Published in Reading Time May 2012
**Balarinji (illus.) MORIARTY, Ros (text) Kangaroos Hop Allen & Unwin, 2012 Unpaged $12.99 ISBN 9781742379159
Ten Scared Fish is a fun number book. Using the time-tested pattern of threes, this book brings an element of surprise into a simple story, which will have preschoolers and toddlers giggling along.
Beginning with 1 turtle by the waterhole, 2 turtles by the waterhole, 3 turtles by the waterhole and a snake...the story follows the river to the sea, ending with a shark and 10 scared fish. In addition to the satisfying story, a text is repeated at the end in Yanyuwa, an Aboriginal language.
The bright illustrations are in aboriginal style, using unlikely colour combinations, such as lime and maroon. The fresh turquoise cover is appealing and the observant child will even spot the shadow of a shark. This is a counting book to enjoy reading countless times.
Kangaroos Hop is an action book, which describes the movements of Australian animals. Butterflies dance and echidnas shuffle until they reach the riverbank where a crocodile is sleeping. Although this book doesn’t have the dramatic climax of Ten Scared Fish, it still has the brilliant aboriginal art and the translated version. It is perfect for a preschool or kindergarten class