The Wobbly Wallaby


Children - Adventure
131 Pages
Reviewed on 01/29/2020
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

The Australian outback was facing a drought and Wally was trying to convince the commander that it was time to move the mob on. There was not enough to eat and the mob was starving to death. There were no signs of rain coming and the mob was all skin and bones. Wally had been born with a bad knee on his left leg and he was unstable on his feet. Everyone knew the consequences if they left the mob, though conditions were bleak. Jake and Peg joined Wally in his decision to leave the mob while he still had the strength. They went eastwards. Wally, Jake, and Peg felt a little nervous being away from the mob. The attack on them by five ferocious dingoes was a reminder of how dangerous things could become. The wallabies tried to stay positive and optimistic. Would they be able to evade the dingoes? Would they be able to find food and water?

The Wobbly Wallaby by Mike Skillicorn is a wonderful story of courage, perseverance, survival, and hope and it is encouraging for young readers to see how wallabies Jake, Peg, and Wally break away from the mob in search of food and water. The story has action and adventure and will keep readers glued to the book until the very end. The narration is detailed and descriptive and it makes the characters and the story vivid. The author manages to ignite a sense of urgency in readers as they follow the dangerous journey of the trio through the Australian outback and its hidden perils. The harsh conditions of the Australian outback, the dingoes, the wallabies and their will to survive make this an interesting and engaging story for children.