by FRENCH, Jackie & WHATLEY, Bruce

ISBN: 9781743834824
Australian: Yes
Published: 2023 by Scholastic Australia
Level: Primary Years (3-5)


High-level production with masterful illustrations that support and extend the text, this book explores the theme of environmental sustainability. Narration from the perspective of a locust is original, encouraging empathy towards challenges faced by the species. Language is simple and kept to a minimum on each page, at times allowing illustrations to dominate the narrative and its implications. Inference is strong throughout the text, from the implied meaning of not listening to the wisdom of First Peoples, through to mismanagement of the locust problem and the subsequent impact. Illustrations, created digitally, effectively reflect the narrative and enhance meaning. Beautiful colour palette dominated by natural and earthly tones suits the story’s theme and mood very well. Variation in design and layout maximise interest, with author’s notes at the back of the book providing factual context.

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