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Monday, 18 August 2014

Review: Meet Ned Kelly

Did you know, when Ned Kelly was a boy, he saved a mate from a drowning creek?

Did you know he swapped a horse to help his friend, but was later arrested because that horse was stolen?

Meet Ned Kelly is a non-fiction picture book detailing the life of Australia’s most famous bushranger.

You will find countless books about this notorious man, however Meet Ned Kelly is a stand out. It is the first book in the Meet Series of picture books,recounting the exciting true stories of extraordinary men and women who have shaped Australia’s history.

Janeen Brian’s rhyming text makes for an engaging tale. Children will enjoy reading along as they learn historical facts about this famous Australian and his gang. Matt Adams’ brilliant style of illustration is unique, fitting with the period and yet, at the same time, has a contemporary edge.

Meet Ned Kelly is an excellent resource for parents, teachers and librarians, and is essential for any school classroom or library. There is the bonus of a timeline in the back of the book. Teachers' notes and fun classroom activities are also available.

Ned Kelly was a notorious bushranger. He was daring and clever and bold. In a suit made of iron he battled police.  And his story is still being told….and told exceptionally well in the pages of this book.

Title: Meet Ned Kelly
Author: Janeen Brian
Illustrator: Matt Adams
Publisher: Random House, $24.95 RRP
Publication Date: March 2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781742757186
For ages: 5-9
Type: Picture Book

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