By: Stephen Whiteside
Illustrated by: Lauren Merrick
Published by: Walker Books
Published: May 2014
ISBN: 9781922077431


This collection of rhythmic, rhyming poetry by Stephen Whiteside is coupled with lovely black and white papercut illustrations by newcomer Lauren Merrick.

With galloping rhythm and snappy rhyme, Stephen Whiteside’s read-aloud poems portray the Australian outdoors, sporting life and animals, as well as the domestic world of the average Aussie kid - with the odd dinosaur and Martian thrown in for good measure.

Includes "The Sash", winner of the Golden Gumleaf (Children’s Poem of the Year), Australian Bush Laureate Awards, 2013.


We don’t usually have poetry books on Standing Order, but this is a great collection of Australian poems.

Some had me laughing out loud and others, such as The Fire, remind us of the dangers we face each summer when bushfires flare up across the country.

With something to appeal to everyone from dinosaurs to sport, your students Grade 4 and up will thoroughly enjoy this collection.

This title was included in our May 2014 Primary Fiction Standing Order selection.

Reviewed by Michelle