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Sunday 21 December 2014

Review: Christmas in Australia

John Williamson's classic Christmas song is brought to life in this festive celebration for kids.

It's Christmas in Australia and Dad wants that perfect Christmas family photo, but someone is always missing (can you relate?).

First it's Sam. Then baby Bubbles. Then Cher. Annie's next, then Ami. And soon enough, Heddi's out of the picture. Why can't everyone be in the one spot at the same time!?

In between all the photographic hoo-ha, there's a tree to decorate, a table to load up with all the classic Christmas grub, the appearance of Santa in the back of Jacko's ute, and of course, a game of cricket ... and amidst all the chaos, can the family finally snap a complete family pic?

The iconic Aussie Christmas is beautifully captured in this fun (and funny) romp of a book, with elements all Australians can relate to.

Mitch Vane's superbly chaotic illustrations are both entertaining and thoughtful--I particularly love the washing line of socks on the endpapers, which mimic Christmas stockings, complete with a kookaburra holding a bauble.

A wonderful gift for friends and relatives overseas.
Title: Christmas in Australia
Author: John Williamson
Illustrator: Mitch Vane
Publisher: Viking, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: 24 September 2014
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9780670077724
For ages: 4 - 10
Type: Picture Book