Meet Ned Kelly written by Janeen Brian & Illustrated by Matt Adams
Published by Random House
Meet.. Ned Kelly, is part of a new series of picture books by Random House that looks at iconic historical Australians and tells their stories in an uncomplicated and visually enticing way for young kids to enjoy.
Written in rhyming verse, Meet.. Ned Kelly looks at the short but action packed life of Australia’s most notorious Bush Ranger.
Young readers will love the vibrant and beautifully drawn illustrations depicting the hard colonial life of Australia in the mid to late 1800’s. The colonial police in their royal blue uniforms are particularly effective as they create an impressive contrast between the browns and neutral colours reflected in the dusty dry Australian landscape.
The story begins with a young Ned Kelly whose family is forced to live on a barren farm after the death of his father. Young readers will definitely empathize with the plight of the Kelly family who are struggling to survive in such harsh times.
Along with the story that depicts Ned Kelly’s early life which led to him being enemy number one with the police and ending with his capture at Glenrowan, there is also a historical timeline that depicts each important life event for the Kelly family beginning with the births of Ned Kelly’s parents and ending with the execution of Ned Kelly at Old Melbourne Gaol.
Forget the boring dusty old school textbooks, history has just got a lot more enjoyable with Meet.. Ned Kelly
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Janeen Brian
Illustrator: Matt Adams
Title: Meet…Ned Kelly
Publisher: Random House
Published: March 2013