Friday, November 5, 2010

Sail Away The Ballad of Skip & Nell by Mem Fox

Rating; 4.5 out of 5
ISBN 13: 9781865049519
ISBN 10: 1865049514
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 32
Dimensions: 270 x 230mm
Released: 01/12/2006

First Sentence:

One night, beside a low camp fire,
They heard the men talk loud
About a boat race way out west
That'd make all Aussies proud

Originally written in 1986 this is another Australia specific tale from Mem Fox. This is the story of Skip and Little Nell two Dingo's from the Northern Territory who go on an adventure around Australia as they sail to a boat race in Perth.

Another wonderful children's book for Australian children. The story takes the child to nearly every state and territory in Australia (unfortunately the characters do not go to ACT as you can't sail there), and the characters are all Australian animals.

The story is lyrical and rhymes. Which makes it easy and fun to read. Mem Fox does sometimes use old out dated language like t'was. This is not a problem but you might have to explain the words to your child. It is another book that is great for reading aloud.

The illustrations are by Pamela Loft. She is a renowned Australian illustrator and has collaborated with Mem Fox for a few books. The art work in the book are bright and simple. Each character is cute and funny.

We seem to be a Mem Fox household with quite a few of her books. To be honest I dont think that is a bad thing and I have a few more of her books on my list to buy!


  1. I remember your review of Possum Magic, and found that book on Amazon. This book, like the last, looks like a good read. I need to get my hands on these because while we live in the States, I think reading books to the children (the 4 and 7 year old) that are from other lands and cultures is a real good thing.

    Thanks for reminding me about Mem Fox. :)

  2. ibeeeg - Well I have a few more Mem Fox reviews to do so there will be a few more reminders headed your way :) Mem Fox has written something like 30 books not all are Australia specific but a lot seem to be. Her books would definately be a good fun introduction to Australia for your kiddies.

  3. Hi Caspette - thanks for the lovely comment on my cancer update post. I think your advice is good - I tried catching up on a few blogs yesterday but it's still hard to sit too long. I think I'll just start from scratch and take my time.

    Have a lovely Sunday.