Possum Magic

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Possum Magic
Possum Magic.jpg
First edition
AuthorMem Fox
IllustratorJulie Vivas
Cover artistJulie Vivas
GenreChildren's picture book
PublisherOmnibus Books
Publication date
Pages32 (unpaginated)

Possum Magic is a picture book by Australian author Mem Fox.


The two main characters are Grandma Poss and Hush. Hush has been made invisible by Grandma to protect her from Australian bush dangers. The story details the duo's adventures as they tour Australia searching for the secret to Hush's visibility. It is a rhythmical story of Australia's varied landscapes and the animals in them.


Fox wrote her first draft for Possum Magic in 1978, during a course in children's literature at Flinders University. Over five years, nine publishers rejected the draft. When it was accepted by Omnibus Books in Adelaide they asked Fox to reduce the four-and-a-half page book, then titled Hush the Invisible Mouse, by two-thirds and to change the mice to Australian animals to place emphasis on her Australian theme. As of 2011, Possum Magic sold three million copies.[1]

In 2017, the Royal Australian Mint struck a series of $1 and $2 coins to commemorate the book.[2]


A stage show adaptation was developed by Monkey Baa Theatre Company and is touring Australia in 2019.[3][4] The adaptation was given a positive review by Judith Greenaway for ArtsHub Australia, who called it "detailed and beautiful and respectful of the original work".[5]



  1. ^ "Fox, Mem (1946-)", Trove, 2011, retrieved 2012-05-01
  2. ^ "Discover the wonder of Possum Magic with limited edition collector coin series". Royal Australian Mint. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Possum Magic | Monkey Baa Theatre Company, Darling Quarter". Monkey Baa. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  4. ^ "Possum Magic stage show to tour the country". Radio National. 2019-04-15. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  5. ^ Greenaway, Judith. "Review: Possum Magic, Sydney Opera House". ArtsHub Australia. Retrieved 2019-07-10.

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