Sarah Allen is back with another adorable non-fiction book. Jumping Joeys is the follow up to Busy Beaks and I love it.
As the day draws to an end, many creatures are preparing for a peaceful night’s sleep. But not everyone is ready for bed, marsupials are just waking up. Sleepy eyes open, bodies unfurl, legs are stretched and heads appear out of pouches. Under starry and moonlight skies, a hive of activity is about to begin as some of Australia’s favourite furry friends go about their day…
Australia is bursting with amazing animals and there are plenty to be found in this delightful celebration of marvellous marsupials that invites readers to spend the night and get acquainted with just a few of the wonderfully cute, unique and cuddly animals that call Australia home. Visit Australia and you will find over two-hundred species of marsupial and whilst not all feature in this book there are more enough than to get kids kwazy about koalas and kangas, nutty about noolbengers and numbats, bonkers about bandicoots and bettongs.
Across thirty-two pages, there are plenty of friendly faces to meet on this fun-filled journey. Say hello to keen kangaroos and waddling wombats, bounding bilbies and graceful gliders, quirky quolls and prowling possums. Under starlight skies the marvellous marsupials busily go about their day: bouncing, snuffling, playing, hunting, grazing, gliding and digging.
I love everything about this book; the happy and smiley animals on the cover, the leaf-filled endpapers and everything in-between. Every turn of the page will guarantee ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ and you just want to reach in and stroke the gorgeously illustrated animals. Each marsupial is given its common name and it’s scientific name for those that like to learn. An inclusion of ‘A Furry Field Guide’ provides a miniature illustration of each of the featured animals and is complimented with additional facts that cover all sorts of things that will fascinate children; feather-tailed gliders weigh the same as three grapes, red kangaroo joeys are only one centimetre long when born, koalas sleep for twenty hours a day.
Jumping Joeys is a brilliant introduction to some of the many marsupials and will no doubt leave children wanting to find out more. Not only is it unbelievably cute to look at and an absolute joy to read with playful rhyming text, the back matter is loaded with fabulous facts. It is sure to promote a love for nature and raise the profiles of some truly special animals.
Now bounce, waddle or glide your way to your nearest bookshop to grab yourself a copy!
With huge thanks to Affirm Press for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.
Recommended for 4+.