Apollo the Powerful Owl

Apollo the Powerful Owl decides to change his diet, but when he does his tummy growls and grumbles and rumbles and tumbles, and he feels sick and weak. Wilfred the Wise Old Owl gives him some sensible advice. When Apollo takes the advice, something wonderful happens. The magnificent Powerful Owl, Australia’s largest owl, is now a threatened species. This means their numbers are declining and they could become extinct. Through this story about Apollo, an imaginary Powerful Owl, you will learn many things about this majestic Australian bird.

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Dr Gordon Winch has written widely for 30 years in a variety of genres. His work ranges from stories and poetry for children to tertiary publications in the field of literacy. He was twice a finalist for the Koala Award, best book of the year, as chosen by children and his work has sold successfully overseas. His most well-known books being Samantha Seagull’s Sandals and Enoch the Emu. He believes that the greatest reward for his writing is that children enjoy his books.

Gordon is committed to children’s literacy; he is on the Advisory Committee of the Dymocks Literacy Foundation and is a member of the selection panel of the New South Wales Premier’s Reading Challenge.



Stephen Pym lives in Sydney with his wife Anna and son Daniel. He has a Palaeobiology degree with honours in Wildlife Illustration and has worked for many years in natural resource management. Steve finds inspiration for his artwork in the plants, animals and landscapes of the bushland around Sydney. He enjoys depicting these in a realistic manner, working in acrylic, watercolour or pencil.

Apollo the Powerful Owl is Stephen’s first published book. Stephen was shortlisted for the Crichton Award for his illustrations in Apollo the Powerful Owl.

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