This picture book was created by acclaimed children’s author and illustrator duo Jane Godwin and Alison Lester, in collaboration with the children at Rawa Community School located in Punmu, one of the most remote communities in Western Australia. The richly coloured cut-out monster illustrations, created by the children of the Rawa Community School, combine seamlessly with the rhyming text to reflect the Punmu community’s creative talent and love of storytelling.
Young readers will delight in the technicolour monsters which stomp and howl across the pages as they come out from underground to party at Dora Lake. The more curious young listener or reader may wonder about the introduction of words and places unfamiliar to them, such as ‘Yapu’s house,’ and ‘Dora Lake,' useful for opening up discussion in an early childhood, school or home setting about remote Indigenous culture, art and storytelling techniques. But ultimately, readers and listeners will delight in the rhythmic flow of the story and delightful use of onomatopoeia in the text as the monsters ‘go galumphing all over the place!’ This picture book provides a fun and colourful glimpse into a unique Australian community.