Pamela Allen is a phenomenon in the world of children's books. In twenty-eight years, she has produced thirty-nine picture books; many of which have won prestigious awards and commendations both in Australia and overseas. Pamela's books are full of the music of language; they are 'fragments of theatre', designed to be read aloud and shared between an adult and a child. Eight of Pamela's titles were adapted for the stage by Patch Theatre Company, and performed in the Sydney Opera House. In 2004, Grandpa and Thomas won the Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award: Early Childhood and The Potato People was named an Honour Book in the same category in 2003, and Grandpa and Thomas and the Green Umbrella was shortlisted for the same award in 2007. Pamela's picture books have earned classic status through their enduring popularity with the very young.