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Friday 30 October 2020

Review: Old Man Emu 50th Anniversary

Australian icon, singer/songwriter John Williamson, celebrates the 50th year of his career and the 50th anniversary of his song, Old Man Emu with this new adaption of his picture book through Puffin.

This is more than just the song. It’s a journey of discovery through the outback with lots of laughter and shenanigans along the way.

Gloriously illustrated with humour and gusto by the clever Simon McLean, who lightens up every page and complements every sentence with his expressive images.

Of course, it’s all about the emu, who can’t do a lot of things but he can run the pants off a kangaroo.

Anyone who knows the song will join in with the parade of Australian animals that have set up their instruments, microphones and bands, to sing the chorus as loudly as they can.

Notes are flying everywhere. Sounds are emitted by kangaroos, cockatoos, albatross, galahs squeaking and squawking, dingos, bilbies, echidnas, Tasmanian tiger, and any other Aussie animal that you would like to see.

Through the chaos and commotion everywhere as the emu runs with the kangaroo chasing it, everyone has their say and try to compete with the speedy emu.

Kids will love this book. They will sing along to the ditty, learning about our native animals and having fun at the same time.

Stunning end papers filled with musical notes and instruments, animals, names of outback towns are among other things hiding, waiting to be recognized.

Title: Old Man Emu
Author: John Williamson
Illustrator: Simon McLean
Publisher: Penguin, $ 19.99
Publication Date: 29 September 2020
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781760898793
For ages: 5+
Type: Picture Book