Ted and Betsy Lewin's adventures take them from the northernmost tip of Australia to the southernmost tip. At the top, they interrupt a python's mealtime, encounter a ferocious pack of dingoes, and come face-to-face with a crocodile. Down at the bottom, they dine with rude kangaroos, meet their first platypus, and confront an ill-tempered sea lion!
The vivid colors, close-up paintings, and rich landscapes rendered in the Lewins' distinct watercolor styles, combined with action-packed narrative, will make you want to pack your bags and visit the land down under!
Gr. 2-4, younger for reading aloud. Where are you if you see "Danger: Crocodiles (Watch Your Children and Dogs)"signs and lizards that stand on their hind legs? Holy dooley, mate, you're in Australia! The Lewins share their "top to bottom"journey to the land down under in a fresh, funny, fact-filled travelogue that meanders from Kakadu National Park to Kangaroo Island. Striking, realistic watercolor landscapes are juxtaposed with comical sketches and circa-1900 spot illustrations of Aboriginals killing snakes and riding on paperbark rafts. The pictures catch attention, and the text is intelligently written. However, the notion that toilets swirl "in the wrong direction"in Australia has been debunked on several Web sites. A brief guide to animal facts rounds out this contagiously cheerful Aussie expedition. And remember, "salties"(crocodiles) can run as fast as 15 miles per hour, so "if a salty chases you, run either sixteen miles an hour or in a zigzag fashion."