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Monday 8 September 2014

Review: Hello From Nowhere

Eve lives in the town of Nowhere, population 5. It's in the middle of nowhere too; right slap bang in the Nullarbor. But Eve loves it.

She's got Bluey the Blue-tongue Lizard, Livestock the cat, and Brian the Kookaburra for company, plus there's all the people who pass through twice a day on the bus. Only one thing could make Nowhere better — a visit from Nan.

So Eve sends Nan a postcard asking her to come and visit. She knows Nan thinks that Nowhere really is 'nowhere' (and not in a good way), but hopes she can get her to reconsider. Time passes and Nan doesn't come. But then one day the bus pulls up and out she steps!

Finally Eve can show Nan all that makes Nowhere so wonderful. The wildlife and the wide open spaces. The people, both the travellers and the locals. But will it be enough to change Nan's mind and make her want to visit again?

This is a uniquely Australian book, celebrating as it does what makes the outback so special. But it's also a moving look at the bond between grandparent and grandchild. Heart-warming.

Title: Hello From Nowhere
Author: Raewyn Caisley
Illustrator: Karen Blair
Publisher: Viking, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: September 2014
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780670075003
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book