In The Bush

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Roland Harvey
Allen and Unwin
1741145929
Jun 2006
The hustle, bustle and jostling of family life are perfectly presented in Roland Harvey�s �In the Bush�. The narrative voices of five family members are successfully interwoven in this picture books, giving a meticulous multi-dimensional account of a family camping holiday with dad�s insistent needs concerning the campsite, Uncle Kevin�s dare devil deeds and Frankie�s exuberance about pretty much everything.

Each double-page spread features a large illustration � the type with such minute detail that means they can be pored over for hours by those with eager eyes! The illustrations bleed into a white footer within which the narrative is told utilising a mixture of text and snapshot illustration providing vignettesin a hybridisation of the picture book and graphic novel forms. Maps included within the footer section make it possible to chart the family�s journeys and adventuring and give an �as it happens� feel.

A big thank you also to Allen and Unwin for detailing the illustration techniques used within the book � in this case dip pen and watercolour � if only all publishers would follow suite. This is a picture book with a fresh and funny style.



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