The Great Barbie Disaster by Tania Ingram
Published by Omnibus
Sarah’s dad wants a barbecue of his own but he comes from a big family of barbie builders and so there’s no way he is going to buy a barbecue from the shop. Shop-bought barbecues are for wimps, according to Dad.
After all, Sarah’s Uncle Tom’s barbecue was hand-built from stone and iron and it can cook fifty hamburgers at once, Sarah’s Grandpa could make a Barbie out of a tin can and Grandma built her first one when she was ten. Dad says Great-uncle Jed’s barbecue was in the shape of a dragon and so famous that people lined up to see it.
Dad is going to follow family tradition, but the trouble is, he is the one person in the family who isn’t good at building things.
Disaster follows as attempt after attempt by Dad at building a barbecue from recycled items goes hilariously wrong.
The Great Barbie Disaster is part of Omnibus Books’ Mates chapter book series and is a delightfully quirky story filled with flaming sausages, loose bricks, wobbly grilles, flying coleslaw and lots of fun.
The lively text and colourful pictures move the story forward at rollicking pace and there’s even a short footnote about the history of the Aussie Barbecue.
A quintessentially Australian story for youngsters and families to enjoy as the summer season of barbies and outdoor fun begins.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Tania Ingram
Illustrator: Christina Miesen
Title: The Great Barbie Disaster
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: November 2016