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Monday 28 February 2022

Review: Bushlife

Immerse yourself in this unique non-fiction picture book celebrating the Australian bush by contemporary artist and author Pete Cromer. 

Featuring bold and beautiful animal portraits of birds, mammals and reptiles.  It is the perfect book for young animal lovers.

Children will love exploring a diverse range of 18 Australian animals - the artwork collages alone are worth spending time with in this book.

Each page highlights an animal with key facts, a map of where they live, their scientific name, what their young are called and what a group of these animals are called – that is if they have a name?

Did you know that while Emu’s can run up to 50km an hour, but they cannot walk backwards?

Or that the pouch of a Bilby faces backwards to prevent dirt entering. Numbats eat up to 20,000 termites a day and that the Thorny Devil is covered in spikes and walks with a swagger motion. In fact, it is these interesting and quirky facts that children (and Adults) will love.

Pete Cromer is a contemporary Australian artist who is based in Victoria. Renowned for his bold collages and signature bursts of glowing colours, this book is a work of art and should be enjoyed by everyone.

Author Pete Cromer challenges the reader to create a name for a number of different animals that so far have not been given a collective noun. We are all familiar with a mob of Emus or a lounge of Lizards, but what would you call a group of Bilbies, Blue Tongue lizards, or even Tawny Frogmouth Owls?

My fun fact from this book is that I discovered that Blue Tongue lizards prefer to live alone, and they have no collective noun. Since I seem to have at least six blue tongue lizards living around my home, my collective noun for them would be a family. 

Title: Bushlife
Author/Illustrator: Pete Cromer
Publisher: Five Mile, $29.99
Publication Date: 15 November 2021
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781922514608
For Ages: 4+
Type: Picture Books