My Girragundji (20th Anniversary Edition)

Boori Monty Pryor, Meme McDonald

My Girragundji (20th Anniversary Edition)
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My Girragundji (20th Anniversary Edition)

Boori Monty Pryor, Meme McDonald

‘I wake with a start. The doorknob turns. It’s him. The Hairyman.’

There’s a bad spirit in our house. He’s as ugly as ugly gets and he stinks. You touch this kind of Hairyman and you lose your voice, or choke to death.

It’s hard to sleep when a hairy wrinkly old hand might grab you in the night. And in the day you’ve got to watch yourself. It can be rough. Words come yelling at you that hurt.

Alive with humour, My Girragundji is the vivid story of a boy growing up between two worlds. With the little green tree frog as a friend, the bullies at school don’t seem so big anymore. And Girragundji gives him the courage to face his fears.

Boori Monty Pryor was the Australian Children’s Laureate from 2012-13.


My Girragundji tells the story of an Indigenous boy growing up between two worlds, a boy who deals with bullies at school and a bad spirit that roams his family’s house at night. But with his Girragundji, a beautiful green tree frog, he feels he has the courage and the protection of his ancestors to face his biggest fears. Full of humour, My Girragundji will appeal to children afraid of the dark, and footy and nature lovers alike.

With the combined talents of author Meme McDonald and Aboriginal storyteller Boori Monty Pryor, My Girragundji uses photography alongside words, and paints a picture of a lively and exciting family, and of nature in Queensland, so vivid it will stay with you long after the end of the book. A timeless story that confronts issues of family, school and diversity, the book is based on stories from Monty Pryor’s childhood and is celebrating its 20th anniversary in print this year!

Julia Gorman works as a bookseller at Readings Carlton and Readings Kids.

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