'When a small boy ignores his parents’ advice and follows them out hunting, he meets a huge, wild-eyed, knotty-haired monster known as the Pangkarlangu! ' (Publisher's blurb)
'An evil monster is terrorising the land. The Spotted Cat must act quickly.
But how will he do it when he is so small and the monster is so big.' (Publisher's blurb)
'A boy and his father travel in their boat, ‘Time Machine’ to a stretch of beach beside a primordial tropical rainforest. As the boy walks among the trees he imagines the forest as it might have been in the past. Dinosaurs emerge, barely perceptible, from a tangle of trunks and vines; the faint outlines of an aboriginal child melt into a background of trees and in the final haunting scene the unspoiled vista readers have toured is overlaid with translucent images of a possible future civilisation..' (Source: Author's website)
'My Place, the classic Australian picture book, is a "time machine" which takes the reader back into the past. It depicts the history of one particular piece of land in Sydney from 1788 to 1988 through the stories of the various children who have lived there. It aims to teach the reader about the history of Australia, about families, settlers, multiculturalism, and the traditional owners of the land. Each child's story covers a decade in time, showing their particular dress, customs and family life.
'The book also features maps that the successive generations of children have 'drawn' which demonstrate the things that have changed - as well as the things that have remained constant. My Place ultimately aims to show "that everyone is part of History" and that "every place has a story as old as the earth".' -- Provided by publisher (2008 ed.)
'Lockie Leonard, hot surf-rat, is in love. The human torpedo is barely settled into his new school, and already he's got a girl on his mind. And not just any girl: it has to be Vicki Streeton, the smartest, prettiest, richest girl in the class. What chance have you got when your dad's a cop, your mum's a frighteningly understanding parent, your brother wets the bed and the teachers take an instant dislike to you and then you fall in love at twelve-and-three-quarter years old? It can only mean trouble, worry, mega-embarrassment and some wild, wild times ' (Publication summary)
In-class and/or FLO activities: (10%)
Lukens, Critical Handbook of Children's Literature
Nicholls, Cocky Crow and the Hawk
Nicholls, Luurnpa the Magical Kingfisher
Nicholls, Magic Fire at Warlukurlanga
Nicholls, Two Wallabies
Starke, Nips Go National
Stephens, From Picture Book to Literary Theory