Shortlisted for Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Picture Book of the Year 2008.
'...offers an important message. Powerful and timely, it provokes discussion about one of the most pertinent issues facing us today...stunning artwork and clear, concise text...appeals to all ages.'Toowoomba Chronicle, 18/8/07'...an important book, and no less important for being pitched at young children as well as adults. The way it reveals the prejudice inherent in humanity is superb...a kind of anti-fairy tale...There are many aspects of The Islandwhich make it wonderful...belongs on bookshelves everywhere.'blogcritics.org, 28/8/07
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 Great Bear and An Ordinary Day his art reflects his European background. Charcoal often features in his work.