My family never owned a NICE barbecue bought from a shop like other people.
Dad thought shop barbies were for WIMPS.
Whenever we’d see a barbecue at the hardware shop Dad would shake his head.
‘Real Aussies don’t buy barbies,’ he’d say. ‘Real Aussies make their own.’
Sarah’s dad’s family have a long tradition of making their own barbecues, from the simple to the world-famous. So it comes as no real surprise when Dad decides he’s going to make them a barbecue. There’s only one problem. Unlike some of the barbecue-makers of the family, Dad’s not known for his building skills. Sarah and Mum try to talk him out of it, but barbecue-making is in his blood and he’s determined. What a disaster! Sarah watches (from a safe distance) as Dad builds and tests his barbecue. Finally, he’s sure he’s got it right. Now it’s time to test it. There are colour illustrations on each opening and a header and footer illustrations (sauce and mustard trails)
The ‘Mates’ series from Omnibus are early chapter books are tall tales and true from Australian back yards. Sarah narrates this story of her father and his recycling and building adventures. She is captivated by his building projects, even the ones that don’t quite work. ‘The Great Barbie Disaster’ is full of fun and sure to have young readers giggling. Recommended for newly-independent readers.
The Great Barbie Disaster, Tania Ingram ill Christina Miesen
Omnibus Books 2016
review by Claire Saxby, Children’s author and bookseller