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Aussie Nibbles : Crusher Kevin : For Young Readers - Penny Matthews

Aussie Nibbles : Crusher Kevin

For Young Readers

By: Penny Matthews, Andrew McLean (Illustrator)

Paperback Published: 24th February 2011
ISBN: 9780143305637
Number Of Pages: 80
For Ages: 6 - 8 years old

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Charlie and his family will soon be moving into their new house. His parents have promised him a puppy - a small, bouncy, bright-eyed puppy. Nothing at all like Crusher, the dog who guards the construction site. At first, Charlie is scared and doesn't want anything to do with the big, barking black-brown dog. But over time he begins to realise that Crusher doesn't want to be scary, and he's not really suited to being a guard dog. Could he be the dog for Charlie, after all?

About the Author

Penny Matthews grew up on her family's sheep farm in South Australia. After graduating from university she lived and worked in England for three years, returning to Adelaide to begin work in the publishing industry. As well as editing children's books, Penny is also a popular and critically acclaimed author. Her books include Potato Baby and The Best Pet, which were both nominated as Notable Books by the Children's Book Council of Australia. Her picture books include A Year on Our Farm, illustrated by Andrew McLean, which was the CBCA's Book of the Year (Early Childhood) and an Honour Book in the Picture Book of the Year awards. Penny has two children, now grown up, and works from her home in Adelaide.

As well as being an author of note, Penny is a much-valued member of the Books for Children and Young Adults team at Penguin Australia. She co-ordinates and edits the highly regarded Puffin Aussie Bites and Nibbles program.

About the illustrator

Andrew McLean is one of Australia's best-loved and most highly awarded illustrators of children's books. His CBCA award-winning titles include You'll Wake the Baby!, My Dog and Reggie, Queen of the Street, and he has also illustrated a number of picture books with his writer wife, Janet. Andrew has illustrated three Aussie Nibbles: When Anna Slept Over, No Cat - and That's That!, and Show and Tell. Andrew lives in Melbourne.

Chapter One

Charlie couldn't wait for his new house to be finished. In six months, Mum said, they'd be moving in.Charlie and Mum walked past the building site every morning on the way to school, and every afternoon on the way home.It was exciting watching the house grow.First bulldozers came and dug a huge hole in the ground, leaving mountains of dirt. Then big trucks with rotating mixers poured masses of sloppy grey concrete into the hole.'That's the foundation slab,' Dad said. 'It's what they'll build the house on.'When the concrete was dry, Charlie and Mum and Dad walked around on it, working out where all the rooms were.'Where's my bedroom?' asked Charlie.Dad showed him. It felt strange, standing there in the sunshine where one day his bed would be.There'll be a bed for my dog, too, Charlie thought. Mum and Dad had promised to get him a puppy when the house was built.He imagined what his puppy would be like: small, bouncy, bright-eyed. He didn't have a name for it. Billy, perhaps. Or Max. Mum said the name should be right for the sort of dog it was. And how could you give a name to a dog you didn't know yet?

Chapter Two

The man who was in charge of building the new house was called Nikos.Charlie liked Nikos. He gave Charlie a yellow safety helmet to wear and let him climb up the dirt mountains.One day Charlie saw two things he didn't expect to see.The first thing was a tall wire-mesh fence all around the building site.The second thing was a dog kennel.'But there's no dog here!' Charlie said.'There will be,' said Nikos.'Why?' asked Charlie.'Because tomorrow we're getting in all the bricks and timber we need to build your house,' Nikos said. 'Sometimes people try to help themselves to stuff like that. We need a fence to keep them out, and a guard dog to scare them away.''Oh,' said Charlie.

ISBN: 9780143305637
ISBN-10: 0143305638
Series: Aussie Nibbles
Audience: Children
For Ages: 6 - 8 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 80
Published: 24th February 2011
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.2  x 0.6
Weight (kg): 0.1
Edition Number: 1

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