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Ball, Duncan (text) Kerry Millard (illus.): My sister has a big black beard.

** BALL, Duncan (text) Kerry Millard (illus.) My sister has a big black beard A&R, 2009 162pp $14.99 pbk ISBN 9780207200892 SCIS 1414513

The title of this collection of verse gives a clear indication of what to expect. There are 48 nonsense poems of varying lengths, some just four lines, others of several pages. They all have one thing in common: quirky humour. They address a wide range of topics from driving tests to suffering fools, the most popular subjects being eccentric individuals. The simple line drawings capture perfectly the poems' sense of the ridiculous and irreverence. Duncan Ball clearly knows what appeals to young readers. Ages 5-10.

** Book by an Australian author or illustrator

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Date:Nov 1, 2009
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