Thursday, 21 January 2021

Backyard Bugs

 

Backyard Bugs by Helen Milroy (Fremantle Press) HB RRP $14.95 ISBN 9781760990282

Reviewed by Dianne Bates

From the author of Backyard Birds, shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year, the latest picture book by Aboriginal Helen Milroy takes the reader into the garden to share her collection of creepy critters. Written in rhyming couplets, this picture book will doubtless teach kids about the scurrying, scuttling, scooting, buzzing, zooming splendour of insects such as ants, dragonflies, beetles and more.

It is a simple book, just the right size for small hands, with beautiful, bold patterned illustrations which showcase Aboriginal art with its use of dots, swirls, and other decorations. The reader will discover that a spider has eight legs, that a caterpillar turns into a butterfly and that ‘snail and slug slip slide on leaves.’ The colours are vibrant, with each left-hand side page displaying the text on full-colour pages, with the insect represented on the right-hand side. The detailed end papers in green and brown show all the insects in the book against whirling patterns.

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