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Ted Prior
"Grug began his life as the top of a Burrawong tree. Resembling a small, striped haystack with feet and a nose, he is fascinated by the world around him and solves everyday problems creatively and without fuss. When dancing instructions are too difficult to understand, Grug invents his own dance and calls it 'The Grug'. When snails eat his cabbages, Grug plants more cabbages so there will be enough for both him and the snails."

Grug was first created by Ted Prior while he was living with his family on a small farm in rural New South Wales. Around 1978 Ted was starting to read stories to his two youngest children who were then very young. As they were living in the bush he decided to create an imaginary bush character and write a story about it. Ted doodled around on paper and Grug was born!

Ted’s first Grug children's book was published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1979. This was followed by the release of more than 20 highly-popular and much-loved Grug picture books by 1992. Due to Grug's lasting popularity, the original book series has since been republished by Simon & Schuster and new titles have been released. 

Set in the Australian bush, each of the stories puts Grug in a tricky situation which leads to a brief, exciting climax and then a reassuring resolution. Ted Prior’s illustrations are bright and very simple – beginner readers will enjoy retelling the story through the pictures.

Ted previously worked as a police officer and art teacher. He also worked in children's TV and animation. It is now been more than 40 years since he started his Grug series of children's picture books.

Fun facts

  • Grug has had over 33 different adventures.  
  • When he learns to dance he names the dance "The Grug"
  • The scientific name for the Burrwong tree is macrozamia communis.  
  • Grug’s favourite colour is green. 
  • When Grug decides to teach himself how to read he is excited to be able to enjoy his favourite book of all – Grug!
  • In Grug Meets a Dinosaur, Grug mistakes a goanna for a fearsome prehistoric creature and tries to run away.  
  • Grug’s best friend is Cara the Carpet snake.
  • Grug celebrated 40 years last year.  
  • Grug has been adapted into two internationally-acclaimed theatre productions: Grug and Grug and the Rainbow.  
  • There is now a Grug collectable plush toy.

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