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Ellie the Phantastic

By Melanie Creagh - Illustrated by Bridget Acreman - ISBN: 9781922851406

RRP: $24.95

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Melanie is a passionate children’s book author who grew up on Turramurra and Meanjin land (Sydney and Brisbane). With South African and Australian heritage, she draws inspiration from her multicultural experiences and the captivating worlds around them.

Writing stories has always been a cherished endeavour for Melanie, allowing her to delve into the realms of imagination and bring forth narratives that resonate with young readers. She often weaves majestic creatures into her tales, celebrating their beauty, wisdom and the valuable lessons they teach. Identity and friendship are recurring themes in her works, as she believes in the power of storytelling to explore one’s sense of self, foster connections and promote empathy among young readers.

Through these narratives, Melanie invites children to embark on extraordinary journeys filled with adventure, self-discovery and heartwarming friendships. Her books aim to inspire young minds, encouraging young readers to embrace their own unique identities while appreciating the diverse world around them.

Ellie the Phantastic

By Melanie Creagh - Illustrated by Bridget Acreman - ISBN: 9781922851406

RRP: $24.95

Ellie the Phantastic is an elephant
with a magical trunk.

She can water the trees, conjure flowers and illuminate the dark.

When her best friend Beatrice, a giant butterfly, moves away, Ellie’s magic vanishes!

Join Ellie as she learns that with friends, even the toughest situations can have a happy ending.

*Age recommended 3 to 8 years old

“A beautiful story of how true friendship can bring happiness wherever it goes.” Nancy, Indie Book reviewer



I’m Bridget, a children’s book illustrator and motion designer from the Central Coast in Australia.
Creating art makes me a better person. I adore making fun, bright and whimsical illustrations and artwork for kids and big kids at heart. I love it when my work can make people smile.
I studied animation and visual effects and have been a broadcast designer for the last 5 years creating exciting and engaging motion design for news and current affairs.
I also have a diploma in transpersonal art therapy and I have a strong passion for children, mental health and helping kids realise their potential through creativity.


2024 QLD Literary Award Ellie the Phantastic

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.

We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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Australian Publishers Association SPN