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A tale about one of Australia's most loved reptiles. Loongie is a greedy saltwater crocodile who lives among the mangroves at Walaman Creek in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia. He has no friends and no-one will come near the creek while he's around. Loongie soon learns why being greedy has its consequences. The character of 'Loongie' was created by mother and son collaborators, Lucy and Kiefer Dann. When Kiefer was a young boy, they would make up stories inspired by Kiefer's country at Loongabid on the Dampier Peninsula in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. This children's picture book is a vibrant mix of colour and emotion and an illustrative debut by young Broome artist, Bronwyn Houston. The images depict the unique mangrove systems, seascapes and colours of the Kimberley.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781921248542
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Book Review: Loongie the Greedy Crocodile by Lucy Dann - Reviewed by Sheepcoate (21 Aug 2013)
Loongie the crocodile is a fun book about a lonely crocodile who resides in Walaman Creek
Loongie has no friends, basically because he eats them all, also no one wants to be his friends and most animals tend to run and hide whenever he comes near for obvious reasons. The story is quite cute and there are a few morals and lessons to be learnt from the book. The story is Aboriginal written and quite original.
The illustrations are nicely drawn and there should be plenty there to hold a young readers limited attention span. Overall a nice short easy read.
Book Review: Loongie the Greedy Crocodile by Lucy Dann - Reviewed by Boomert (14 Jan 2010)
This is an addition to the still-too-small number of Indigenous picture books. Walaman Creek, the setting for this story, is a tidal creek within the mangrove swamps of the Loongabid Community, on the Dampier Peninsula, WA. Both the motherand- son writing team and the illustrator of this book have connections with the country around Broome. Loongie is a saltwater crocodile who is in a bad situation because he has eaten everything available in his creek. In attempting to eat a new food, some ‘longbum’ snails, he comes to grief, paying a high price for his greed. The illustrations to this simple tale depict Loongie’s world convincingly, especially in the last spread with its underwater view of crabs and mangrove roots, but the crocodile himself is given cartoon-style googly eyes that seem to come from a different style-sheet. Unfortunately the background information about Loongie is more arresting than the book itself. The market could include tourists who thirst for crocodile stories, and teachers of four to eight-year-olds who can encourage comparisons with traditional Indigenous cautionary tales.
Lucy Dann is the author of "Bardi Counting Book." Kiefer Dann is a descendant of the Nyool Nyool people. Bronwyn Houston is an artist who descended from the Nyiyaparli and Yindjiparndi people of the Wana clan in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
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