This little rhyming adventure is a fun positive way to alert very young readers to everyday dangers that injure and kill too many Australian children. The story follows friends like Jumping June the Kangaroo, Blue Tongue Beau and Artie Emu from June’s house through the bush to a swimming spot. Our reckless characters navigate hazards that threaten them with spinal injury, snakebite and being squished, all thanks to Billy’s simple precautions. Information at the back of the book reveals that real like can be tragically less successful—for example, that 10 children die each year from preventable car accidents in driveways. A good book for adults to read to toddlers and infants, and an ideal reader for 5 to 7 year olds. For advanced readers and adults there’s safety information. For everyone, there are pleasing reminders in the text and the appealing pictures.
Pat Kennedy was a registered nurse before joining the Ambulance Service of NSW and becoming one of Australia’s first intensive care paramedics. In 1984 he established the Ambulance Service’s Public Relations group. His five books so far include A Doctor in Africa and Long Bay, and there are more adventures with Billy in the pipeline.
Alice Hughes is an experienced illustrator, young mum and graphic designer, who’s looking forward to working on more books in the Billy Be Safe series.
Charming illustrations and engaging characters. Special varnish effect on cover. Endorsed by 000 Emergency Service. Endorsed by children’s entertainer Colin Buchanan. Vetted by Kids and Traffic Early Childhood Road Safety Education Program. Royalties to Georgina Josephine Foundation for its driveway safety campaign.
* An article is expected to run in all News Corp daily papers on the same day, probably 5 April.
* Before Easter The Sutherland Shire Leader will run a feature about the book.
* Author was to have been interviewed on TV—"A Current Affair"
* Features in:
* The Courier Mail, Brisbane
* The Advertiser, Adelaide
* The Herald Sun, Melbourne
* The Daily Telegraph, Sydney
* The Australian
* The West Australian, Perth
* The Parramatta Advertiser
* The Blue Mountains Gazette - https://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/story/7690551/more-australian-kids-dying-on-driveways/?cs=12Hello