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Santa Skis the Murray

By Dave O'Neill - Illustrated By Isabella Gagliano - ISBN: 9781923101494

RRP: $29.95

Santa Skis the Murray
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Dave O'Neill has been writing rhymes since he was fifteen and managed to turn his passion into a career in journalism, media and communications.

After more than ten years living in Melbourne working in the footy industry, Dave has returned to his roots in Ballarat.

With two gorgeous kids under three, Dave is now chasing his dreams of writing books and hoping to inspire them to always shoot for the stars.

Santa Skis the Murray

By Dave O'Neill - Illustrated By Isabella Gagliano - ISBN: 9781923101494

RRP: $29.95

When a training flight ends in disaster,

Santa must conquer the iconic Murray River
in order to save Christmas.

This is a story to make you smile and perfect for
anyone who loves holidays by the river.

*Age recommended 3 to 8 years old


“Readers will have a thrilling time discovering Australia’s Murray River, as Santa explores a boat load of iconic locations. For river bound Aussie’s there are waves of nostalgia and budding childhood memories to indulge in. For new visitors, a packed itinerary of ripper new places awaits!” Emma – Indie Book Reviewer


Hi there! My name is Isabella Gagliano and I’m a Sydney-based Illustrator, animator and overall maker of cute things! Alongside my primary medium of 2D Animation, having recently completed a Bachelors of Animation [Honours] at UTS, I also enjoy illustration, making sewn handicrafts, merchandise design and costume design!
I am someone who loves a good story - bringing to life characters with bright colours and a sense of childlike wonder is my favourite thing to do with everything I make and I’m so excited to bring this into my work with Playtime Books! 

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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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