A Bobby-Dazzler of a Pouch
By Janet Halfmann
Illustrated by Abira Das
Ages 3-8, Fiction Picture Book
Will Joey, a little gray kangaroo, ever find his mum's pouch in a mob? Find out in this fun story of creativity and friendship—sprinkled with Australian words.
I have always been fascinated by kangaroos, and loved finding out about all the details of their amazing lives. It was fun to help Joey find a way to solve his problem of mistaking the pouches of other kangaroos for that of his mum. Kangaroo mums and joeys have such a close relationship, and I tried to show that in the story, as well as the fascinating animals that share the kangaroos' home in Australia.
The book's back matter includes Fun Kangaroo Facts and Glossaries of Australian Words and Australian Animals and Plants. The story spotlights friendship, a close mother-child bond, problem solving, creativity, and the plants and animals of eastern Australia.
"In this story of creativity and friendship for little readers, nature and science facts are presented in digestible bites, including fun word play and Australian slang . . . . The text and images together will have little ones drawing pictures and searching out new details about the amazing natural world "down under.". . . (The book) is bound to become a favorite for kids who love animals, especially Australian ones." —Unpacking the Power of Picture Books
"Who knew that kangaroo mothers actually give their joeys (babies) lessons in diving quickly into her pouch so they can be safe when danger is near? I certainly didn't. And that's the unique aspect of this story. Readers of all ages will learn about interesting animals many have never heard of. And interesting facts about them . . . . The illustrations, by Abira Das, are playful and will definitely engage the young child. Teachers . . . should consider adding this title to their classroom library." —golowd: a blog about teaching and writing
'"A fictional story about a young kangaroo who cannot always find his mom once he leaves her pouch (which actually happens!), A Bobby-Dazzler of a Pouch! is about reslience, the power of a community, and creativity! . . . New and fresh, this story . . . is sure to entertain younger students and will make a fun read-aloud!—Katie Reviews Books
"By now you know I am a fan of Halfmann's work. All her books entertain and educate in a way that is attractive to young readers. This short story is one that teaches children how to problem-solve and work together to obtain a goal. It is a story about friendship in the wild that touches the heart, even though it is a whimsical story.
The colorful artwork by Abira Das will keep readers turning the pages as much as the story. Lush green, vibrant red, and deep blue contrast so well against the white space and neutral colors of most of the animals." —The Children's and Teens' Book Connection
"This colorfully illustrated fun read for little listeners and beginner readers shares family and friendship. The back pages are host to fun facts and other cool information about the Australian gray kangaroo, fun Australian words and plants."
"Ever wanted to visit Australia? Now you can travel in your imagination." —Wrapped in Foil