Kirli Saunders (Illust: Dub Leffler)
Publisher: Magabala Books
ISBN: 9781925936667
Awards Year: 2021
Category: The Book of the Year: Younger Readers
Judge's Critique
This most delightful verse novel tells the evocative story of an everyday family confronted by raging and dangerous bushfires. Bindi is an Indigenous girl with a strong and proud heritage whose perspectives are shaped by this background. The portrayal of indigenous culture influenced by immigration is sensitive and kind. The verse is cleverly positioned on the page to reflect the subject and the tone of warmth and comfort is maintained throughout. The text and format changes in line with the content. It is cleverly designed to add layers of meaning through text, content, language and illustration. Beautiful soft charcoal illustrations by Leffler reflect the nature of the writing and extend the story beyond the bushfire. The presentation of this book is excellent.