Saturday 16 May 2020

Rocky and Louie

Rocky and Louie by Phil Walley-stack, Raewyn Caisley and Dub Leffler, (Puffin Books), HB RRP $24.99 ISBN: 978143786528

      Reviewed by Dianne Bates

      Noongar man and emerging elder, Phil Wally-Stack, a champion of reconciliation, an internationally known musician, entrepreneur, film maker and role model, has collaborated with white woman, Raewyn Caisley, to write this picture book. 

It’s about older brother Rocky who teaches his young brother Louie all about tribal ways, including belonging and traditions. The two also play football together, but one day Rocky announces he needs to go to the city to follow his dreams. Upset, Louie begs him to stay, but when it is clear Rocky will leave, Louie, with the help of his elders, makes his brother a boomerang. This is a reminder to Rocky that, like the boomerang, he will return. And he does.

      This is a simple story with beautiful, appealing pastel illustrations by Dub Leffler who is descended from the Bigamul people of south-west Queensland. Details about the three book creators are shown in the front of the book.

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