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Maku

Meyne Wyatt

OUR STORIES is a funny, relatable and engaging new early-chapter book series that celebrates Australia’s multicultural society with authors and illustrators from a diverse range of backgrounds.      

Maku loves watching movies.    

It’s his favourite thing to do.    

He especially loves movies with superheroes.     

Maku’s second favourite thing to do is go bush with his nan and pop.   

They show him the Emu in the sky and tell him about the Rainbow Serpent.     

A new series of memorable, funny and diverse stories on First Nations lands. 

‘Stories to help kids accept each other and themselves.’ - Randa Abdel-Fattah, series editor

Review

The first day at yet another new school is hard for the inherently shy Maku, but this brave young boy never stops trying to make new friends. A teacher encourages him to explore his passion for filmmaking, and when his Nan and Pop take him camping, Maku is inspired by the native wildlife, the night skies and his Pop’s stories about the Stolen Generation to tell his own story.

Award-winning performer, writer and director Meyne Wyatt’s thoughtful and tender debut book for young readers is a wonderful opportunity for discussion with parents and teachers. Maku and When Granny Came to Stay (by Alice Pung and Sally Soweol Han, available 29 March) are the first two books in the enjoyable new series, Our Stories, committed to exploring diversity, anti-racism and inclusion with a realistic, sensitive approach. Their engaging, funny and thought-provoking stories, simple vocabulary, short chapters, large print and lively illustrations make them ideal for junior readers. Highly recommended for ages 6+.


Athina Clarke is a bookseller at Readings Malvern.

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