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Wednesday 30 December 2020

Review: The Drop Bear

Are you a drop bear denier?

Do you question the existence of these rarely seen, yet well-known bushland creatures?

Well, if that's so, then this book is a must. 

Chris Edser presents compelling evidence of the presence of a large, aggressive (yet curiously shy) tree-top dwelling, sleepy, kind-of-but-not-quite koala-like creature that's easy to miss if you gaze up at the canopy of a eucalyptus forest.

Easily ignored, the casual bushwalker could stroll by a drop bear's tree and be none the wiser.

Unless they drop rubbish in its niche, of course. This book serves a fair warning to those who befoul our native bushland. Beware! Silently and without warning, the drop bear will retaliate by doing what it knows best. 

And it's at least ten times heavier than the average koala. 

Chris Edser presents a strong argument in favour for each of us to do our best to keep our native bushland pristine. Illustrated with a muted palette, Edser portrays a quiet version of the Australian bush, which underscores the message of it being a sacred place for our fauna, a delicate place where humans are almost tolerated. A world where humans need to be mindful of the myriad consequences of a careless action. A place that needs a protector.

Embedded in these images are gorgeous pictures of a variety of indigenous creatures for the reader to search for and to find.

Title: The Drop Bear
Author: Chris Edser
Illustrator: Chris Edser
Publisher: Five Mile, $24.99  
Publication Date: November 2020
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781922385314
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book