The Big Book of Australian Nursery Rhymes

Illustrator: Frané Lessac

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Walker Books Australia

Age 2+

Children's, Young Adult & Educational Early Learning: Verse & Rhymes

Chant and clap, play and sing along to this fun-filled collection of nursery rhymes with an Australian twist by bestselling author and illustrator, Frané Lessac.

Row, row, row, your boat, Gently down the creek. If you hear a Tassie devil, Don’t forget to shriek!
Tweaked and twisted nursery rhymes include:Twinkle, Twinkle, Southern Stars; Rock-a-Bye, Joey;
D-I-N-G-O!; This Little Froggy; Lizzie Had a Little Bat;Here We Go Round the Banksia Bush; Hop Goes the Bilby; Three Blind Moles; Old McDonald Went Out Bush ... and many more in this glorious 96-page volume, destined to be an Australian classic


Frané Lessac is an author and illustrator of international renown, having nearly fifty children’s books published throughout the world. She was born in the USA and lived on the Caribbean island of Montserrat, as well as in London, before moving to Australia. Frané loves to travel and create books based on her worldwide journeys. She has contributed her distinctive paintings to many critically acclaimed children’s picture books including, The Legend of Moondyne Joe which won the West Australian Premier’s Children’s Book Award, and Simpson and His Donkey, a CBCA Honour Book that was also selected as a USBBY Outstanding International Book. In 2019, We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, written by Traci Sorell, was awarded the Robert F. Sibert Honor Book Honor medal, the Orbis Pictus Honor Book medal and the Boston Globe Horn Book Honor medal.


A wonderfully imaginative Australian adaptation of 29 traditional nursery rhymes. While retaining the original rhythms and basic narratives, each verse features a well-known bird or animal.

Reading Time

Frané has used bright, vibrant colours in her illustrations that reflect the nursery rhyme – each one has specific and cleverly crafted to ensure it evokes exactly what the words reveal, as well as being able to engage young children who can see the nursery rhyme being read to them playing out on the pages as they look at the book…a few tweaks that give the nursery rhymes new life and magic, and something that I think is wonderful for all ages, as it is filled with memories of what we know whilst also making new memories, and I loved the way this book has come together for Australians of all ages.

The Book Muse

Adults and children alike will be captivated by the naïve, colourful illustrations and the recognisable tunes and rhymes, which will be re-visited over and over again.

Kids Book Review

This is a lovely interactive book that kids will love to read with someone and try out for themselves. Highly recommended.

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