Morris Gleitzman

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Morris Gleitzman
Morris Gleitzman at Ingleburn Library (6081386435).jpg
Born (1953-01-09) 9 January 1953 (age 66)
Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England
Alma materUniversity of Canberra
Notable worksThe Toad series, The Once series, Two Weeks with the Queen

Morris Gleitzman (born 9 January 1953) is an English-born Australian author of children's and young adult fiction.[1] He has gained recognition for sparking an interest in AIDS in his controversial novel Two Weeks with the Queen (1990).

Gleitzman has collaborated on children's series with another Australian children's author, Paul Jennings. Gleitzman has also published three collections of his newspaper columns for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald as books for an adult readership, and he used to write for the popular Norman Gunston Show in the 1970s.[2] His latest book in the "Once" series, Maybe, was released in 2017.[3] His most successful books are the Toad series of books.[4]

In February 2018 Gleitzman was named the Australian Children's Laureate for 2018-2019.[5]

Early life[edit]

Gleitzman was born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire.[6] He moved to Australia when he was 16.[7]



Year Title Imprint Notes
1987 The Other Facts of Life First novel. Started out as a screenplay which he turned into a novel.
1989 Two Weeks with the Queen
1991 Misery Guts
1992 Worry Warts Sequel to Misery Guts
1993 Blabber Mouth "Gleitzman (Misery Guts, 1993, etc.) writes in a direct, charming style and short (often one sentence) paragraphs that makes these easy-to-read misadventures extra appealing."[8] Adapted into a play of the same name by Mary Morris in 1996.
1994 Sticky Beak Sequel to Blabber Mouth
1995 Puppy Fat Sequel to Misery Guts and Worry Warts
Second Childhood
1996 Belly Flop
1997 Water Wings Pan Macmillan Australia Loose sequel to Belly Flop
1998 Bumface
Wicked! Co-written with Paul Jennings
1999 Gift of the Gab Sequel to Blabber Mouth and Sticky Beak
2000 Toad Rage
Self Helpless Self-help book
2001 Adults Only
Deadly Co-written with Paul Jennings
2002 Boy Overboard
2003 Toad Heaven Sequel to Toad Rage
2004 Teacher's Pet
Toad Away Sequel to Toad Rage and Toad Heaven
2005 Girl Underground Sequel to Boy Overboard
Worm Story
2006 Aristotle's Nostril
Once Puffin Books, Australia "A resonant shot to the heart—Gleitzman delivers a sharp sense of what it must have been like to be a child during the Holocaust, forced to grow up far too quickly."[9]
2007 Doubting Thomas
Give Peas a Chance Collection of short stories.

Features characters from Misery Guts, Blabber Mouth, Second Childhood, Belly Flop, Adults Only, Teacher's Pet, Worm Story and Aristotle's Nostril

2008 Toad Surprise Sequel to Toad Rage, Toad Heaven and Toad Away
2009 Then "Sequel to the searing Once (2010), this tale of young people trying to survive in Poland during World War II is equally powerful."[10]
2010 Now Sequel to Once and Then "Readers of the first two books will recognize a great deal, and those who have not should read them to gain a fuller picture of the years before and those in which we live."[11]
Tickled Onions Collection of short stories. Contains some stories from Give Peas a Chance
2011 Too Small to Fail
Pizza Cake Collection of short stories. Contains some stories from Tickled Onions
2012 After Sequel to Once, Then and Now
2013 Extra Time
2014 Loyal Creatures Melbourne : Viking/Penguin Australia
2015 Soon Sequel to Once, Then, Now and After
2016 Toad Delight Sequel to Toad Rage, Toad Heaven, Toad Away and Toad Surprise.
Snot Chocolate Collection of short stories
2017 Maybe Sequel to Once, Then, Now, After and Soon
2018 Funny Stories Collection of short stories. Contains all stories from Give Peas A Chance, Pizza Cake and Snot Chocolate, plus one new story.
Help Around the House

Critical studies and reviews of Gleitzman's work[edit]

  • Starke, Ruth (September 2014). "Horses for courses". Australian Book Review. 364: 44–45. Review, inter alia, of Loyal creatures.


  • 1993
    • Bilby Award (Blabber Mouth)[1]
    • CROW Award (Blabber Mouth)[1]
  • 1994
    • CROW Award (Sticky Beak)[1]
  • 1997
    • COOL Award (Belly Flop)[1]
  • 1998
    • Bilby Award (Bumface)[1]
    • COOL Award (Bumface)
    • KOALA Award (Bumface)
    • YABBA Award (Bumface)
  • 2001
    • YABBA Award: Older Readers (Toad Rage)[1]
  • 2008
    • ANTO Cole Award (Toad Rage)[1]
  • 2016


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Austlit - Morris Gleitzman
  2. ^ About Morris Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  3. ^ "Maybe". Trove Books, National Library of Australia. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  4. ^ Morris, The Toad King. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  5. ^ Morris, Linda (12 February 2018). "Australia's new children's laureate Morris Gleitzman hopes to inspire children in dark, uncertain world". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Author Page: Morris Gleitzman Biography". Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  7. ^ "Morris Gleitzman". Talking Heads. ABC. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Blabber Mouth review". Kirkus Media LLC. 1 May 1995. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Once review". Kirkus Media LLC. 15 March 2010. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Then review". Kirkus Media LLC. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Now review". Kirkus Media LLC. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  12. ^ Book of the Year – Winners 2016, Children's Book Council of Australia

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