SHORTLISTED – 2018 Speech Pathology Australia's Book of the Year (Birth to Three Years category)
In this delightful Early Childhood board book, Tori-Jay Mordey's graphic illustrations bring the city to life in all its colourful glory. Mordey's bold and painterly art style celebrates the pace of the cityscape, whether it be her built environment of tall buildings and big signs, or her moving panorama of long buses.
With a fresh and youthful eye, Tori-Jay captures the quirky gait of walking dogs and a jittery assembly of hungry pigeons as they share the streets with happy buskers and lots of people!
In the City I See is also a gentle snapshot of how our Indigenous culture is reflected in our cities. It will become a valuable and loved addition to family book collections and libraries in rural, regional and urban areas.
Third release of the ‘Young Art’ Board Book series that showcases young Indigenous artists.
Author Magabala Books
Magabala Books is Australia's oldest independent Indigenous publishing house. Based in the pearling town of Broome in the far north of Western Australia, Magabala Books is one of the most remote publishing houses in the world.
Magabala Books has commissioned a number of early childhood books, and has developed the text in-house with the assistance of early-childhood literacy and educational experts.
About the Illustrator
Tori-Jay Mordey was born on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait and is descended from the Meriam and Maluyigal clans. She is inspired by contemporary artists and holds a Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art from Griffith University in Brisbane.
In 2012, she was awarded the black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship with writer, Jillian Boyd. Their book Bakir & Bi marked Tori-Jay’s illustrating debut. It was published by Magabala Books in 2013. This book is no longer in print, but Jillian and Tori-Jay intend to include the story in a new publication.
Tori-Jay has loved drawing from a very young age and is inspired by contemporary artists like Jae Liu Wubao Russ Mills James Jean Aaron Horkey and Banksy.