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Wednesday 7 September 2011

Review: The Grumpy Lighthouse Keeper

One dark and stormy night, the lighthouse in Broome is overwhelmed by a storm. The lighthouse keeper rushes to ensure the lamp is well lit, and while he is gone – an unexpected parade of marine animals make their way inside, out of the storm.

Cassius the Crab, Trev the Turtle, Jacob the Jellyfish, Olena the Octopus and Bruce the Bluebone fish hustle inside to find cosy solace… in the lighthouse keeper’s bed!

Of course, you can imagine the reception they receive when the grumpy keeper returns!

It was fascinating to learn about the Broome lighthouse at Gantheaume Point. Built in 1905, the light was fuelled by kerosene and looked after by a lighthouse keeper until 1922, when the light was connected to mains electricity… and sadly, a lighthouse keeper was needed no more.

Author Corpus is a Yawuru and Nyul Nyul woman from the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. She is an early childhood teacher and originally wrote The Grumpy Lighthouse Keeper as a literacy tool for her preschool programmes.

Illustrator Prewett is descended from the Ngarluma people of the Pilbara Region in Western Australia. She works with Corpus in early learning programmes, and her artwork is in collections all over Australia.

A sweet and funny tale animal-lovers will adore, with that delectable touch of history.

Title: The Grumpy Lighthouse Keeper
Author: Terrizita Corpus
Illustrator: Maggie Prewett
Publisher: Magabala Books, $17.95
Publication Date: May 2011
ISBN: 9781921248337
Format: Soft cover
For ages: 3 – 8
Type: Picture Book