Thursday 10 March 2011

Bindi Wildlife Adventures: Lost

Bindi Wildlife Adventures: Lost by Jess Black (Random House)
PB RRP $9.95
ISBN 978-1-8647-1854-6
Reviewed by Oliver Phommavanh

Bindi’s largely successful series continues with Lost, one of four new books in the Wildlife Adventure collection. Lost is an interesting story set in Kakadu. The Irwins travel to the national park to visit some old friends. DJ is an aboriginal kid keeps Bindi and her brother Robert amused with all sorts of facts.

When Bindi and DJ find a tourist who has lost her boyfriend, they’re involved in the search. Bindi spots a cockatoo that seems to be trying tell them something. Will the cockatoo lead them to the missing boyfriend or will they become lost themselves?

DJ’s a funny character, eager to show his friends around, even if he’s unsure himself. The book briefly deals with what happens when you’re too proud to admit that you’re wrong. The story flows along, as Bindi and DJ try to find their way back. The book comes with a neat animal file on the sulphur-crested cockatoo.

Bindi’s latest book Lost will please fans with a great mix of facts and thrills. There’s also a wonderful conservation message that runs throughout every book. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

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