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Hardcover Scribbly Gum Secrets - Signed by Author Dannika Patterson


Scribbly Gum Secrets (2020) is written by Dannika Patterson, and illustrated by Megan Forward. 

This story follows Charlie, Layla, Cooper and Max as they take a walk through the Australian bush discovering a world full of natural wonders. However, little Charlie’s mind is focussed on one thing…Who, or what has made those marks on the bark of the scribbly gum trees?

Who drew on these trunks?’ Charlie asked Max.
‘They’ll be in big trouble if Mummy sees that!’

The pages of Scribbly Gum Secrets are full of native treasures. Megan Forward’s charcoal and watercolour illustrations are full of movement and show the biodiversity of the Brisbane region (where this story is based) filled with flora and fauna including; blue-banded bees, carpet pythons, birdwing butterflies, flying foxes, flowering lemon-myrtle, bush stone curlews and of course, the iconic scribbly gum trees. A unique feature of the artwork within Scribbly Gum Secrets is the use of botanical photography in the cover design and some internal pages. The storytelling in this book involves all five senses: touch, taste, sight, sound and smell.

This book encourages eco-awareness in children in a gentle, joyful way. Older readers will delight in finding ‘secret’ words scribbled in the trees and other native treasures hidden within the pages.

Danikka loves to write stories that delight children, spark curiosity and open relatable conversations: stories that engage the minds and echo in the hearts of little listeners and grown up readers alike. I've had the absolute pleasure of meeting her, and immediately knew that I wanted to share her books with my customers. These books would make the perfect gift, or addition to a treasured book collection.

This book comes signed with love, from Dannika.

Accompanying teacher notes are available here