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Saturday 30 June 2018

Review: My Australia

I got goose bumps while reading this book. 

It’s a luxurious publication with stunning illustrations of Australian animals and mammals. 

From mountains to the sea, Julie Murphy’s elegant poetic text is equalled by Garry Fleming’s extraordinary ability to turn her poetic text into poetic visuals.

Striking colours fill each page. Gorgeous depictions of life in the sea, air, on land, in caves, and ‘towers of glass’. Black cockatoos caught in flight; a bilby and lizard sit upon ochre stone, butterflies flutter around and beside each other, and black swans are mirrored in the water. 

With his work, Fleming has drawn the reader into the picture. I felt the mist that sits on the ferns and clouds the trees.  I could hear the cascade of water and hear the sound of the eagle’s wings as it heads to settle upon the crags; then heard the bat wings as the bats entered the caves.

This book is a journey for the senses and a tribute to Australia’s rugged and serene beauty.  The vastness of our country is captured in all its magnificence. This is a publication not to be missed. Its beauty and expression should be part of every library, in every suitcase that travels out of Australia, and on every bookshelf, especially those of children.

 I utterly and completely loved this book.

Title: My Australia
Author: Julie Murphy
Illustrator: Garry Fleming
Publisher: NLA, $24.99
Publication Date: April 2018
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780642279163
For ages: 4+
Type: Illustrated Poetry