There Was an Old Bloke Who Swallowed a Chook, by P.Crumble & Louis Shea

There was an old bloke who swallowed a chook.
I don’t know why he swallowed that chook…
By cripes, that’s crook!

When the funny, bearded hero of this book swallows a chook it sets off a chain of eating adventures. Next he swallows a galah, to swoop the chook, followed by a possum, a wombat and more, until finally he swallows a ute – which he promptly belches out, along with all the animals. The final, wordless, spread shows the bloke taking all the animals for a ride in the ute.

This Aussie take on the well-known rhyme There was an old woman is lots of fun. Youngsters will enjoy the silliness of the old man and his dietary choices, with rhyme that scans well, allowing them to join in. The digital illustrations are bright and have lots of humorous details for kids to discover. The images of inside the man are pink-tinged but this is humorous rather than gory.

There Was an Old Bloke Who Swallowed a Chook is a fun offering for early childhood.

There Was an Old Bloke Who Swallowed a Chook

There Was an Old Bloke Who Swallowed a Chook, by P. Crumble and Louis Shea
Scholastic Australia, 2011
ISBN 9781741697872

This book is available from good bookstores, or online from Fishpond. Buying through this link supports Aussiereviews.

Awesome Aussie Things to Draw, by Louis Shea

There is no shortage of how to draw books on the market, but that doesn’t eman there isn’t roomf or another one. Awesome Aussie Things to Draw!will appeal to young artists and animal lovers because of its focus, as the name suggests, on Australian icons.

Artist Louis Shea guides the reader through simple steps to draw a range of familiar Australian things. There are plenty of animals – including a dolphin, a kangaroo, and a kookaburra – as well as other familiar Australian sights ad objects such as a breaking wave, a tractor and a tree. There are also two ‘bonus’ landmarks, in the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

This non drawer reviewer had a go at a few of the activities and produced a passable dolphin and an almost recognisable wave. I’m sure with repeated practise I could have been even more successful, and a child who is keen on drawing would achieve satisfying results fairly easily.

Awesome Aussie Things to Draw! would make a great gift for a primary aged child.

Awesome Aussie Things to Draw!

Awesome Aussie Things to Draw! by Louis Shea
Scholastic 2011
ISBN 9781741695489

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