This Nature Storybook follow-up to the award-winning Desert Lake is a stunningly illustrated and extraordinary story of the yearly weather cycle and attendant changing wildlife of Kakadu National Park, from the Dry to the Wet to the Dry again.

In the tropical wetlands and escarpments of Kakadu National Park, the seasons move from dry to wet to dry again. Those seasons have shaped the astonishing variety of plants, animals, birds, insects ... migratory birds by the thousands, grasshoppers and owls, lizards and turtles, fruit bats and spear grass. And, gliding past them all in the rivers and waterholes, the long, sinuous shapes of crocodiles ...

Dry to Dry: The Seasons of Kakadu by Pamela Freeman and Liz Anelli winner of the Eve Pownall Award 2021


Pamela Freeman is an award-winning author. She has published several books with Walker, including Victor’s Challenge (2009 Aurealis Award winner) and most recently Desert Lake: Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre, which was a CBCA Notable Book and shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

Illustrator Liz Anelli previously lived and worked in England but now resides in Newcastle, NSW. She has a huge passion for drawing and keeps rows of sketchbooks in her studio. In 2017, her book Desert Lake: The Story of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre (written by Pamela Freeman) was a CBCA Notable Book and was short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award, NSW Premier’s History Awards, the Environment Award for Children’s Literature and the Educational Publishing Awards. She will also publish Dry to Dry with Walker in 2020 (written by Pamela Freeman) and The Biscuit Maker (written by Sue Lawson). Her other picture books with Walker Books include Ten Pound Pom (written by Carole Wilkinson) - shortlisted for CBCA Picture Book of The Year and winner of the Educational Publishing Awards in 2018 - and Maddie’s First Day (written by Penny Matthews).


The mixed media illustrations are stylish and impressionistic, colours muted and understated, and children will enjoy looking for the many animals, birds and plant life shown


Truly truly beautiful and so informative. A really special example of a wonderful non-fiction picture book that will enchant all ages

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a stunning mixed media book celebrating the natural wonder and cycles of the Kakadu … highly recommended

Reading Time

this exquisite book is one kids will want to pull open to explore time and again.

Kids' Book Review


CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
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