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Saturday 22 December 2012

Review: Bubbay: A Christmas Adventure

Bubbay lives in the outback. He tends a herd of goats, running over the red earth with his bare feet, clapping to scare the dingoes away.

A loner and always on his own with his herd, Bubbay longs to spend Christmas day with someone special. He has no family, no mother. On Christmas Eve, he makes a wish upon the stars above - for a Christmas tree.

The stars hear him. Suddenly, a shimmering comet appears in the sky and lands right next to Bubbay on the red earth. It's a tree! This tree tasks Bubbay with finding five very special tree decorations, in order to make his wish come true. Alas, these decorations are hard to come by.

Can Bubbay find the decorations and secure his wish?

This is a beautiful tale by author Joe Wowolla Boyle, a Wonghi woman from Western Australia, told in a heartwarming and fable-like way. Striking illustrations by Fern Martins, the founder of Boomalli Aboriginal Arts Cooperative, come together with text to form a unique and charming festive picture book.

Hopeful, loving, bright - all this Christmas.

Title: Bubbay: A Christmas Adventure
Author: Josie Wowolla Boyle
Illustrator: Fern Martins
Publisher: Magabala Books, $19.95 RRP
Publication Date: October 2012
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781921248726
For ages: 4 - 11
Type: Picture Book