Big Red Kangaroo

by | May 2013

Big Red Kangaroo written by Claire Saxby

Big Red Kangaroo


Illustrated by Graham Byrne

Published by Walker Books

isbn hb: 9781921720420 pb: 9781922244390

Far inland, the sun floats on the waves of a bake-earth day. Big Red and his mob of kangaroos wait for night-time when they can search for food. Young male kangaroos wait too – ready to challenge Red and take his place as leader.

Winner Crichton Award 2014, Whitely Award

CBCA Notable Book 2014


Appealing in subject and presentation, this will be a welcome addition to primary-grade nonfiction collections.  Full Article

If you are planning a trip to Australia this would be an ideal book to read for background information on the animals you’ll see.  Full Article

Saxby takes a subdued, lyrical approach to the way the animals interact with their environment: “The heat eases with the approaching nightfall.  Full Article

Verdict: Accessible text that will appeal to a variety of ages and gorgeous illustrations – what’s not to love? Definitely add this and Saxby’s other titles to fill out your animal sections. Highly recommended.  Full Article

A bonus is the inclusion of creatures that inhabit the kangaroos’ world—wallaroos, thorny devils, dingos, goanna, and spinifex hopping mouse.  Full Article

A compelling account, written with sophisticated, descriptive language, and enlightening charcoal and digital media illustrations to match. Equipped with an index and plenty of information, ‘Big Red Kangaroo’ is the perfect learning tool for primary school aged children. Full Article