In this second book by the
award-winning team Johanna
Bell and Dion
Beasley , Go Home Cheeky Animals
celebrates the diversity and indigenous culture of the Northern Territory.
The story centers on a family
living in Canteen Creek in the Territory where there are cheeky dogs
Mum doesn’t like them and always shoos them away, but when her back
is turned Grandpa continues to feed them until it gets out of hand.
Mayhem descends as feeding the
dogs soon leads to a whole lot more cheeky animals arriving.
Gangs of goats,
droves of donkeys, herds of horses, bunches of buffalo, caravans of camels all
arrive to eat, drink and cause chaos.
All the while the cheeky dogs
do nothing but lie there watching the action.
Even the police try to help
sort out the mess but to no avail.
Who will win? Will the cheeky
dogs really let the rest of the animals take over without a fight?
The simplistic illustrations demonstrate
an indigenous artistic flair while capturing the hilarious antics of these
cheeky animals running riot and creating havoc in the town. Children will be
drawn into the story as the noise and mischievous animals get out of control
but celebrates the authenticity of the Territory and the ever-changing seasons.
Recently released in paperback
this story was the Winner CBCA Book of the Year, Early Childhood, 2017 and
Winner Territory read Award, Children’s or Young Adult, 2018 and it is easy to
see why – a picture book not to be missed.
Read how it all began with our 2013 review of Too Many Cheeky Animals.
Title: Go Home Cheeky Animals
Author: Johanna Bell
Illustrator: Dion Beasley
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $16.99
Publication Date: 1 March 2022
For ages: 4 – 7
Type: Picture Books