What happens when there is no telly? What happens when there is only a pot belly stove to set a glow in the little house at the bottom of the world? And what is it about this pot belly?

Something about the way it stands there in the corner of the room...Something about the way it looks. It isn’t until we’ve all gone to sleep that the truth comes out...

In this book, making your own fun is the only option when you are far away from technology deep in the Aussie Bush. The magic pot belly stove makes his own fun, teaming up with Ned Kelly for iron-man races and adventure.

This is part of a charming and very different series of Australiana. The illustrations are quirky and fresh, and the story is playful and surprising and told in rhyme.

Includes: Hide-and-find fun: There are 23 Ned Kelly helmets hidden in the illustrations.


Maree Coote is a writer, designer, illustrator and photographer. She is the author of two gold award winning histories, 'The Melbourne Book' and 'The Art of Being Melbourne', and is author/illustrator of a dozen children's books, including the Bologna Ragazzi Special Mention 2017 Award-winning 'Spellbound’, and the Nami Concours Illustration Distinction Prize. Her graphic work for children is focused on the typographic illustrations (Letter Art) she has developed in her recent books.

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