Author: Armin Greder
Following on from the success of The Island, Armin Greder offers young readers and adults, a
contemporary mother-and-son fable. Powerful and compelling.Some time ago, in a big city in a distant
country where winter would sometimes last three years, there lived a woman. She had a child. A son.
And because she loved him very much she promised herself that he should be spared the terrible things
that happen in life, and with him in her arms she left her house and the city and in a place where there
were no roads and no bridges she built him a house and in it she cared for him and was happy. But one
moonless night she died...
Picture book illustrator Armin Greder was born in Switzerland and migrated to Brisbane, Australia in
1971. Armin has worked as a graphic designer and currently lectures tertiary art students, illustrating
picture books in between teaching and other interests. As a child Armin spent a lot of time drawing in the
back of his exercise books when he should have been paying attention in class. In books such as The
City, The Island, The Great Bear and An Ordinary Day his art reflects his European background. Charcoal
often features in his work.