Along the Road to Gundagai by Jack O’Hagan
Published by Scholastic Australia
'There's a track winding back to an old-fashioned shack along the road to Gundagai. Where the blue gums are growing and the Murrumbidgee's flowing beneath that sunny sky...'
Based on the well-known Aussie song by Jack O'Hagan, this illustrated hardback book is a dedication to the young ANZAC's who left home and country to fight overseas. The illustrator, Andrew McLean, having a personal connection to the story, has laid bare his emotions, creating a journey for the reader both haunting and uplifting. The illustrations are spot on in capturing the emotion of the song, no doubt helped by his research into the era's historical photographs, film, and work of war artists. Andrew created his drawings using charcoal and watercolour on paper, finally scanning them, to add the final touches via his iPad. Like the book itself, old meets new.
I found this to be a poignant piece that helps bring to the light that old Aussie spirit. A story that shouldn't be forgotten, especially leading up to the 100th Anniversary of Gallipoli.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Jack O’Hagan
Illustrator: Andrew McLean
Title: Along the Road to Gundagai
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: February 2014