Go Home Cheeky Animals by Johanna Bell
Published by Allen & Unwin
Canteen Creek had an issue with cheeky animals. There were cheeky dogs everywhere but Grandpa said “Leave ‘em”. He feeds them because they help keep the other cheeky animals away.
When the rains come a gang of cheeky goats comes with it, but the dogs do nothing.
When the sweaty season happens a drove of donkeys mess up the yards, but the dogs do nothing.
Cool winds bring a herd of horses, but the dogs do nothing.
As the grass dries up a bunch of buffaloes eat the oval, but the dogs do nothing.
A caravan of camels drinks all the water when it is dry, but the dogs still do nothing. The police try to help but it is no good.
Eventually everyone, even the lazy dogs, have had enough and they all scream “Go home, cheeky animals!” This works but not for long.
This is a hard cover book sponsored by the Northern Territory Government. It tells the story of issues faced by small Aboriginal towns and camps across Australia in an entertaining manner. The use of delightful illustrations bursting with colour and character add to the overall allure.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Johanna Bell
Illustrator: Dion Beasley
Title: Go Home Cheeky Animals
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Published: April 2016