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Friday 14 April 2017

Review: A Walk in the Bush

A Walk in the Bush is the first offering from the new children's arm of Affirm Press, and it doesn't disappoint. In fact, this gem by illustrator and former animator Gwyn Perkins is pure delight.

It's a typical, modern-day scenario: Little Iggy doesn't want to go anywhere, but Grandad seeks him out and insists - a bushwalk together will be great fun. And he's right. Grandad takes Iggy on a magical journey through the bush, introducing him to a glorious array of wildlife, from birds and goannas to wallabies.

There is plenty of grandad humour to amuse readers of all ages, along with some interesting lessons for little ones, such as how to crush eucalyptus leaves for that rich scent, what creature makes the scribbles on gum trees, and the way trees sprout new growth after a bushfire.

Iggy never says a word. In fact, he is a cat and isn't even drawn with a mouth. And, yet, his expressions are priceless. The seemingly simple character sketches of Iggy and Grandad are beautifully balanced with illustrations of the Australian bush and wildlife that are richly detailed, luscious and vibrant.

This is a fun and quirky way to introduce children to the serenity and beauty of the Australian bush. It encourages them to explore and take notice of their surroundings, and enjoy the simple things, including spending time with loved ones.

It's the first in a series of three from Gwyn Perkins for Affirm Press and we can't wait to see more of his lovable characters.

Title: A Walk in the Bush
Author/Illustrator: Gwyn Perkins
Publisher: Affirm Press, $24.99
Publication Date: 1 March 2017
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9781925475531
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book