Bush Magic is the story of a rainy day turned into a joyous creative adventure starring Jarrah and her grandpa.
When their weekly bush adventure appears to be a dismal washout, Grandpa and Jarrah craft their way into an imaginative journey instead. Sailing away in a huge leaf, they encounter giant jellyfish and discover stranded bush animals. What else will they find? Will they be able to help the animals? An enjoyable expedition prevails.
I adore the transition from life to imagination, and the characters’ positive attitudes which lead into and through the adventure. A warming message about imagination and making the most of any situation shines through.
The Illustrations are gorgeous with a mix of textures and colors that perfectly depict a joyful Australian bush environment. Pops of colour, emotion and dialect like ‘ziggety-zoo kangaroo‘ kept my kids and I wanting more.
Bush Magic is perfect for groups or one-on-one reading, and would be a great inspiration to craft and other learning activities.
Kylie Howarth is an award-winning author-illustrator based in Western Australia, some of her other books include Ship and the Fish-Kid series which begins with Fish Kid And The Ninja Lizard.
Title: Bush Magic
Author/Illustrator: Kylie Howarth
Publisher: Walker Books, $25.99
Publication Date: 3 May 2022
For ages: 4 – 8
Type: Picture Book