Caroline Magerl – Piano Fingers


Caroline Magerl was born near Frankfurt in Germany and emigrated to Australia when she was aged two. She lived on a yacht her family built until she was fourteen. In 2001 Caroline was awarded the Children’s Book Council of Australia Crichton Award for new talent in children’s book illustrations for her picture book Grandma’s Shoes (written by Libby Hathorn). Later she was awarded a May Gibbs Fellowship and received an ASA children’s picture book grant to work on her book Hasel and RoseMaya and Cat was Caroline’s first book with @WalkerBooksAus, which went on to become a CBCA Notable and was shortlisted in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Nop was a CBCA Honour book and was shortlisted in the Queensland Literary Awards.



It was a pleasure to read that Caroline Magerl was honoured recently at an annual event in London as a guest of honour. Further information can be found at:


Caroline’s art can be discovered further and purchase enquiries can be made at



Sypnosis via

  • From the author/illustrator who brought you the critically acclaimed picture books Maya and Cat and Nop.
  • Caroline Magerl’s artwork continues to be gorgeous and strongly evocative.
  • This book teaches kids that it’s okay not to excel at everything – especially with a loving older sibling to support you.


Piano Fingers is a charming picture book about finding your talent, even if it takes some time and a little help.

Isla and Bea are two sisters who share a love of music. Big sister Isla plays the violin and Bea is waiting for her music to start. With the help of Maestro Gus, the cat ghost of the piano, Bea will make her sparkling debut. Piano Fingers is the latest magical creation from an award-winning and internationally distinguished creator that hits all the right notes.


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