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Big Red Kangaroo : Nature Storybooks - Claire Saxby

Big Red Kangaroo

By: Claire Saxby, Graham Byrne (Illustrator)

Paperback | 1 April 2016

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This award-winning addition to the narrative non-fiction series Nature Storybooks, about red kangaroos, is now in paperback.

Far inland, the sun floats on the waves of a bake-earth day. Big Red and his mob of kangaroos wait for night-time when they can search for food. Young male kangaroos wait too - ready to challenge Red and take his place as leader.

About the Author

Claire Saxby was born in Melbourne and grew up in Newcastle, NSW. Claire is the author of Ebi's Boat, illustrated by Anne Spudvilas, which was a Children's Book Council of Australia Notable book in 2007. Her title published with Walker Books Australia in 2010, There Was an Old Sailor, illustrated by Cassandra Allen was short-listed for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2010, Young Children Category. In 2014, Big Red Kangaroo was a CBCA Notable for the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books and short-listed for the Griffith University Children's Book Award, part of the Queensland Literary Awards.

About the Illustrator

Born in Sydney sometime last century, Graham Byrne did the usual school and university time, worked as an electrical engineer for years, then went into building houses and structures. An interest in art as a creative adjunct to the practical nature of building led to formal education, work installing artworks at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, and wonderings about other roads to explore. Wanting his art to have some "practical" useful purpose, to be illuminating, pointed Graham to illustration and design pathways. Big Red Kangaroo, Graham's first picture book, was a CBCA Notable for the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books and short-listed for the Griffith University Children's Book Award, part of the Queensland Literary Awards. His second book Emu was short-listed for the CBCA Book of the Year: Eve Pownall Award for Information Books and was a winner of the 2015 Environment Award for Children's Literature, nonfiction category.
Industry Reviews
A compelling account, written with sophisticated, descriptive language, and enlightening charcoal and digital media illustrations to match * Boomerang Books Blog *
The digital and charcoal art is simply stunning, with a smudgy angularity reminiscent of the late Glen Rounds but an immersive, otherworldly earthiness all its own, and both the main text and the secondary explanatory text stand out strongly against the sandy pages. * Bulletin for the Centre of Children's Books *
Just three page turns and Byrne's dramatic charcoal and digital collages propel readers into one night in the life of Red, a large Australian kangaroo. * The Horn Book *
Appealing in subject and presentation, this will be a welcome addition to primary-grade nonfiction collections. * Kirkus Reviews *

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