Dude launches

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I do love reading Pig Dude to kids. I act like a bit of a goose, but no one seems to mind. Here are a few snaps from Tucker Road Primary School. I turned the lights off so everyone could see the screen better, which made the pics are a bit dark, but I think you […]




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December 8th, 2015

Kicking Goals for Readers

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Earlier this year I had an incredibly fun time doing a theatrical kind of show with a couple of other footy-loving authors. The other guys were Adrian Beck (Kick it to Nick) and Felice Arena (Specky Magee). It was so much fun I thought I’d share a few photos.   The Umpire Dance Adrian belting […]




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November 28th, 2015

Pig Dude launches

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I’ve been having so much fun on a little tour to launch my latest book, Pig Dude: He Can Do ANYTHING! All up I’m visiting six of my favourite schools and giving them a free 45 min talk which ends with a book launch, something many kids have never seen. At the end of the session, a few […]




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November 25th, 2015

Check out this snappy little video

Kicking Goals for Readers

Earlier this year a couple of other footy-loving authors (Felice Arena and Adrian Beck) and myself put together a theatre show about the joys of both football and reading. And just to make sure we were fully prepared for the big event we went through our paces with a solid backyard training run. As you can see […]




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October 7th, 2015

New Teacher’s Activity Pack for Pig Dude

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Hey Teachers! Hi. I’ve just added a very nice (and free) Teacher’s Activity Pack for Pig Dude, right here http://michaelwagner.com.au/free-downloads/free-teachers-notes. There are five pages of Art, Design, Science and English activities – a lot of which are suitable for very young primary school kids. Go get ’em guys!  




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September 19th, 2015