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McFarlane, Susannah (text) Lachlan Creagh (illus.): Amazing Amelia.

(a) McFARLANE, Susannah (text) Lachlan Creagh (illus.) Amazing Amelia ISBN 9781741696783 SCIS 1496160; Bouncy Ben ISBN 9781741696790 SCIS 1496165; Cuddly Callum ISBN 9781741696806 SCIS 1496141 Scholastic, (Little Mates), 2011 unpaged $4.99 pbk


Amelia is the most active and athletic ant on the anthill. Ben is the bounciest of bilbies and Callum is the cuddliest cockatoo in the countryside. Each of these delightful creatures has many friends whose names begin with the same letter as their own. They share in adventures which are finally happily resolved.

The illustrations are excellent representations of Australian animals and their environment but still convey the light-hearted, zany quality of the adventures that overtake the characters. They complement the way the stories are told. Each book is 14x14 cm and has its own specific coloured spine and end papers. An additional design feature is the way text and lively illustrations are well positioned on the white background of each page. The books in this alliterative alphabetical series are appealing to hold and read, and it would be fun to collect all twenty-six titles.

(a) An outstanding book of its kind as recommended by the reviewer

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Author:Cameron, Elspeth
Publication:Reading Time
Article Type:Book review
Date:May 1, 2011
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