Kids’ Book Review: Review: Bush Magic

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
Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781760650827
For ages: 4 – 8
Type: Picture Book

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