The Outback Dance is drawing near and the animals are excited to show off their dazzling outfits. But poor Dingo has nothing to wear! With the help of his friends, and a little imagination, Dingo finds a fancy solution to his dilemma. Emerging author Kelly has written a heart-warming story about resilience and friendship that is sure to become an all-time family favourite. Amanda has created stunning pictures which not only capture the Australian outback but our unique animals in a very endearing and often dazzling manner. A great, fun picture book to share with children of all ages.
In this fun, rollicking, rhyming tale, we meet Dingo and his friends, who are getting dressed up for the Outback Dance. They are all so excited to show off their fancy pants. All except Dingo, who has nothing but his coat to wear.
Author – Kelly Hibbert
Most days Kelly Hibbert can be found relief teaching in a southern suburbs primary school classroom. Sharing great books and her love of language has been her passion for more than 20 years. At home with her husband, Steve, reading has always been an important part of the daily routine with their two sons, Coby, 7, and Owen, 4. Having her debut picture book Fancy Pants selected for inclusion in the 2017 LBBC Book Pack has made her writing dream turn into a reality. As an emerging writer and a passionate advocate for children’s literacy, she feels truly privileged to have this opportunity.
Illustrator – Amanda Graham
Amanda is an author and illustrator. She has produced over 100 books, many of them for the early reading/educational market.
Her first book, Arthur, published by Era Publications, appeared in 1984. In 1985, it won the UK Children’s Federation Award and was short-listed for the CBC Awards.
Amanda’s most recent book Wilbur was written by Phil Cummings. Wilbur is a multilingual picture book with 13 languages plus English. The picture book has been distributed across Australia to support new arrivals coming in Australia.
Amanda currently writes, illustrates and teaches in and around the Adelaide Hills, South Australia.
From Kids Book Review
We all love dressing up in our fanciest togs for a special occasion. Well, it turns out, the animals of the Australian bush are no different.
In this fun, rollicking, rhyming tale, we meet Dingo and his friends, who are getting gussied up for the Outback Dance. They are all so excited to show off their fancy pants. All except Dingo, who has nothing but his coat to wear.
As each animal prepares for the dance, parents and children will find at least one of the scenes excruciatingly familiar. There’s the animal that makes a huge mess while trying to decide, the one with an irritating tag at the back, the grumpy one who doesn’t like anything and, of course, the one that rips their favourite pair of pants. Ring any bells?
But, despite their own dilemmas, the animals are quick to rally around Dingo and help him find something fancy to wear.
Resilience and friendship are key themes in this delightful book, with its vibrant and endearing illustrations and flawless rhyme. It’s a gem that’s sure to be read over and over again.