by Colin Buchanan
illustrated by Nick Bland
Scholastic Press, Lindfield, 2006
Age group: primary school
Obviously based on the traditional Christmas song, this book gives the words of Jingle Bells adapted for an Australian Christmas.
A drive through iconic Australia is a fun interpretation of the old Christmas song, Jingle Bells.
This was a fun read for me and my kids, and it is very much an Aussie version.
So instead of a sleigh racing over the snow, we get a rusty holden ute bumping over the sand with thongs, kangaroos, swaggies and an esky in the boot! I can’t help but read the words in the tune and smile as all the Aussie imagery unfolds.
The pictures in the book are gorgeous – simple and very evocative of Australia. I love the little details like a lizard frying an egg on a rock as it is a scorching Christmas Day.
A lot of fun, this book could be read or sung to the very young but it probably takes a mid-primary aged child to fully appreciate it.