When You’re Older

Sofie Laguna, illustrated by Judy Watson

By two highly acclaimed, award-winning creators, When You’re Older celebrates the joys of childhood adventures and imaginings, the creative spirit and the powerful bond between brothers.
When you’re older, we’ll ride together on our bikes through the jungle. We’ll see snakes on branches of trees.
Beautiful, warm and evocative, Sofie Laguna’s poetic text and Judy Watson’s richly imagined and detailed illustrations invite the reader to share the brothers’ palpable sense of joy and togetherness, curiosity and courage, as they explore the far reaches of this wild and amazing world.

This beautiful book gives us the life we’d all love our children to have, out in the natural world, revelling in its beauty and truly being part of it. The exquisite illustrations are bursting with energy and colour, the language is rich yet simple …. It really hits the spot, right in your heart.

- Alison Lester

This is a very special picture book for all ages. We are with the brothers all the way – on the last pages, holding our breath. A masterpiece.

- Ann James

A heart-warming story about the powerful bond between brothers.

- Margaret Wild

Picture Books

Sofie Laguna & Judy Watson

Sofie Laguna is an award-winning author for children and adults. She has been shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Awards and twice awarded Honour Book by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

Judy Watson has won the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, been selected for the International White Ravens, and shortlisted for the CBCA Eve Pownall Award.

Allen & Unwin

Allen & Unwin is Australia’s leading independent publisher and is the 2020 Publisher of the Year, a title we’ve now held fourteen times. Our lists are unrivalled in scope and quality, our focus on original ideas and voices, and our acclaimed authors and titles amongst Australia’s best.

When You’re Older
Rights sold
Japanese (Tokuma Shoten), Korean (Finger)
Carey Schroeter