‘Well, maybe this is a way you can go. Read this,’ says Gran. She tosses the paper at me.
It’s about the Dargan’s Ridge Festival. On the bottom Gran has circled this:
Celebrate the spirit of ‘The Man From Snowy River’ with the Stockman’s Cup! $500 first place!
George really wants to go to Bill Spills Water World, but it’s expensive, and a long way from Mumblegum, where he lives. Gran has a solution: he can enter a horse race on their old stock horse, Bandicoot. Not much can go wrong – unless Bandicooot’s friend Croak gets involved, or George is accused of cheating, or some rogue goats get free.
The Boy from Snowy River, new in Omnubus Books’ Mates series, is a fast moving, easy to read offering with plenty of humour. Colour illustrations, by Joe Bond, and text embellishments add interest and help in making the text accessible.
Lots of fun for lower primary readers.
The Boy from Snowy River, by Edwina Howard, illustrated by Joe Bond
Omnibus Books, 2014
Available from good bookstores or online.