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Monday 7 March 2022

Review: Backyard Beasties

First nations author and illustrator Helen Milroy has created another standout picture book that celebrates the creatures that can be found in our backyards. 

From warm blooded to cold blooded, feathered and clawed animals – children will be exploring their backyards like never before.

Our backyards are brought to life in this striking and vibrantly illustrated picture book. 

The stunning artwork celebrates the author’s indigenous culture and draws the reader into its depths.

Rhyming prose gives the reader an apt description of the animals we could possibly find around our homes.

How many of these animals can you find in your backyard. Perfect to read with your child – the use of colours will entrance children. Listening to the sounds of our yards at night will have us all wondering – croaking, barking, screeching, mewling animals. 

What animals will we find; clucking chickens, lounging lizards, prowling possums or maybe a tiny turtle in a backyard pond?

Helen’s previous book Backyard Birds won the Whitley Award and the second book in this magnificent series is Backyard Bugs.

Looking for the perfect animal book to share with your child – then this is the one for you.

For other Backyard books in this series by the same author, read our KBR reviews for, Backyard Birds and Backyard Bugs.

Title: Backyard Beasties
Author/Illustrator: Helen Milroy
Publisher: Fremantle Press, $19.99
Publication Date: 1 February 2022
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781760991203
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book