By: Michael Wagner
Illustrated by: Tom Jellett
Genre: YBC - Picture books
Published by: Penguin Australia
Published: 20 Sep 2022
ISBN: 9781760894061


Explore our wonderful coastline and the joy of a family road-trip with Dad and Daisy! Featuring 40 pages of extraordinary comic-style illustrations, this unique picture book will have you dreaming of a holiday around Australia or maybe even planning a van life with the help of the journey map in the endpapers.

The hugely popular creators of Why I Love Footy and Why I Love Summer are back together with a moving family story that is also a true celebration of what we love most about the Australian landscape, family holidays and classic Kombi vans.

Daisy lives in inland Australia with her dad and her grandparents. It's home, and she loves the red dirt land around her. But when her dad realises that she's never seen the beach and thinks the Australian anthem is about a country 'dirt by sea', he sets off to show her the ocean in a once-in-a-lifetime father-daughter trip along the Australian coast, inspired by the first holiday he took with Daisy's mum.

Along the way they will learn about Australia and much, much more.

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Written by the super talented Michael Wagner, and illustrated in comic book fashion by Tom Jellett, we have the story of a uniquely Australian road trip.

When Daisy wonders why our anthem has the words ‘Dirt by Sea’ in it, her Dad decides that it is definitely time for Daisy to leave their inland home and see the beach for real.

Daisy’s Mum is no longer around, but Dad decides to pull out her old Kombi van and retrace the road trip around Australia that they took early in their relationship.

What follows is a story of celebration of everything that is wonderful about Australia. This a terrific graphic story, suitable for all primary students aged 6 and older.

Reviewed by Rob