Today I have one of my critique group members on the blog – Teena Raffa-Mulligan. She writes the most charming children’s books, including the one below.
Join Blue, the bouncing red kangaroo and her little friend Pedro as they travel the states of Australia looking for a place to call home. Their Aussie adventure sees them snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, sing at the Sydney Opera House, camp at Uluru, dance a crocodile rock, trek Tasmania, surf in Perth and much more. This colourful picture book with its themes of friendship and belonging is available from Wild Eyed Press and selected retail outlets around Australia.
Told in rhyming verse, True Blue Amigos has a terrific beat and is easy to read aloud. While rhyming verse is popular for young children, not everyone gets the meter right, meaning readers have to work hard. Not so with True Blue Amigos; Raffa-Mulligan has got her rhymes down pat. … Just as captivating as the text are the illustrations by Barrie Smith: colourful, funny and eye-catching, they include plenty of other Australian animals, providing great conversation starters … I’m sure this book will delight many children, both at home and in early childhood classrooms. Aside from the travel and Australiana focus, there’s room for discussion about friendships, adventures, animals and more. Raffa-Mulligan continues to deliver solid and appealing stories for children and has a real gift for storytelling. Read the full review at Write Note Reviews.