Walker Books Australia (2013)
ISBN: 978 1 921720 42 0
Reviewed by Pearl Maya
Big Red Kangaroo is a visually stunning picture book that is a must for every home and school and would make an ideal present to send overseas.
Like most picture books, the storyline is simple and age appropriate. What sets Big Red Kangaroo apart from the rest is the factual notes presented in italics on most pages which could left out if reading the book to a junior (and just absorbed by the lucky reader) or included to spark the interest of both young and older readers. Not only are these factual notes interesting, they are quirky: “When red kangaroos want to travel faster, they make each hop longer, rather than take more hops”. There is also an index to allow easy referencing.
So Big Red Kangaroo is a great book to read to young children, a visually engaging picture book for the junior reader and a research source for primary children doing projects, or following self-directed learning. Saxby and Byrne have created a book that clearly stands out from the crowded shelves of any book shop.