The Echidna Near My Place | Picture Book Review


Rating: 3 out of 5.

I learnt a lot about echidnas from this book.

Genre: Children’s Fiction
Author: Sue Whiting
Illustrator: Cate James
Published: April 2022
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Pages: 32 (hardback)

Thanks to Walker Books for a copy of this for review.

This was a sweet story but oh my goodness it was information overload. I’ve not read any of Nature Storybooks before so this came as a surprise to me. As much as it’s a cool way to learn with kids, it was so much information – and even as an adult I struggled to have the patience to read this in one sitting.

This would have worked better for me if the factual elements of this had been broken into dot-point chunks, or something similar. It would have made the reading experience less overwhelming.

But if you’re looking for a book that will teach you lots about echidnas and has fun illustrations as well as quirky story, then this might just be it. Putting my attention span aside, I really did learn some stuff from this!

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