Reviewed by Tilly, 8yrs. old - Tween Book Reviewer and Sometimes Writer
Today I'm introducing the book Audrey of the Outback by Christine Harris.
Audrey of the Outback is the first book in the Audrey series. The book is about a little girl called Audrey who lives in the Australian outback and her family is poor. This does not stop her from having fun, Audrey uses her imagination a lot to go on adventures.
Audrey has two brothers, but one is too young to play with and the other is a bit too old for games. So Audrey goes on her adventures with Stumpy, a mysterious pet. You have to try and figure out what type of pet Stumpy is, Christine Harris does not tell you until near the end. You will be amazed when you find out what Stumpy is.
There is a sad bit in this book when Stumpy leaves. I'm not going to tell you if Stumpy comes back, but there is one more surprise to find out about Stumpy by the time you finish the book. It's not what you expect!
One of the things I really liked about this book was the way Christine Harris wrote the characters' voices. I especially liked the way Audrey's little brother Douglas speaks like a toddler. The book has a lot of Australian slang like Fair dinkum, Bonzer, Dunny and Ning-nong. Christine Harris puts the meaning to these interesting words at the back of the book.
This book is funny, in one part it tells you about when Audrey and her big brother Price blow up the dunny (Australian word for toilet).
I liked this book enough to spend my pocket money on the second book in the series, Audrey Goes to Town. Out of five dolls, I give it:
This book teaches you that you can use your imagination to have fun. If you would like to find out more you can go to the Audrey Club website:
Click on the paper doll below for a full sized image to print and cut out. :~)