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The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international distinction given to authors and illustrators of children's books.
Given every other year by IBBY, the Hans Christian Andersen Awards recognize lifelong achievement and are given to an author and an illustrator whose complete works have made an important, lasting contribution to children's literature.
Plenty of his books for young people are already classics in Latin America and Spain …
Some of his short-stories (several are considered the best short-stories in Spanish and American contemporary literature) seem to have been inspired by dreams, others resemble poems, but all of them are stories.
His first novel, Danger Wave was published in 1990.
After completing his schooling in Australia, he travelled to New Zealand where he worked in a range of practical jobs including gardener, gravedigger and hotel porter.