Monster Who Ate Australia by Michael Salmon
Published by Pan Macmillan
Monster Who Ate Australia by Michael Salmon won the 1990 Young Australians Best Book Award and is now enjoying a 30th birthday and it is holding its age well.
The large double page illustrations are engaging and with detail that can be used beyond the story to teach children about Australia.
Starting in Uluru, the book follows Burra, the Boggabri monster, as he chomps and chews his way around Australia continually looking for a place of peace and quiet to escape the noisy and inconsiderate tourists who have invaded his home in Central Australia.
The story pinpoints a feature or building for each state. Burra arrives in Perth as it wins the America’s Cup. Adelaide has the Festival Hall. Tasmania has apples and Wrest Point Casino. Melbourne highlights the muddy Yarra, football and rain, Canberra the Art Gallery, Queensland pineapples and The Great Barrier Reef and Sydney the Opera House, Taronga Zoo and the Harbour Bridge.
My only issue is that it missed out including Darwin.
This book would meet any child’s needs; it has big colourful pictures and an innocent monster causing mayhem, confusion and destruction to the confusion of the people and moves at a pace from state to state.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author & Illustrator: Michael Salmon
Title: Monster Who Ate Australia
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Published: August 2014