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Hilary Badger

Author

Hilary is the author of the Space Scout series, which follows the adventures of Kip Kirby, an intrepid space explorer. Hilary’s alter-ego is H.I. Larry, the mysterious author of the popular Zac Power series.

What other jobs have you had?

As well as a children’s book author, I also work as a copywriter in an advertising agency. I’ve created campaigns from all kinds of products from underwear to cat food, chocolate bars and ice cream.

What themes are recurring in your work?

My books are designed to be action-packed and fun to read. I don’t want anyone to feel reading my books is a chore. They’re fun, exciting and a bit silly – books that kids who don’t like reading like to read.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Author appearances are a highlight for me. Last year I toured Queensland and a boy gave me a big hug and said, “Today is the best day of my life!”. I’ve NEVER had anyone respond like that to one of my TV commercials!

Where have your works been published?

My books are available globally, in languages ranging from Portuguese to Japanese. My TV ads and billboards are all over the place too!

What are you passionate about?

I love to think that my efforts could get kids reading. My dad reading me stories while sitting on his denim beanbag, (hey, it was the seventies), are some of my earliest, fondest memories of childhood. I hope I can give other kids some of those memories too.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I love my surname, Badger! Did you know that the African Honey Badger is pound-for-pound the most vicious animal alive? Quite a cool namesake for a mild-mannered children’s book author.

Testimonials

We had another wonderful Visiting Author Day on 23/08/2012. The day was combined with favourite book character dress ups and parade for Book Week, so it was a fun filled busy literary day! Hilary Badger was terrific for all our children; her sessions were very interactive and enjoyed by all. We have had many positive comments from parents, and the children had very insightful questions for Hilary too. Two of our Grade 6 boys came back with more questions and discussion over recess, which Hilary found quite impressive. They were very pleased when I told them later just how impressed she was.

So thank you again Simon for suggesting Hilary and for all your behind the scenes arrangements. This is such a highlight for our school each year.

—F. Greenough, NCC Primary Library, September 2012

Absolutely loved it! So many positive comments from both teachers and students.

—Kaisu Tonkyra, Erasmus School, 2016

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