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Bush Magic by Kylie Howarth

Title: Bush Magic

A grandfather and granddaughter sailing in a boat made of a leaf. Bush Magic by Kylie Howarth.

Author: Kylie Howarth

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: Walker Books

Published: 3rd May 2022

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 32

Price: $25.99

Synopsis: This delightful story is about the power of imagination, appreciating the natural world and spending quality time with the ones you love.

Jarrah and Grandpa love spending time together exploring the bush around their home. But one miserable Sunday it’s too rainy to venture outside, so instead Jarrah and Grandpa float away on a dreamlike quest where they meet magical creatures, save their stranded bush friends from a flood and have their most exciting adventure together yet.

  • Highlights a close and supportive relationship between a grandparent and grandchild.
  • Explores imaginative play and storytelling.
  • Kylie Howarth’s vibrant digital illustrations show a whimsical and distinctly Australian world.

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When Jarrah and Grandpa can’t go off on their usual bush adventure to discover new bush magic one weekend, they must stay inside. So they use their imaginations to create their own bush magic as they imagine a hike with magical animals, helping stranded bush friends, and meeting magical creatures that live in the bush. They save them from floods as well on their most magical bush adventure yet!

I love picture books that reflect something of Australia and its culture, landscape, or people, and there are so many coming out now, that I think many areas are starting to be covered well. Bush Magic shows the joy of nature through the special bond of a granddaughter and her grandfather – with the word and images created by Kylie Howarth, and the book is beautiful. From the gorgeous end papers to the delightful images that make the accompanying words dance off the page, and let the story come to life. The coming together of the words and images often works so well in picture books, as the pictures tell the story just as much as the words that the author pulls together.

As a reader, I’m loving all these fantastic picture books coming out at the moment, and they are adding to what we already have – they sit nicely amongst old favourites because each one tells a different story or uses a different aspect of a theme to tell the story, and this is what makes them so magical – that they can do this and still bring so many different things to different readers, and that they can appeal to readers of all ages. The layers within the picture books like Bush Magic make the stories and characters relatable, and I hope that we continue to build on this wonderful tradition in Australia, because I’m seeing so many good Australian books lately, that they’re building on our sense of who we are. Bush Magic does this wonderfully, and I can’t wait to share it with my niece.

The gentle stories like this, though filled with adventure, can be comforting and reassuring. They let us know that our loved ones will always be there for us, that we can still have fun even when things don’t go to plan, and what I loved about this book was that imagination, not a screen, was the solution to the problem of not being able to go out. We have so many screens in our day-to-day lives, it is lovely to step away from them with books like this and encounter something new but also something familiar – something that the adult readers may have done often, and something we want to share with the little people in our lives.

Another great book from Kylie Howarth!

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