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Wednesday 9 October 2019

Review: The Australia Survival Guide

Beware! Australia is trying to kill you and this book might just save your life! It is filled with useful facts and survival tips covering Australia’s freaky land and sea creatures, wild weather and surprisingly useful bush tucker and medicine.

Being forced to travel around Australia with his parents, our 13 year old narrator is sure he’s going to end up dead, because everyone knows that Australia is DANGEROUS. This country is crazy!

Well, if we’re going to meet snakes, spiders, sharks and crocodiles, we’d better start learning about them. Are you ready to travel across land, into water and through the environment to discover the deadliest and weirdest dangers lurking across Australia?

Starting with snakes, we profile the top ten deadliest snakes and learn all the important facts (including the effects of their venom). We cover first aid, how to avoid being bitten, and also some fun facts including information on how to care for snakes as pets!

We make our way through spiders, a range of deadly insects, and move on to the cute but deadly. Who would have though we also need to watch out for the cute platypus or the cuddly wombat? As we move into the sea, we learn about shark attacks and are enlightened about the deadliest crocodiles, octopuses and jellyfish.

Australia has some extreme environments and you should understand the dangers lurking in the desert, the outback, and even in seemingly everyday plants that are actually poisonous! Watch out for threats of bushfire, earthquake and cyclone. But if you end up isolated as a result of any of these natural disasters, at least you’ll know the most amazing bush tucker foods and medicine to see you through.

This book is a great insight into the dangers lurking in Australian backyards but also a reminder about all that is weird and wonderful about our land. It’s a great book for both locals and tourists as it shows us how to be aware yet safe, and acknowledge the wonderous creatures lurking in our midst.

Celebrate all that is Australia with its quirky flora, fauna and environment in this fun yet educational book perfect for primary schoolers.

Check out our Guest Post with George Ivanoff on Surviving in Australia!

Title: The Australia Survival Guide
Author: George Ivanoff
Publisher: Puffin Books, $24.99
Publication Date: 1 October 2019
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9780143796572
For ages: 9+
Type: Non-Fiction