Spinifex Mouse – Norma MacDonald


Magabala Books

January 2013

Hardback 40 p. RRP $24.95

ISBN 9781921248801

Spinifex Mouse  book trailer

You only have to look at these little guys in real life to see why Norma MacDonald chose to make one the main character of this lovely picture book! Click on the picture to see a film clip.


Cheeky is a truly delightful little character and one that young children will relate to easily. With just enough bravado and just enough danger to make this a very realistic story – and lesson- for little ones, it strikes exactly the right note.  Set in the Pilbara, Cheeky finds that showing off in front of a big snake is NOT a very good idea at all!  Luckily for him, another of his potential predators saves his tail and Cheeky is a little more subdued when he returns home safely to his nest.

I love that this is a very authentic Australia picture book, featuring our own native fauna as the stars of a story without being contrived or reworked from other sources.

Norma MacDonald is a renowned artist who is also the author of Stolen Girl, a fictionalised picture book story about the Stolen Generation.

Norma MacDonald is a Yamatji woman, born in the coastal town of Geraldton in Western Australia. Her extensive art career includes numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her work is held in collections at the National Gallery in Canberra, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Berndt Museum of Anthropology and the University of Western Australia


Highly recommended for younger readers around 5 and up


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