Mary A. Brooks illustrated and authored a large number of children's
books mainly during the 1950s and 1960s, the important period when colourful
children's illustration was beginning to flourish. Her work is charming
and highly detailed whilst retaining a soft edge, and is often aimed
at younger children. She was celebrated especially for her illustrated
stories centering on animal family life.
References: Written and illustrated by Mary Brooks: The
Evacuees. A Tale for Children, 1942; Green Bacon. A Tale for
Children, 1942; Who will play with me? 1963; One, Two, Three.
1., 2., 3., 1966; Animal Adventures, 1967; Animal
Paradise, 1967; Hey Diddle Diddle Rhymes, 1966; Jack
and Jill Rhymes, 1966; Animal Wonderland, 1967; Nursery
Rhymes, 1969; The Adventures of Rufus, 1969;
Illustrated by Mary Brooks: Smith, P. Kimba, 1945;
Graham, S. M. The Adventures of Peppty the Pixie, 1952; Battersby,
M. A. Little Kanga's Pocket, 1952; Smith, P. Fun in Twistle
Wood, 1953; Battersby, M. A. The Lonely Little Turtle, 1953,
Macrow, B. G. J. Field Folk. Verses, 1958; Kandy Colour
Strip Book, 1958; White, J.D.B. Kandy in Bunny-Babe Land, 1958;
White, J.D.B. Kandy meets the Bunny-Babes, 1958; Hodgetts,
S. The New Big Sleep Time Book, 1959; Rock, N. Bobo and
the Crocodile, 1961; Rock, N. The Hat, 1960; Macrow, B.
G. J. Babies of the Wild, 1962; Edwards, L. Calling
all Bears, 1964; Hodgetts, S. Sleepy Time Tales, 1964;
Edwards, L. Calling all Pets, 1966; Turner, E. S. Seven
Little Australians, 1975; Hayes, B. Baby Animal Stories, 1979;
Hayes, B. Before I go to Sleep, 1978; Hayes, B. Peppy
the Little Fairy, and nine other tales, 1980; Hayes, B. Pixie
Peapod, and nine other tales, 1980; Hayes, B. Pook goes bump,
and nine other tales, 1980; Hayes, B. Pucki the Piper, and
nine other tales, 1980; Hayes, B. A Visit to Fairyland, 1980;.