Follow a dominant male kangaroo as he leads his mob in search of food—and holds his own against other males who vie for his role.
In the center of Australia, the sun is setting over the baked earth, and Red Kangaroo stirs from his rest. It’s breakfast time, and Red must lead his mob of kangaroos off to find grasses for grazing. But Red is also on the watch for young male kangaroos who are ready to challenge him and try to take his place as leader. Striking illustrations set the mood for a compelling, fact-filled story of red kangaroos in the wilds of Australia.
Action-packed illustrations… Eloquent writing and large, easy-to-see pictures make this a perfect read aloud for units on Australia, marsupials, or nonfiction. —School Library Journal
A visually arresting portrait of a species. —Publishers Weekly
The narrative arc will keep [readers] engaged and perhaps inspire further research. … Appealing in subject and presentation, this will be a welcome addition to primary-grade nonfiction collections. —Kirkus Reviews
This clearly written book has expressive, sophisticated charcoal-and-digital artwork that is very different from the cartoonlike illustrations in most picture books involving kangaroos. An interesting combination of a matter-of-fact fictional narrative and facts. —Booklist
Its prose moves effectively from casual to poetic, and the close time frame keeps things immediate…. The digital and charcoal art is simply stunning —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Allows readers to extrapolate from a single animal to the entire species. —Horn Book
A lyrical text and stunning illustrations created with charcoal and digital media tell the story of Red Kangaroo. —Literacy Daily
The earthy colors and texture-rich landscapes depict the Australian wilderness with an original style that invites understanding and piques curiosity. —School Library Connection