Friday, March 2, 2018


Written by: Marcia Vaughan and Sascha Hutchinson

First line: It was a sun-hot, sky-dry day as Joey and Mama Roo stopped to drink at the edge of a the Tumba-Rumba River.

Why you should read this book: A light-hearted trickster-tricked type story, featuring a cast of Australian animals and the type of repetitive text that keeps kids focused on participating in the story. Little Joey talks a variety of animals into teaching him new games, despite the oppressive heat, but his inability to discern friend from foe leads the group of friends into the dark maw of an opportunistic crocodile. Includes a short glossary with additional information about Australian animals.

Why you shouldn't read this book: There's a certain degree of ridiculousness to stories where characters escape from inside the monster's mouth.

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