Children’s Book Review – Dingo
Dingo written by Claire Saxby and illustrated Tannya Harricks
This book was Shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year Awards in the Crichton Award for New Illustrators category.
Can you see her? There deep in the stretching shadows a dingo. Her pointed ears twitch. Her tawny eyes flash in the low-slung sun. Dingo listens. Dusk is a busy time. Dusk is the time for hunting.
This book takes us through a day in the life of a dingo. She has five nine week old pups.
There are two elements to this book, there is the story of the day, waking up, going out hunting, etc.
Then there are the asides that explain more about the life of a dingo.
As a result of this, we would term this book as a narrative non-fiction. This is because there is a narrative, or story, about the dingo but it is based in fact and is supported by fact.
This book also has an information section at the back and an index.
The text is minimalist with short sentences however it works very well in imagining the life of a dingo. It feels to the point, sly, and with a lot hiding under the surface.
This book was nominated for the Crichton Award for New Illustrators category and the illustrator Tannya Harricks has created all of the illustrations using oil paint. It is beautiful work and the style of painting suits the subject and book really well.
I really enjoyed this story, and the additional facts make the book for me. I would recommend this book for anyone 3+ but especially those who like learning about Australian animals.
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