One Shell of a Story


Blaxland’s Amelia McInerney certainly knows how to make children laugh, with the talented author releasing her second children’s book, Bad Crab, this month.

Bad Crab, published by Scholastic and launched late last month at The Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft, is a brand-new tale that comes hot off the heals of Amelia’s first book, The Book Chook, which was released in March this year.

“It’s an almost-wordless picture book, illustrated by Philip Bunting (who shot to picture book fame in 2017 with his first book, Mopoke). It’s a fun, action-packed story that appeals to all ages as it reads like a comic book. Humour, high drama and a highly flawed main character afford the subtle exploration of the book’s themes: impulse control, consequences, empathy and making friends” explained Amelia.

She recently attended the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Conference ‘And Now They’re Laughing’ in Canberra, where Bad Crab was showcased on Scholastic’s trade table. Whilst there, Amelia met lots of teachers, teacher librarians and kidlit industry people and she also attended The Book Chook signings.

McInerney has had two more texts accepted for publication; another picture book with Scholastic (this will be her sixth picture book) and a comic-book style story for a funny middle-grade anthology, Funny Bones. This is due out in October with Allen and Unwin and all proceeds for this will go to War Child.

“I’ve started visiting local schools, preschools and childcare centres to share my books and inspire kids to read and write” she added.

The next time your child has Book Week at school, you very well may see a student dressed up as The Book Chook or Bad Crab, all thanks to Amelia’s amazing ability to make fun books for kids to read.

“All my books are funny, which is a good thing it seems” smiled Amelia.
For more information about Amelia McInerney, visit You can also find her on Facebook and Instagram.

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