It’s a stormy night and a lonely dingo sleeps in a cave. Several other animals though are seeking shelter…in the cave…as long as they…Don’t Wake the Dingo!
Title: Don’t Wake the Dingo!
Author: Sally Morgan
Illustrator: Sarah Boese
ISBN: 9781742991412 Language: English
Themes: storms, compassion
What’s it about?
A big storm arrives and an ensemble of animals each seek out shelter one at a time in the dingo’s warm and cosy den.
This book has a range of Australian animals including a possum, mudlark, lizard, wombat, numbat, and dingo. There is a rhyme scheme which makes some pages easy to reading.
There are ‘odd’ sentences.
First thing I want to write about is the ‘odd’ sentences mentioned above. Most of this book rhymes but there is a sentence added after “…one lonely dingo dreams of meeting new friends.” each time that stops the rhythm of the story quite badly. Those sentences really don’t add to the story in my opinion and reading the book would be much easier without them.
The characters are all engaging and credit for that needs to go in a large part to the illustrator, Sarah Boese, who brings the most delightful expressions to the faces of them. Speaking of the illustrations, admittedly my children found the little story in the background of the lizard and the dragonfly as interesting as the story itself – if you weren’t paying attention – go back and look at the pictures again!
Overall, I think this story is looking to promote diversity as well as being a bit of an analogy for that banding together spirit that is so often seen when people help others in need…well all except the lizard! It’s probably best suited for the home library unless you’re looking at introducing Australian animals during a science lesson perhaps.