PICTURE BOOK Ages 6 – 9
Written by Robyn Osborne
Illustrated by John Phillips
Publisher Big Sky
Release Date Sep 2018
An alliterative tale which celebrates mateship and introduces young readers to the quintessential language of the Australian bush.
Barefoot Bob and Bruno the blue dog live together in a broken down barracks surrounded by the beautiful Aussie bush. Although they don’t have much in the bank, they are the best of buddies and life is bonzer. Then one day Bob hits the bonanza and everything changes. Without a backward glance, Bob and Bruno move to the big smoke. But is this fancy new life better than the one they had in the bush?
There is a lesson here about the value of enduring friendship, of being content with what you have and of ‘home is where the heart is’. Children will warm to Bruno and sympathise with his exile. CBCA Reading Time
A delightful, light-hearted very Australian picture book. I loved it and can’t wait to read it to my grandies… Maggie Dent
A coherent and comical story about best buddies sticking together. Great classroom fun. Boomerang Books
A beaut salutation to rural Australia and a celebration of our unique bond with man’s best friend. Goodreads
A fun adventure around Australia with great Aussie lingo and whacky humour and language to keep readers on their toes. Just Kid’s Lit
Filled to the brim with alliteration and interesting Australian slang, this is a good one for classrooms… Kids will enjoy the funky illustrations and outrageous antics Bruno and Bob get up to in the bush. Kids Book Reviews