Kirrili Lonergan is a picture book illustrator, art therapist and book lover residing in Newcastle, NSW. She has a passion for visual storytelling and self-expression through
art. She loves sharing her skills with children and relates warmly to their needs through her former years working as a paediatric nurse. She is the illustrator for the Lessons of a
LAC picture book series and the co-creator of the Lessons of a LAC anxiety management package. She was shortlisted for the Speech Pathology of Australia Awards in 2018 for
‘Ollie's Treasure’ and 2022 for ‘But I’m NOT Hungry for my Dinner.’
She enjoys sharing her journey with children and encouraging them to enjoy the process of creating art.
Her profile can be found on The Style File and SCBWI.
I found the illustrations breathtaking, making me feel like it's a lazy summer day with a gentle breeze. Nayu (Nayu's Reading Corner)
The beautiful illustrations are watercolours in soft pastel shades and just fit the story perfectly.
Dandelions is just the perfect book for every parent to share with their children, as it's beautiful and heartwarming and at the same time the wee ones learn that seeds will grow into plants.
Highly recommended. 5 stars. MasterReader
Themes of working together, learning, and allowing the creative imagination of a child to take form, are beautifully expressed in this delightful picture book.
Delicate illustrations by the always expressive work of Kirrili Lonergan, depict the joy of anticipation, followed by the disappointment on the child’s face, then the energy that lifts Billy as he is making something as he imagines it. Anastasia, Kids' Book Review
The 32 pages of the book are adorned with detailed artistic pictures by Kirrili Lonergan giving an additional dimension to the tale. I love the pictures for being simply drawn but with detail and special beauty all at the same time. This is an ideal book for DAD’S to read with children on Father’s Day, it tops my list of book’s for dads on Father’s Day. ∼ Phil Robinson - blogger
Dreamy illustrations and gentle prose make this a story to share. Boomerang Books
Jenkins reminds us how the little things in life become commonplace, losing their uniqueness, but should be experienced as treasures themselves. Through Lonergan's animated watercolor and ink illustrations, readers will enjoy the "cheeky rat" Ollie as he hops, jumps, and spins his way across the pages filled with beehive-shaped houses and colorful gardens using each of his senses ... A wonderful exercise in finding that happiness isn't that far away, and is perfect to use in the classroom. Linda's Little Lit Reviews