Dave is a Brisbane-based writer of eleven acclaimed books aimed at children 7 - 11 years old, and four plays.
The Stinky and Jinks books (Piccadilly) follow the exciting adventures of a boy and his genius hamster. The first book, My Hamster is a Genius, was highly commended at the prestigious Sheffield Book Awards in the UK in 2013 (second only to Tom Gates) and the series (six books) has been translated into six languages, and has sold over 150,000 copies worldwide. The series was reprinted in a new edition in 2018.
Dave is also the author of two Squirrel Boy books, illustrated by Cate James, about a new kind of superhero, and his 73 year-old sidekick, Mrs Onions. The first book, Squirrel Boy vs The Bogeyman, won a Lancashire Fantastic Book award in 2016.
Dave’s latest series, The Incredible Dadventure (released by Allen & Unwin in Australia) follows the hilarious, death-defying adventures of Holly and her explorer dad. The series was included in the UK-wide Summer Reading Program and the first book, The Incredible Dadventure, won the Teach Primary Award in 2018.
In 2019 and 2020, alongside writing new middle grade fiction, Dave has adapted Andy Griffiths’ Aussie classic The Day My Bum Went Psycho for the stage – it had a sell-out run – as well as adaptations of My Hamster is a Genius, My Hamster is a Pirate, and, for 2021, an original play, Goldilocks, all with Brisbane Arts Theatre.
Most recently, he’s written Café, an episode of the hit TV show, Bluey.
Praise for Dave’s ‘Stinky and Jinks’ books:
“With its use of plentiful humour, terrific characters, simple language and appealing illustrations, this series is perfect for emerging independent readers.” Sunday Tasmanian.
“Full of humour and banter that will make you laugh out loud.” Manchester Evening News, Children’s Book of the Week.
Dave was great, he had the children smiling and engaged throughout each of his 45 minute interactive session that he did with our year 3-6 students. The quick chats I had with teachers and students on the last day of term all indicated that he was a hit, I think I will need to order additional copies of his books to keep up with borrowing demand 😊
Emmaus College - September, 2020Emmaus College - September, 2020Dave Lowe
Dave was engaging and entertaining. He listened to our needs and interests and adapted his presentation accordingly. Our Year 4-6 boys were mesmerised by Dave and his humour. His writing tips were practical and age-appropriate. Teachers and students commented that they enjoyed his talk. He even donated a book to one of our students. Thanks Dave, for visiting us and we look forward to having you again soon!
Ambrose Treacy College - September, 2020Ambrose Treacy College - September, 2020Dave Lowe
Popular children's author Dave Lowe visited Genesis Christian College in August. He successfully engaged our Upper Primary students by using humour as he challenged them to create interesting stories. Our students were very responsive and learnt inspiring writing tips such as 'tell, not show' when crafting descriptions of characters.
Genesis Christian College - August 2020Genesis Christian College - August 2020Dave Lowe
Dave's speech, peppered with lots of Dad jokes and humorous anecdotes, entertained all age groups at our annual Father&Son; Breakfast. Dave also gave 2 great writing tips to the Year 1-4 boys when he met with them back at the College - Edit, edit, edit; and ask What if? to fire your imagination. We found that Dave's ability to relate to any age and to make an impact on their writing made him an instant favourite with students and adults alike!
Thanks Dave for a great day!
Moreton Bay Boys' College - August 2019Moreton Bay Boys' College - August 2019Dave Lowe
Dave's presentation was engaging and differentiated to meet the skills of each group. We had some targeted intensive workshops that allowed our children to gain a deeper understanding of the writing process. Children were actively engaged throughout the whole session and couldn't wait to put the skills into practice. All our teachers took new information away with them to implement in their classrooms. Dave's presentation was engaging and fun.
Coombabah State School - August 2018Coombabah State School - August 2018Dave Lowe