Jul 272011

The Great Aussie Kerfuffle by John Bush is a fun and lighthearted story about a Kangaroo, who is dissatisfied with her look after she sees her reflection in the water. She puts up a sign by a billabong, where she announces a meeting for everyone, who is not content with his or her look. The next morning numerous animals show up ready for a new look, and the kangaroo arrives with an upside-down turtle, which supposedly make wishes come true. 

All the animals start swapping skins, furs horns and more, and only the Echidna is left with what it arrived with, as no other animals took a liking to the Echidna’s spiky back or long tongue. The animals are all elated, just until they see their reflection in the water, and start longing for their original looks. At this point the upside-down turtle is gone, and they all have to wear their unwanted furs, skin and more for a long while….all but the Echidna.

John Bush has created a fun children’s book that both kids and adults can relate to, and Bush delivers the message in a a fun and delightful way. The rhyming storyline makes the book memorable, and I love how Bush plays on the words. While the language at times seem a bit out of the ordinary, it provides for a fun and interesting children’s book. 

My kids and I were unfamiliar with a bunch of the Australian animals, and we ended up learning quite a bit from reading The Great Aussie Kerfuffle. In fact we became so curious that we started doing our own research about these interesting animals. I can highly recommend The Great Aussie Kerfuffle to anyone, who is interested in learning a bit about Australia in a fun and easy-to-approach way.

About the Author John Bush

Author John Bush was born in South Africa, and he has been a teacher, a copywriter and he has worked in advertising for over 25 years. About 30 years ago author John Bush began telling his children animal stories, and this is where Bush StoryRhymes began. 

Frugal Mom Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars  * * * * *
Author: John Bush, Gaby Bush
Illustrator: Maurice Giacomini
Reading Level: 4 – 9

Paperback: 25 pages
Publisher: Bush StoryRhymes 2009 – Australia
Language: English
ISBN-10: ISBN: 9780980605815
ISBN-13: 978-09806058-1-5
Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 8.2 x 0.2 inches

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of The Great Aussie Kerfuffle by John Bush for the purpose of writing a book review. Versions of this children’s book review may have been posted on other websites or in printed publications.

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