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. Now in paperback.

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 ...


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.

Liz Anelli once had a job dusting dinosaurs at London’s Natural History Museum. Nowadays she draws every day and illustrates picture books; combining collage, printmaking and paint into digitally composed artworks. These have collected numerous shortlistings and awards. In between books she creates quirky illustrated maps. Having spent ten glorious years in Australia she and her husband are now living in Cambridge, England. Liz loves sharing her passion for making pictures at festivals, libraries and schools around the world.


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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