Certain to appeal to small children and just perfect for units of work about Australian animals, Spinifex Mouse is about a cheeky little spinifex-hopping mouse from the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Like all youngsters Cheeky likes to explore his world, but danger in the desert comes not just from predators on the ground but also in the sky. Skilfully controlled tension rises as Cheeky’s aerobatic exploits become more and more risky and his taste for exploration takes him further away from safety.
Exquisitely illustrated with delicate water colours by Norma MacDonald from the Yamatji people of the Gascoyne Region and the Nyungar people of South West WA, the book is a gentle reminder to listen to the wisdom of the elders and not to be greedy.
Like all good books about Aboriginal history and culture, the book acknowledges information about the indigenous origins of the author.
Magabala is a non-profit publishing house based in Broome that aims to ‘promote, preserve and publish Indigenous Australian culture’.
Author: Norma MacDonald
Title: Spinifex Mouse
Publisher: Magabala Books 2012
Review copy courtesy of Magabala Books