Newspaper reports tell that during the 19th and 20th century a creature lurked in the Great Dividing Ranges. Was it a man, a beast, an animal, or a combination of all three? Spotted by many, this nine-foot creature had the power to move logs, struck fear into hunting dogs and produced the most disturbing noise. Did something lurk in the bush or was it a myth? You can draw your own conclusions…
Myth, legend and mystery combine in this dark and chilling read that is sure to prompt discussion and wonderings. Presented in the form of newspaper extracts it covers the period from 1847 - 1935 when sightings of the Yahoo or Hairy Man were widely reported. Chance encounters with the creature are recorded from bushmen, shepherds, beach-goers and children, amongst others.
The newspaper extracts are supported with words from Peter Williams, Ngiyampaa Elder, who describes the ‘Berai’ as more of a spiritual figure and one who is not to be feared and who was perhaps misunderstood by the Europeans who first encountered it. The text is accompanied by haunting and shadowy images in shades of blue and grey which will live long in the memory.
A dark and brooding picture book that sweeps the reader away into a land of myth, legend and mystery. Spine-tingles and goosebumps are guaranteed from a read that will leave you with many more questions than it does provide answers.
Recommended for 8+.