Matt Zurbo is an Australian writer of children's literature and young-adult fiction.
Zurbo's first work to be published was in 1996 with his children's picture book, entitled Blow Kid Blow!, by Penguin Books and illustrated by Jeff Raglus. He also self published a book of poetry, entitled Writing By Moonlight. In 1997 Zurbo along with illustrater Dean Gorrissen published his second picture book entitled I Got a Rocket!. I Got a Rocket! was later turned into an animated TV series of the same name by SLR Productions and won the 2008 Emmy Award for new approaches, daytime children's programming. He also released his first young-adult novels in 1997, with Idiot Pride and Flyboy and the Invisible, both published by Penguin Books. Idiot Pride was a short-list nominee for the 1998 Children's Book of the Year Award: Older Readers award. In 2004 Zurbo released his third young-adult novel, entitled Hot Nights, Cool Dragons which was a finalist for the 2004 Aurealis Award for best young-adult novel but lost to Scott Westerfeld's The Secret Hour. He also released a compilation CD of the same name, featuring artists that inspired parts of the book. In 2008 Zurbo returned to children's picture books, releasing two with publisher Hachette.
Children's fiction 
- Blow Kid Blow! (1996, illustrated by Jeff Raglus)
- I Got a Rocket! (1997, illustrated by Dean Gorrissen)
- My Dad's a Wrestler (2009, illustrated by Dean Gorissen)
- Lu-Lu's Wish (2008, illustrated by Ben de Quadros-Wander)
- Fred the Croc (2008, illustrated by Sarah Dunk)
- Writing by Moonlight (1996)
Young-adult novels 
- Flyboy and the Invisible (1997)
- Idiot Pride (1997)
- Hot Nights, Cool Dragons (2004)
Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award
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