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Friday 12 January 2018

Review: Big Fella Rain

Every page of this picture book is a work of art I'd dearly love to hang on the wall. 

From the lyrical text to the exquisite illustrations, Big Fella Rain is a triumph of simplicity and beauty.

It's about the summer rains and the magical transformation of Australia's Top End as everything comes to life when "the mighty storms come".

Sensory illustrations and words rich with imagery allow the reader to hear and feel that cool relief as the red earth drinks in the precious water and is rejuvenated once more. 

We see puddles turn into creeks and seeds searching for somewhere to grow, while the diverse wildlife of the area emerges to celebrate. Each creature is depicted in beautifully detailed cross-hatching and dots, providing a striking contrast to the gentle wash of watercolours across each page.

Double-page spreads provide a sense of vastness and highlight the grandeur of such a display from Mother Nature. What a stunning way to share the changing seasons of northern Australia with children, and extol the wonder of rain and its effect on our country.

Title: Big Fella Rain
Author: Beryl Webber
Illustrator: Fern Martins
Publisher: Magabala Books, $17.99
Publication Date: 1 October 2017
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925360639
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book