Friday 30 April 2021

An Amazing Australian Road Trip

An Amazing Australian Road Trip by Jackie Hosking, illustrated by Lesley Vamos (Walker Books) HB RRP $24.99 ISBN 9781760650766

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

An Amazing Australian Road Trip is an entertaining and informative picture book that introduces the reader to many of Australia’s most fascinating places, including some World Heritage and National Heritage listed sites.

A family of five enjoy a fun road trip around Australia in search of the perfect picnic spot for Auntie’s 60th birthday. They stop in every state and territory and enjoy a range of tourist attractions and landmarks. However, Aunty doesn’t feel that any of the locations are quite right for her special occasion. What will it take to find the ideal place for the celebration?

The humorous tale may be read aloud in its entirety so that young listeners can enjoy the rhythm, rhyme and storyline without interruption. Alternatively, the pace may be slowed so that a more curious audience can stop and absorb the additional text presented on each page. The non-fiction component of the book contains a myriad of interesting facts and figures about these natural, historical and indigenous places of significance.

The digitally created cartoon-like illustrations are presented on double page spreads and depict plenty of action to engage a young audience. It is worth spending some extra time looking at the front and back endpapers for a comical comparison.

An Amazing Australian Road Trip is recommended for readers aged 5 years and older.

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